The parkland adjacent to the Swinton Park castle hotel and Swinton Country Club & Spa on the Swinton Estate offers extensive walking in a beautiful late 18th Century listed landscape. Designed during the Picturesque period and influenced by the great landscapes of Capability Brown, the Parkland was created by Danby family during the 1760's. A deer park, five lakes, gardens and follies were laid out and planted, and the walking routes today explore all of these.
There are suggested routes, that take in Coffin Lake, Dales View, Quarry Gill and Top Lake with its standing stones and island. The shortest walk, around Coffin Pond, takes about 30 minutes, but to explore the whole area will take several hours.
Closer to the Hotel, Terrace restaurant, Estate Shop and Spa is the four acre walled garden. This is a working kitchen garden, that grows huge quantities of fruit, herbs and vegetables (over 60 varieties) along with a cutting garden that grows flowers for the Hotel and Estate Shop in the summer months.
This is a hive of activity, and you will often see chefs wandering into the garden to collect ingredients for the day.
Although not an organic garden, many innovative methods are used to ensure that sprays and insecticides are kept to an absolute minimum. There is also a wild flower meadow that provides a great swathe of colour in the summer and early autumn, and attracts many insects and bees.
For visitors staying at the Hotel (or visiting for the day), there are views from many of the rooms across the Deer Park and the serpentine stretch of water that forms Home Lake. The deer graze peacefully there throughout the year. Hotel guests can also visit the Birds of Prey at the aviary at any time, housed in what was once the Orangery.
Lake Island on Top Lake, a short walk from Coffin Pond and Quarry Gill in the Parkland, is a private retreat. Here you can hold an exclusive celebration or private event.
Take a hand-drawn cable ferry across to your own private kingdom, complete with a miniature Georgian-style summerhouse. The House can be transformed into a romantic setting with flowers, candles and twinkling fairy lights, creating the perfect venue for a proposal, winter picnic or anniversary celebration. Alternatively, the peaceful and serene setting of the Lake House lends itself really well to solitude and quiet mindfulness. The island also has a stone table and fire pit for outdoor picnics in warmer months.
With a fixed, holistic eye on ‘earthing’ your wellness, the space provides a dedicated outdoor environment for exercise and classes; from yoga and tai chi, to Pilates and meditation. There is also a ‘barefoot path’ for you to use at any time with your parkland and gardens pass.
This space is available for members, spa day guests and residents to enjoy. If you’re visiting for the day, or want the option to ‘drop in’ whenever you’re next in the area, a Parkland and Gardens Pass can be purchased for £10 per day, or £50 for an entire year per person. Passes are available from the Swinton Country Club & Spa reception.
With a purpose-built swimming platform, our ‘wild swimming’ pond in the grounds of Swinton Park, is ready for you! Whether you have tried wild swimming before or not, we highly recommend you give it a go. Swimming ‘wild’ is incredibly beneficial to your wellbeing; both physically and mentally. Benefits can include; reduced muscle soreness, reduction in inflammation, immune system boosting, improved circulation and there is also claims it boosts brain power!
Please bring your own towel, we can provide a tow float for you to use!
Available throughout the year between 7am or sunrise (whichever is later) and 9pm or sunset (whichever is earlier)
If you’re already spending time with us as a Country Club & Spa day guest, or staying at Swinton Park, in one of our cottages, or at Swinton Bivouac, Wild Swimming is one of our complimentary activities. If you’re visiting for the day, a Parkland and Gardens Pass can be purchased for £10 per day, or £50 for an entire year per person. Passes are available from the Swinton Country Club & Spa reception.
Booking is now essential - please call our spa reception 01765 680950 to book.
Our Woodland Wellbeing Space, located behind the Walled Garden, is a space designed to unwind and relax. When you arrive, be aware of the tranquillity of the environment, and absorb the sounds, colours and textures. Our hammocks in the trees offer a tranquil space where you can absorb the natural sights and sounds. ‘Wellness packs’, including a woollen blanket and hot water bottle to keep you warm, are available from the Estate Shop, for a small refundable deposit.
This space is available for members, spa day guests and residents to take time out and discover their wellbeing. If you’re visiting for the day, or want the option to ‘drop in’ whenever you’re next in the area, a Parkland and Gardens Pass can be purchased for £10 per day, or £50 for an entire year per person. Passes are available from the Swinton Country Club & Spa reception.
In order to maintain the conservation and sustainability of the gardens & parkland at Swinton Park, we kindly ask for a contribution for it to be enjoyed by many more guests in the years to come.
For a daily gardens and parkland pass, please visit the Estate Shop, located at the entrance of Swinton Country Club & Spa.
£10 per adult
£2.50 per child (5-16yrs)
£12.50 family of four (2 adults, 2 children)
Under 5’s free
The Day Pass provides access across the Estate, including parking at Swinton Bivouac.
£50 annual pass (pass holder and a guest)
The Annual Pass provides access across the Estate, including an annual parking pass at Swinton Bivouac.
Hotel residents and diners of Samuel’s Restaurant receive complimentary access throughout their visit.
Each group will receive a map of a chosen walk on Swinton Estate and a gardens and parkland daily pass. Walking routes are by kind permission of the Swinton Estate. There are no public rights of way within the Parkland. All walks can be accessed via the AllTrails walking app available for Android and iOS.