Nature Tours

Connect with nature

Getting outdoors is essential for our physical and mental health, not only for the chance to enjoy the fresh air, but also to feel more connected to the world around us. Our range of nature walks give you access to unique, under-explored areas of the Castle Ashby estate that will leave you feeling more energised and motivated.

SANE COPSE

PONDS WALK

This nature walk gives you the opportunity to learn about the diversity of the woodland ponds in Sane Copse, including a short pond dipping session to see some of the resident pond life up close. You’ll also discover more about conservation management here.

Upcoming walks: 2nd May.

£15 per person. Minimum age 16 years old.

WOODLAND ADVENTURE

SANE COPSE NATURE WALK

A short drive from The Falcon Hotel, this beautiful woodland area offers the perfect opportunity to learn about our wildlife, especially our unique aquatic creatures. Breathe in the fresh countryside air and immerse yourself in these beautiful surroundings.

Upcoming walks: 23rd April. 

£15 per person. Minimum age 16 years old.

INTO THE WILD

DEER PARK WALK

On this two-hour nature tour (including hotel transfer), your guide, Andy Patmore will lead you around this enclosed 85-acre park. He will share information about the types of deer and the ancient trees that make this park so special. Don’t forget your binoculars, suitable clothing and footwear.

Upcoming walks: 7th May.

£15 per person. Minimum age 16 years old.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

BIRD RINGING

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the beauty of some native birds up close with expert naturalist Nick Wood. Learn how wild birds are caught, identified and tracked, while observing their intricate markings before releasing them back into the wild.

Upcoming demonstrations: 24th April and 15th May.

Free event. Minimum age 16 years old.

HISTORY AND HERITAGE

CASTLE ASHBY GROUNDS WALK

Join Liz Lowry for the Castle Ashby Gardens Tour. Liz is a Blue Badge Guide, and will take you on an inspiring 90-minute walk, bringing to life some of the unique history of Castle Ashby House and gardens. The tour includes a visit to the Italian gardens and arboretum.

£15 per person. Minimum age 16 years old.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

YARDLEY CHASE HIKE

Join us on a unique and exclusive five to six-mile walk that circles back from The Falcon grounds and through Sane Copse to the private woods of Yardley Chase. Experience the beautiful woodland flora and fauna at this time of year with your expert guide, Andy Patmore.
 
Arrive at the hotel by 9am for a short bus ride to the start of the walk and return to The Falcon Hotel by 1pm. Hiking shoes are highly recommended!
 
Upcoming walks: 1st May and 22nd May.
 
£15 per person. Minimum age 16 years old.
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