Walks in the
Beyond the Abbey buildings with its walled and semi-formal gardens lie over 500 glorious acres of parkland – a tranquil green oasis of woodland and open grass land. The parkland is home to a number of local businesses including an equestrian centre, angling club and golf course all of which offer visitors a chance to enjoy a range of sporting activities.
There are plenty of routes through the splendid ancient trees, to choose from around the park for visitors to explore, which lead through woodland and grassland, to lake shore.
Details of possible walk routes are available from the Visitor Welcome desk or you will find more information about walks and areas of interest on the Delapré Park website page, along with a leaflet map to download.
In December 1291, the funeral cortège of Eleanor of Castile, Queen of Edward I, halted at Delapré overnight en route from Harby near Lincolnshire to Westminster in London.
To commemorate Queen Eleanor’s final journey, her husband King Edward I had a memorial cross erected at each of the funeral procession’s 12 resting places. The Eleanor Cross to the south of the Abbey parkland alongside the London Road is today one of only three crosses still surviving. A pathway leads through the trees alongside the London Road from the main driveway entrance to the cross if you wish to take a closer look.
Originally a gravel pit, Delapré Lake is a haven for both wildlife and water based leisure activities including water skiing and angling.
Pathways through the park around the banks of the lake make this a popular spot for walkers.
It is a haven for specimen anglers, as the lake contains some of the oldest carp – some weighing as much as 40 lbs – in the region along with substantial shoals of Bream and Tench. Appropriate licencing is required with more information available from the Delapré Lake Angling Facebook Page.