Shotover circular walks

Information about walks around Shotover and Stanton St John.

Starting from the easily accessible Thornhill Park & Ride, these walks are part of a former royal forest and will transport you to a countryside idyll of rural tranquillity, with short routes to attractive Shotover features.

Route 1 provides three possible short walks to CS Lewis Nature Reserve, across Shotover Plain to Shotover Estate and to Shotover Country Park, where you can follow one of three colour-coded walking trails.  

Route 2 passes through countryside and the attractive stone village of Stanton St John and the grand Georgian Mansion of Woodperry House, built in 1728-31.  

Distance: Route 1 - 2 or 5 mile options;  Route 2 - 7.5 miles
Length on road/village lane (not on Public Rights of Way) Route 1 - 2-12% (depending on route chosen);  Route 2 - 24%
Dogs: Under close control; on leads where livestock present
Disabled access: Route 1 is stile free; Route 2 has a number of stiles and some areas get quite muddy
Public transport:

See the Traveline website.

Public Houses:

Route 2 - The White Horse Thai restaurant in Forest Hill and several in Stanton St John

Public amenities:

Car parking at Thornhill Park & Ride

Download a map and points of interest

Download our an easy-to-follow map, comprehensive directions and points of local interest. You can also view these routes on our interactive countryside map.

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