Houses & Gardens inspired Foot Trails

English houses and gardens are a delight to explore on foot and so we have included some magnificent examples as we have created our Foot Trails. (We have created over 1000 miles across South West England).

They range from different periods of history and in different counties enabling you to dive into the Elizabethan or Jacobean as you explore and with gardens created by some of the greatest names in English garden design such as Capability Brown.

Honeysuckle at Hidcote Gardens

Stately Houses.

For real house and garden lovers, try Foot Trails English Country Houses and Gardens. A walk and explore style walking trip packed with houses and gardens. Or for a flavour, try Somerset Knights Tale or in Wiltshire, Knights Medieval Castle.

Old Wardour Castle

Who lived in our stately homes?

Our stately homes have had many different owners over the centuries. Wardour Castle is one such stately home / castle, in Wiltshire, England. It was built for the Lovell family. Wardour Castle (Knights Medieval Castle Trail) was a trend setter. At the time it was built English fashion was evolving and Wardour was at the height of the trend. Anyone who was anyone in medieval England had a grand castle! It was a display of wealth and power. In 1393 Lord Lovell enlisted the help of a medieval architect and began to create England’s only hexagonal castle.

Old Wardour Castle

Capability Brown – Garden Designer

Lancelot Brown, more commonly known as “Capability Brown” was an English landscape architect. He created over 170 parks including grounds you can see on your Foot Trails including our Knights Medieval Castle Trail. He was nicknamed Capability because he would tell his clients that the property had “capability” for improvement.

Prior Park House & Gardens

House Histories and stories – Prior Park

On Foot Trails Priors View Trail (Complete Cotswolds or Bath City & Country or Bath & Avon) you’ll find the stunning Prior Park. The landscape garden sits in a sweeping valley with views to Bath. The house was designed by John Elder and was built for Ralph Allen, an entrepreneur and philanthropist who was Mayor of Bath and member of parliament for Bath.
Allen acquired stone quarries at Combe Down and used the stone to build the city of Bath.

Hidcote Gardens

Garden Histories and stories – Hidcote Gardens

Take Foot Trails Complete Cotswolds trail and you can explore the magnificent gardens at Hidcote. Hidcote is one of the best known and most influential Arts and Crafts gardens in Britain. It has linked rooms of hedges, (the garden is divided into a series of outdoor rooms) and there are rare trees and shrubs and herbaceous borders.

Flower display

Stourhead House & Gardens

On Foot Trails Stourhead, Living Landscapes trail in Wiltshire, you’ll find Stourhead House and Gardens. Now owned by the National Trust it was created by wealthy banker Henry Hoare. Despite its tremendous beauty, with a lake, grand house, temples and grottos, all inspired by Henry’s extensive European travels, Henry’s personal story was tragic. He outlived all of his children, losing two daughters in child birth and he lost two wives.

Discover Stourhead on Foot Trails English Country Houses & Gardens Tour.

Montacute House

Montacute House & Gardens

Choose Foot Trails Somerset Knights Quest and you can enjoy exploring Montacute House and Gardens. Montacute is a masterpiece of Elizabethan renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of hamstone and surrounding gardens, it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Create your perfect walking or hiking trip with Foot Trails

At Foot Trails our specialist knowledge means that we can create a trip centered around what interests you most. Maybe you love houses and gardens or simply find out more about England’s rich history and landscapes.

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Here are a few suggested example itineraries to get you started:

  • Country Houses and Gardens on foot

    Splendour & Grandeur in the country

    A must for anyone who loves English country houses and gardens. From stately homes to wandering down long meandering driveways, see the South West's greatest gardens with a memorable Foot Trail. Stay for several nights in multiple locations of up to 6 different counties of South West England. Read more
  • Somerset Knights Quest

    Staying in one place, Somerset

    Discover little known but beautiful and historic south Somerset, land of the summer people, an area steeped in myth and legend. You'll enjoy stunning castles, beautiful stone villages and hill forts with legends of King Arthur. Read more
  • Bath City & Country

    Staying in one place, Bath

    Enjoy the best of Bath's city and the countryside. This walking/hiking holiday based in the heart of the world heritage city of Bath takes in the ancient Roman and Georgian city of Bath and its peaceful, spectacular surrounding countryside. Discover mellow stone architecture, pretty stone cottages, the River Avon and Royal Crescent. Read more
  • Wessex Ancient Kingdom

    Our signature inn to inn walking trail

    This inn to inn (village to village) walking experience is your ultimate experience of hiking rural England. Full of history and breath-taking English countryside, from rivers to woods, character villages & cottages to breath-taking scenery & views, this trail has it all! Read more