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Walks – Medium (4-6 miles)

The Splendour of the Fonthill Estate and Fonthill Abbey

Distance: 6 miles (10km)
Time: Allow 3 hrs
Terrain: Moderate with a number of steep inclines and declines. 3 stiles.

Description: This circular walk has it all! Discover some of the most scenic countryside the Nadder Valley has to offer, as well as picturesque villages and an impressive rich architectural history. Follow in the footsteps of the notorious Beckford family, wealthy landowners who once owned the Estate, and learn of a bygone era of building extravagant country mansions including the famous 19th Century Fonthill Abbey (also aptly named ‘Beckford’s Folly’), one of the first ever Gothic revival buildings which collapsed and is now a ruin!

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