The Lady Frances Woodland Walk is a beautiful Elizabethen forest walk that starts at Wells House and meanders through the adjacent Woodlands for 1.2km.
These woodlands are open to be explored and offer a wide variety of mature trees to be appreciated and climbed and beautiful shrubs and plants. There is also a selection of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. Keep an eye out for the original Wishing Well, fairy doors, our fairy castle and many more surprises along the way.
This woodland walk has been named after Lady Frances who lived at Wells from 1870 with her husband Charles Mervyn. Like most Ladies of her time she was taught to paint. She became an accomplished painter and continued to paint in water colours all her life. Lady Frances was also a keen gardener and reportedly planted hundreds of varieties of daffodils throughout the estate. A selection of her paintings is on display at Wells House.
On each visit, there will be something new to discover, whether it’s the sounds of the birds and wildlife, the effect of the changing seasons, the woodland sculptures or just a new tree to climb. Be sure to come back and to see Lady Frances’ Daffodils, the bluebells, foxgloves, snowdrops and more.
The Lady Frances Woodland Walk has recently been re-surfaced and is family friendly.