Attending a Natural Burial

Please do not attend a burial if you feel unwell.

When attending a funeral PLEASE double or triple park to save space.

Visitors enter the Dalton Woodland Burial Ground at their own risk and should recognise that they need to take care on uneven and possibly muddy or slippery ground; suitable footwear such as sturdy shoes, walking boots or Wellington boots should be worn.

As all our ceremonies and burials take place standing outside in the open air the wearing of warm & water resistant outdoor clothing and a hat is strongly advised; an umbrella can be useful in very wet weather. In hot weather cool long sleeved clothing is strongly advised as is a supply of insect repellent. An umbrella can be useful in a summer downpour.

Due to the nature of the site please be aware that you will almost certainly have to step over other graves to access the graveside.

We recommend folding picnic type chairs complete with a rug for the knees are brought for the use of elderly mourners or for those who have trouble standing for any length of time.

Because of the natural topography of the site disabled access is in places limited please contact the Estate Office for assistance with your visit; we are only too happy to help.

PLEASE NOTE that there are no facilities including handwashing at the site and that the nearest lavatory is under the archway at The Stable Yard, Dalton Hall – easiest access is up the main drive signed Dalton Hall and Estate Office; this loo is wheelchair accessible. There is also a lavatory to the rear of the Dalton Hall Business Centre.

In case of EMERGENCY there is an easily accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED) located in a yellow cabinet within the courtyard of the Dalton Hall Business Centre LA6 1BL and an additional AED at The Stable Yard, Dalton Hall LA6 1NJ. Access to the AEDs is from 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday only.

The Dalton Woodland Burial Ground can subsequently be visited any time between dawn and dusk (one hour before sunrise – one hour after sunset) but only fresh flowers may be left on graves. Other burials may be taking place when you visit so please give due consideration and respect regardless of the religious or spiritual nature concerned.

Before visiting please take time to read and understand the Regulations that relate to this burial ground. Please close the gates after your visit.

Please use common sense and avoid the woodland in storms or periods of high winds.

Directions to the burial ground can be found on the Our Location page.

“When we are dead, seek for our resting-place
Not in the earth, but in the hearts of men”

Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (d.1273)

“Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;”

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)