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Walks & Trails

With over 330 acres of stunning, natural parkland, Burton Constable offer some of the most scenic and satisfying walks Hull and East Yorkshire visitor attractions have to offer. 

Our outdoor spaces provide perfect escapism. Explore our 5 alternative walking routes or get involved with our Wildlife Sculpture Trail & Parkland Waymarker Trail! If you're looking for things to do in Hull and East Yorkshire, be it a family day out or an adventure with friends, our Grounds, Stables, Hall & Stables Kitchen are well equipped to keep you entertained for the full day. 

Suitable footwear is recommended for all of our walks and trails. Please follow the countryside code by closing gates behind you and adhering to any instructions or signage. Keep your dog on a lead at all times. Also, be aware of any cattle or grazing animals. 

 

 

Walks at Burton Constable

 

Lakeside Walk

Stretch your legs and take in the scenery around as you wander around our glorious lakes. As you head across Hundred Acre, you will see the lakes glimmering on the horizon. What were once a series of fishing ponds, they were eventually converted into two lakes, separated by a dam-cum bridge, by Lancelot 'Capability 'Brown, in the decade between 1772-1782. Here you can expect to find lots of nature and wildlife as you circle around the lakes and admire the views back towards the Hall & Stable Block.

The Lakeside Walk takes approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour to journey around but there are plenty of benches surrounding the lake, should you wish to rest and take a little longer.

East Park Walk

Gallivant through the East Park, in-between and around the impressive tree clumps which were designed to shield the house from public view. As you loop back around you should approach the wildlife pond where a more natural habitat has evolved, attracting many birds and insects. 

This is one of our shorter walks and will only take around half an hour to complete, depending on how long you stop to admire the wildlife.

Woodland Walk

Venture through the woodland and navigate your way under the canopy of trees towards the Constable Moby site. It's likely that the sheep and lambs will be grazing nearby and rabbits may shoot across your path as you head out towards the woodland loop. The flora within the woodland is seasonal and it's quite an astonishing site when the daffodils are in bloom. Head back down the chalk path where the former aircraft hangers were and admire the wildflowers and peacefulness.

Our Woodland Walk takes approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour. Again, there are a few rest points in place should you fancy a more leisurely stroll.

5K Walk

For the more adventurous of you with that little extra stamina, our new 5k walk entices you around some of the best sections of our parkland, including the lakes, woodland and a full circuit around our stunning Elizabethan mansion back towards the Stable Block.

This route will take over an hour, at least, so make sure you're fully prepared with appropriate footwear and water to re-hydrate!  

Winter Walk

Adventure across the ancient medieval site of Burton Constable. Admire the variety of trees, shrubbery and wildlife as you wander across the original village and its roads beneath your feet!

This walk can take around 45 minutes to complete and is only recommended from October-March whilst the cattle are not in the field.

 

 

Trails at Burton Constable

 

Little Explorers Trail

With 10 interpretation panels strategically placed around our Grounds, each packed with historical information, fun educational facts and awesome activities, this one is for the true explorers! Plus if you're thirsty for more even knowledge, you can access some by scanning the QR codes provided. 

We'd advise giving yourself a good hour or more to complete this one.

Parkland Waymarker Trail

Uncover the hidden word from our Waymarker Trail by taking rubbings of each waymarker. There are ten letters to find altogether and they are all situated in prime positions across our grounds, allowing you to take in some of our most popular sights. If you spot a spy hole on any of our waymarkers, have a peak through for a stunning view!

This trail can take around an hour to complete.  

Wildlife Sculpture Trail

This is an ideal way to spend some quality time with friends and family. Kids especially love our Wildlife Sculpture Trail as it's a real-life treasure hunt! The idea is to discover nine different animal sculptures of animal friends that can actually be found living on our parkland. Our sculptures are scattered across our Grounds, giving you plenty of opportunity to absorb the historic parkland and it's natural beauty. There may also some animal sculptures hidden around the House and Gardens, so keep your eyes peeled!

It's recommended that you give yourselves at lest an hour to find all 9 sculptures.

What Was Here Trail

For the first time, we've teamed up with East Riding Archives to create an online trail with audio commentary from the Hall's curator!

Download the What Was Here app for your guide around the parkland,with historic images for you to view alongside today's stunning vistas and with a narrated guide to the history of the landscape you're exploring.

What will you discover?

Did you know?

The Burton Constable Whale is featured in Herman Melville's famous novel Moby Dick. 

Today the Burton Constable Whale is nicknamed 'Constable Moby'

Over 80 different species of birds have been spotted at Burton Constable, from the smallest British bird, the Goldcrest, to large birds of prey such as Buzzards and Barn Owls
Afternoon tea was created by the Duchess of Bedford in the late 18th century. She invited friends to join her for an afternoon meal of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets and, of course, tea. The practice was so popular that it was quickly adopted by other social hostesses