Cricket Travels 2018

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During my rugby travels last year I decided I rather liked visiting National Trust properties, so, on a visit to Cardiff I joined up.  It cost me £5.40 a month in the first year and this coming year is I believe £5.75 a month, amazing value! .  I drive all over the country watching sport, rugby in the winter, cricket, literally all summer.  Rather than drive to the stadium then drive home I decided to find National Trust properties to break my journey.

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My target for this trip was Leeds, to watch England play Pakistan in the second test match of the summer.  A friend checked his NT App for me and we spotted Belton House, just outside of Grantham.  That’s about halfway to Leeds from Chelmsford so a perfect place to stop off.

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I confess one of my main motivations is to partake of a cream tea!  And in this case it was most delightful, so much nicer than fast food in a service station!

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It isn’t all about the food though, I like to give my camera a work out that doesn’t involve a ball!  Belton House has truly beautiful grounds, with the added bonus of Goslings lying near a lake.  The gardens were big enough to sit and ponder awhile, it was delightfully quiet , amazing considering it’s half term!

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There were lots of families enjoying the grounds and gardens, taking enjoyment in simple pleasures, in these days of constant staring at screens it was great to see.

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As well as sharing my photos I’m going to take an explanation of the estate form the NT leaflet –

Belton House is the former home of the Brownlow family and is often cited as being the perfect example of an English country house estate.

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