Sitting elegantly in 162 hectares (400 acres) of historic parkland and gardens, this 18th-century house was purchased by Lord and Lady Iliffe in the 1950s, when it was de-requisitioned after the Second World War. With extraordinary vision, the Iliffes brought Basildon Park back to life, acquiring a collection of fine furnishings and carefully selected Old Masters.
The wooded parkland offers glorious seasonal colour, with spring bluebells, summer buttercups and autumn leaves, while the landscape has been carefully restored to offer wonderful views, peaceful trails and picnic places, with areas for children to run and play.
The large parklands provide wonderful photography opportunities all year round. There are also plenty of opportunities to capture the wonderful architecture as well as exploring your street photography skills with the many visitors.
The 400 acres of parkland offers routes to suit everyone, with four way-marked walks to choose from. From half a mile to 3 miles, our routes can take you around the estate through the woodland and fields, with fantastic views of the mansion through the trees. Look out for wildlife and see the seasons changing.
The National Trust suggests that the most popular route is the green walk, with spectacular views of the estate, and a stroll back through open parkland. If you’re feeling more energetic, the orange route will take you on a 3 mile loop around the boundary of the estate, past the oldest trees at Basildon. This is the one that we took.
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Pictures I took on my Basildon Park Photo Walk
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