Discover Delapré Park

Beyond the Abbey buildings with its walled and semi-formal gardens lie over 500 glorious acres of parkland – the mixture of woodland, open grassland cut through by pathways offering tranquil green oasis – a welcome respite from Delapré Abbey’s busy urban surroundings.

The parkland is also 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 against the backdrop of an historic country house.

The varied habitats within the park – from formal woodland to open grass meadow – are a haven for both flora and fauna. From magnificent ancient trees to green woodpeckers,  there’s plenty for the the wildlife enthusiasts to look out or listen for.


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.

The Eleanor Cross

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.

The Lake

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 Delapre Lake Angling Facebook Page.

Delapre Lake