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.
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.
Tickets (from 1st February 2019)
£5 per adult
£2.50 per child (5-16yrs)
£12.50 family of four (2 adults, 2 children)
Under 5’s free
£50 annual pass (pass holder and a guest)
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 iFootpath walking app available for Android and iOS.
For parkland access conditions of use, please click here.
If you would like to explore the extensive walking further afield on the Estate and at Swinton Bivouac, please click here to find out more.