This area was formally a part of the nearby Belmont & Tyntesfield Estates in Wraxall. Consequently, many of the larger trees were planted in the 19th century. The Giant Sequoia grove dates from this period of estate landscaping.
The owner of the Belmont estate in 1804, John Penrose Seymour, bought Tyntes Place and his eldest son built a mansion, constructed in 1820. This was sold to the Gibbs family in 1843. Then in 1863 William Gibbs began a huge rebuilding programme to create Tyntesfield as it is today. The Belmont estate broke away from the Tyntesfield estate when the National Trust purchased Tyntesfield in 2001. So there is plenty of history in the area.
For those interested in the Belmont Estate (a working estate that sells fine quality meat, wood, charcoal etc) and local area, please click here.
We have put together a circular one and a half hour walk, starting and finishing at Gatcombe farm shop, to show you this lovely wood with good tracks and some majestic Redwood trees.
Gatcombe farm has a fabulous farm shop & parking. The farm has the Greedy Goose Tea rooms & Carvery if anyone fancies a cuppa & cake or a lovely lunch!
Walk led by Mel Mackintosh
No dogs please.
Cost: Members £15, Non members £20