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The parkland is a mosaic of habitats, with pockets of ancient woodlands, traditional grazing pasture and wild flower meadows, which are full of dragonflies, bees, damselflies and butterflies in summer.

Difficulty: Easy Length: 1 hour/ 2 miles

1 From the courtyard follow the drive past the front of the mansion. Continue past the mature trees until you reach the Boathouse. It looks magical in evening light and if you visit in high summer, you'll spot plenty of wildlife, from swans to damselflies.

2 Follow the path straight on though woodland until you reach a wooden gate. Go through the gate and continue straight on to the carriageway path.

3 Carry on up the path on a gentle climb to reach Obelisk Lodge, the original gatehouse for the estate. It was built in the 17th century and was still inhabited up to the late 1950s.

4 Turn right and follow the grass track along the edge of the meadow until you get to a sharp bend. If you've brought your sarnies and flask, you can go through the gate on the left to enjoy the Hardwick Beck picnic area.

5 To continue your walk, follow the bend to the right and follow the path until you reach a T-junction. Turn right and continue until you find yourself back at the Boathouse Bridge.

6 Turn left to go over Boathouse Bridge

The Catchpenny, Fitzwilliam Home-cooked food and good ales can be found at this country pub near Pontefract. It also has has a terrace, a beer garden and a kids' play area. thecatchpenny.co.uk and continue along the path, walking past the house until you get back to the courtyard.

Details and map at nationaltrust.org.uk/

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Date:Sep 2, 2018
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