Description and Walk
Houghton Hall was commissioned as a private estate in 1700 by Alice Brandreth, it was part of a much larger land holding of one Henry Brandreth who once owned all of what is now Houghton Regis.
Now in public ownership with 42 acres of parkland and woodland, Houghton Hall Park was awarded Heritage and Lottery grants as part of the Renaissance and Renewal Project to rejuvenate the area into a public space. The work was completed in October 2017.
Houghton Hall Park now presents as a path running around the periphery of a number of large fields. Some are mowed and others are left to grow, presumably in order to support small wildlife: butterflies and such.
The park is popular with dog walkers (see our video), picnickers, joggers and those just out to stretch their legs.
Houghton Hall Park includes an impressive visitor centre with café, wooded areas, as well as the fields, plus a formal garden, part of which produces plants for the kitchen - or 'fruit and veg' as I like to call them. It’s well worth a visit, and justifies the management’s claim to be a hidden gem.