Visitor Information

Blatherwycke is a parish of 815 hectares on either side of Willow Brook. The south east part of the parish is on Oxford Clay, partly overlain with Boulder Clay.

Footpaths

There are several public footpaths and bridle ways on the Estate that are open to the public (see map). Please stay on the footpaths and keep all dogs on leads due to the presence of ground nesting birds, sheep and cattle. There are also hard roads on the Estate that are not public rights of way. For your own safety please do not use these roads. Picnics and camping are not allowed anywhere on the Estate. Please respect the countryside at all times.

Walled garden

The walled gardens and the crinkle crankle wall that bisects the gardens are being restored to their original glory by the present owners of the Estate.  Seasonal flowers, fruit and vegetables are available periodically by appointment via the contact page.

Wildlife

The Estate has an abundance of wildlife including numerous species of song birds, ground nesting birds and waterfowl. Red kites are always in evidence and egrets can also be seen on the margins of the lake. There are fallow and muntjac deer resident all year round. The Estate also has a breeding herd of old English white park cattle plus a commercial herd of sheep.

Forestry

The Estate has several areas of woodland including designated ancient woodland which is maintained to a high standard with ongoing replanting programmes for both new plantations and existing woodland. The Estate was the first in Northamptonshire to obtain a Countryside Stewardship Scheme where many capital works were undertaken, including replanting of hedgerows and planting a considerable number of trees all for the benefit of nesting birds and other wildlife.

Sustainable Farming

The Estate is firmly committed to sustainable farming and conservation work, to enable us to improve the soil and its associated biodiversity. Wild bird covers and field margins together with new woodland plantations are maintained to provide food and nesting opportunities for wild birds and small mammals.