With the cricket at Headingley over in 3 days I had a day to chill before I headed home from Leeds. Before I left I checked out my National Trust stop off and decided on Clumber Park in Sherwood Forest.
Just off the A1 it was perfect! Rather than rewrite the outline of this stunning property I’ve copied the blurb from the `National Trust Website –
Clumber Park is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres.
Clumber was once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. Although the house was demolished in 1938, there are many glimpses of its grand past to explore. From the Gothic-style chapel, often referred to as a ‘Cathedral in miniature’, you can follow in the footsteps of Dukes through the peaceful pleasure ground to the Walled Kitchen Garden where you can experience sights, scents and a taste of the past.
Today Clumber offers freedom to discover a ducal park – explore picturesque parkland and gardens, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake. Not only is Clumber’s mosaic of habitats home to an amazing array of wildlife, it is also a great place to spot it.
I can confirm every word written and my photos hopefully reflect how beautiful Clumber Park is. To be able to get as close as I did to the wildlife pictured was wonderful! I was very lucky with the squirrels, 2 ladies were feeding them, it was almost as if they’d set up a wildlife photo shoot for me!
And as is my way, I had a delicious cream tea for lunch in a sumptuous setting, all in all it was a delightful oasis to break up a 4 hour journey.