A new stretch of the England Coast Path which takes in the White Cliffs of Dover and the place Julius Caesar landed in Britain has been launched.
Being fair weather walkers and not great shoppers, what to do on a wet day in South Lakes?
Happily for us we’d consulted the weather forecast so travelled to the southern end of the Lake District for the Easter weekend fully armed with a wet weather suggestion.
We were heading to the Midlands for the weekend, so we decided to stop off at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, as we’d heard good things about it during last year’s visit to nearby Moseley Old Hall (not yet blogged about but highly recommended!).
This week we decided to return to Cheshire, to the National Trust cotton mill Quarry Bank, built in 1784. We’ve been there many times before, but its always interesting to return every so often to see what’s changed, particularly in the gardens. Yet again the sky was grey, with not a drop of golden sun to be seen, but it was at least dry. The trees did, however, provide us with plenty of autumn colours. We Brits are easily pleased!
After our super day out last week at Dunham Massey we decided that this week we would return to Cheshire and head to another National Trust property, Tatton Park. The sky was not quite as blue unfortunately, but there was still plenty of colour to be seen in the garden.
Dunham Massey is a large Georgian house in Altrincham, Cheshire with a fine garden and a magnificent deer park. It is a National Trust property with a large car park, a new visitor centre, a restaurant and large grounds to walk around, even on days when the house is closed.
Sheffield Park and Garden is a National Trust property located in East Sussex – nowhere near Sheffield at all! As we were visiting family in the area and hadn’t visited the garden for many years, we thought we might pay a visit. It was a beautiful September day, so we were looking for somewhere for a flat, gentle stroll, followed by a light lunch, where everyone in our party would be able to enjoy a few hours. We weren’t disappointed.
Powis Castle, 1 mile from Welshpool, Wales, stands high on a rock overlooking its spectacular garden, with far reaching views of the surrounding landscape. Beginning life as a medieval fortress built to control the border with England, it has been modified over 400 years into a comfortable country mansion which was given to the National Trust in 1952.
A week in Pembrokeshire would not be complete without a visit to Tenby. A visit to Tenby by car in the height of the August holiday season, however, was not to be undertaken lightly. Or so we were warned in advance of our visit.
Beautiful Bodnant Garden in North Wales was established in 1874 and was given to the National Trust in 1949. Whether you are a keen gardener yourself or just enjoy being in a beautiful garden, it really is a fabulous place to visit.