Description and Walk
Panshanger Park is part of a 1000-acre estate, now owned by Tarmac Holdings. They work in 800 acres of it, and the public has access to the other 200 acres.
The park was owned by The Earl Cowper, circa 1700, and once included the impressive Panshanger House and an orangery. The house is now gone and the orangery is delapidated and fenced-off, which makes it much less worth visiting - see our video, below.
However, very close to the orangery is the Panshanger Great Oak, reckoned to have been planted 450-500 years ago by Queen Elizabeth I. Whether it was or wasn't, it's a very impressive tree and worth a visit - our video doesn't do it justice.
Near to the orangery and the oak are views of the landscape created by Humphry Repton, considered the natural successor to the great Capability Brown.
At the bottom-left of this page there is a link to the Tarmac Holdings web page for Panshanger. We suggest a visit as it maps out routes around the park. Generally, we found the park to be not very well sign-posted, but one tip if you want to find the orangery and the oak is to follow signs for the oak trail if you can find one - we eventually did.