Lambton Park has remained relatively private over the years, but now approximately 13.4 kilometres of permissive footpaths have been opened up south of the River Wear, allowing residents and the public to enjoy the nature, landscape and heritage of the Park.
The network of footpaths take in the old Racecourse, ancient woodland and open parkland, providing a variety of routes to enjoy.
The Estate is an oasis for nature and wildlife and in springtime the woods are carpeted with daffodils, bluebells and wild garlic. Bird life is varied and the parkland is home to sheep, cattle and horses.
The routes across Lambton Park consist of unmade rural paths, occasionally crossing estate roads and can be walked individually or in conjunction with each other.
Please note below that the opening dates and times for the footpaths at Lambton Park may vary throughout the year and there will be occasions when the Park will be closed to the public.
The permissive routes opening times:-
1st February to 30th June Daily from 10am to 4.30pm
1st July to 30th September 10am to 4.30pm Sundays only
Limited car parking is available in a dedicated car park at Bowes Business Park. There will be a £3 charge for car parking. Cash only.
Lambton Park has played host to a wide variety of educational visits over the years, with visitors enjoying both cultural and historical insights into what goes on behind the scenes of this ever-evolving estate.
Visits have included individuals and groups interested in:
- • Careers in the rural community
- • History of the estate (For historical societies as the estate is a prime example of a property maintained by the same family over several generations)
- • Wildlife and game conservancy
- • Historic house preservation (For organisations interested in acquiring the knowledge as to how listed buildings can survive and adapt in the modern world)
- • Decorative arts (For educational groups specialising in the decorative arts)
- • Schools (Children meet the estate staff and are shown a working farm, woodlands, a castle, a manor house, animals and all the aspects that contribute to making the estate what it is)