Autumn at Basildon Park

 As autumn begins, the Parkland and gardens at Basildon Park transform into a riot of oranges, reds and hues of yellow as the leaves change.

With a wide variety of tree species at Basildon Park, there’s much to be seen, and enjoyed, during a walk this autumn.

As you wander through the parkland spot the Tulip trees changing to vibrant colours in September and October.

The yellowing leaves of the Field Maples make for a contrast to the surrounding reds and oranges that are appearing on the beech trees throughout the parkland as well.

There are four way-marked walks around the parkland at Basildon Park to explore autumn colour.

For some of the best views back to the house in autumn, take the green walk that takes you to the very outskirts of the Basildon estate.

Situated right in front of the house, the majestic copper beech at Basildon Park is a Victorian feature planted in 1850, and come autumn puts on a wonderful display of changing colour. 

The tree also has a bittersweet story.

During the Second World War, Bill, a soldier stationed at Basildon Park met and fell in love with a local lady called Alice.

Their plans to marry were dashed when Bill was killed.

Alice remained true to her first love and never married.

On retiring, she volunteered at Basildon Park as a room guide and after her death, her ashes were scattered under the copper beech to be close to her memories of Bill

The tea-room is the perfect place to stop and relax on a visit to Basildon Park.

With delicious treats and a seasonal menu as well as their wonderfully traditional cream teas, there's sure to be something to tempt you.

Main Tea room

The tearoom is on the ground floor of the mansion and serves hot food such as sausage rolls, jacket potatoes and soups, as well as sandwiches, cakes and drinks.

Toolshed Kiosk

Their Toolshed kiosk is open in the stableyard on our busier days and serves drinks and light refreshments for you to enjoy out in the estate.

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The four parkland walks are clearly sign posted, easy to follow and of varying lengths and terrains.

Of course, you are welcome to take a wander off the beaten track.

Put your wellies on, choose your route and enjoy your walk.

In autumn the tree leaves carpet the parkland and you can pick berries and scour out fungi on your walks.

The winter trees offer a new perspective of the parkland, giving you more depth of field to explore.

There are many areas of the parkland for children to explore and play. Some of the clearings are perfect for a bit of den building.

See if you can spot our livestock. During parts of the year we have many different types of cattle grazing on the parkland, including belted Galloways and beef shorthorns.

There are lots of spaces to enjoy a picnic in the parkland - perfect to enjoy a bite to eat while you're out exploring one of the way-marked walks.

Over the carriage drive, through the pheasant park, into the woodland and back to the house down the drive.

Suitable for push chairs.

Approx 20 minutes

This route goes through the woodland and across the landscaped parkland.

Suitable for push chairs.

Approx 40 minutes

A route through the secluded valley, down the carriage drive and up the old drive to the house.

Approx 1 hour 30 minutes

Around the boundary of the parkland, this route includes the oldest trees at the properties.

Approx 2 hours

Autumn at Basildon Park

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