The footpaths that make their way through the deer park at Levens Hall reveal some of the most beautiful and timeless scenery in the country. A haven for wildlife and a breath of peace and tranquility in a busy world. Dogs should be kept on leads and please keep to the footpaths to avoid disturbing the wildlife.
Levens Park is part of a much earlier medieval deer park or hunting enclosure. It was landscaped by Beaumont at about the same time that the gardens were being laid out, three hundred years ago. The early tourists of the 18th century found its picturesque natural grandeur and wild rugged beauty much more attractive than the by then dated and unfashionable formality of the gardens. It is of great importance historically as it marks the beginning of the transition toward the natural landscape style that was to dominate English gardening for at least the next century.
The original carriage drive approach to the Hall would have been through the Park, and here Beaumont emphasised its importance by planting the dramatic and now ancient mile long avenue of oaks. Elsewhere within the Park, plantings were made to enhance the natural effect, rather than to dominate or obliterate it. Trees were placed in natural groupings and woodlands allowed to follow the curves of the river valley.
Black Fallow Deer and a herd of rare breed Bagot Goats roam the park in a landscape little changed over the centuries. Where trees die replacements are planted within their rotten stumps to maintain the integrity of Beaumont's original design. In the 1960s the Ministry of Transport planned to build a dual carriageway through it, but this threat was successfully fought off so the peace and beauty of Levens Park may continue to be enjoyed by generations to come.