We are delighted that Haddon’s Medieval Private Park is now open to be enjoyed through our programme of guided ecological and historical walks and talks, and wellbeing classes.

Wildlife Walk: The River Life of Haddon Medieval Park

9 Jul

Walk commences at 10.00 am
Duration 2-3 hours

Parkland River Walk: £35.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 yrs)
Parking £3.80 payable on arrival
Places limited, booking is essential – please see link below

Discounted admission to Hall and Gardens: £11.50 per person

Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or alternative date for this event

Toilets are available in the Stable Block at the start and finish of your walk
The Restaurant serves a wide selection of food and drink
Please note, dogs are not permitted on this walk

The Medieval Park at Haddon Hall is a rare treasure, comprising 187 hectares of organic ancient pasture, woodlands, water meadows and river banks.  Largely untouched for over 900 years with a diverse range of habitats, it is home to an incredible variety of wildlife.

At its heart is the Derbyshire River Wye, one of the top five cleanest rivers in England.  Its crystal-clear waters teem with fish, including the only population of wild Rainbow Trout in the country.  This special river also attracts important native species such as otters, water voles, kingfishers, ospreys, grey wagtails and dippers.  The surrounding wetland areas have large iris and sedge beds, and along the river edges, spreading across the water meadows, grow an abundance of wildflowers, including water forget-me-not, meadowsweet, marsh thistle and meadow vetchling.  As it meanders through the Medieval Park the River Wye is punctuated with willow, alder, poplar, oak and ash trees.

In this one-off, exclusive event, well-known local author and keen amateur naturalist Christine Gregory will take you behind the scenes into the private parkland that surrounds Haddon Hall.  For 2-3 hours, walking at a gentle pace with plenty of opportunities for observation and photography, Christine will escort you around the different river habitats within the Medieval Park to discover and appreciate its wildlife.  We recommend that you bring your binoculars!

Christine Gregory is the author of four best-selling natural history books, including A River in Time: The Story of a Peak District River.  Her work reflects her lifelong love of the countryside and concern for the environment.  Christine has been involved in wildlife surveys within Haddon Medieval Park for a number of years and she is passionate about sharing her love of the natural world with others.

Please note that this walk takes place within the unspoilt, natural landscape of the Haddon Medieval Park.  There are few paths, the terrain is uneven in places and may be wet and/or muddy.  For your safety and comfort you are advised to wear walking boots or other stout footwear and to have warm, waterproof clothing available with you to wear if required on the day of your visit. Please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee good weather, nor can we guarantee what species you will see.  Nature is unpredictable!

If you come on one of our Parkland Walks you can also visit the Hall and Gardens on the same day at a discounted price.   After enjoying your walk, simply visit our Ticket Office and show proof of your Parkland walk booking to purchase your discounted ticket.


Wildlife Walk: The River Life of Haddon Medieval Park
9 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Bird Life of Haddon Medieval Park
17 Jul
Wildlife Walk: The Butterflies of Haddon Medieval Park
23 Jul, 20 Aug
Photography Tuition Day within Haddon Medieval Park
27 Jul, 1 Oct

Medieval Parkland Walks
4 Aug, 13 Aug, 10 Sep, 17 Sep, 22 Oct, 29 Oct
Wildlife Walk: The Trees of Haddon Medieval Park
8 Oct