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This three and a half mile walk takes you through open parkland and woodland, along good, easy to follow paths with only gentle gradients. There are excellent views across the park of the southern side of Kedleston Hall. In wet weather the walk can be quite muddy and slippery in places. It is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. Kedleston is located to the north-west of Derby on the Allestree to Hulland Ward road.   


 {Note: The walk can only be completed when the park is open, please check park opening times (Tel. 01332 842338) before setting off.}  




1.       From the car park, walk back to the public entrance to Kedleston Hall, and then follow the road down to the Adam Bridge, which you can see in the distance.


2.       Do not cross the bridge, but turn right and walk alongside the lake. Kedleston Golf Course is soon seen on the opposite side of the lake.


3.       Continue by the lake, passing a weir, and a gate by a ‘Long Walk’ sign.


4.       Shortly after passing through the gate, turn right by the second weir to be seen on this stretch of the walk and follow a clearly defined track, as it rises gently uphill.


5.        At a ‘T’ Junction of paths, turn left and walk up a surfaced track that winds uphill, passing a ‘Long Walk’ sign near the top of the hill.


6.        Once you have reached the top, follow the path to the right along a tree lined path.


7.       Maintain the same direction, passing through two gates in quick succession, between which there are particularly good views of Kedleston Hall.


8.       Walk through Vicar Wood, along a clear path, carrying straight on and ignoring the ‘Short Path’ sign on the right.


9.       Follow the path round when it bends to the right, before heading back towards Kedleston Hall.


10.   Pass through a tall metal ‘House of Lords’ gate and, almost immediately, turn left back to the entrance of the car park and the start of the walk.








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Kedleston Hall (Tel. 01332 842191) is one of the best surviving examples anywhere of the work of Robert Adam. It is lavishly decorated and contains fine collections of paintings, furniture and sculptures. The marble hall has been described as ‘one of the most magnificent apartments of the 18th century in England’. Open from March to October, Saturday to Wednesday (Park and garden from 10am and house from mid-day). Shop and Restaurant open at weekends in the winter. The park is open all year. Closed 25/26 December.


Home Farm on the western side of Markeaton Park is a fine example of a traditional small agricultural holding, the buildings dating back to 1755. A wide range of animals are kept on the farm, including some rare breeds. Seasonal attractions include hatching chicks in the incubator and newborn animals. One of the barns has been converted into a Gift Shop and Education Centre. Home Farm Tea Room is normally open daily from 11am during the school holidays and at weekends throughout the year, serving hot and cold food, drinks and snacks.


Markeaton Park is probably the most popular park in the East Midlands with an estimated one million visitors per year, with its numerous attractions and special events. The former Orangery, now a listed building, has been converted into attractive tea rooms, where weather permitting, visitors can sit outside and admire the superb flower beds. A craft village now occupies what were once the hall stables. It consists of a number of individual units selling a wide range of goods, where visitors can watch skilled craftsmen at work. The village is open throughout the year, but the times of opening of individual units vary.   







Pub Food several country pubs are to be found in neighbouring villages and on the outskirts of Derby.


Kedleston Hall Restaurant and Tearooms (Tel. 01332 842191)

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Only three miles from Derby city centre, Kedleston Hall, a magnificent Neo-classical Georgian house, stands in over 800 acres of Italian style classical landscape. The present house was built for Nathaniel Curzon, the 1st Lord of Scarsdale, whose family has lived at Kedleston, since the 12th Century. The house passed into National Trust ownership in 1987, but the Curzon family to this day still occupies a wing.







Kedleston Hall



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