Well we didn’t quite make it into the Peak District on Tuesday as planned as we had a lovely surprise visit from my Sister, Brother in Law and Nephew. You forget very quickly what it’s like to have toddlers in the house, Christmas tree decorations ended up in the most surprising places and the boys cars, helicopters and spaceships, which had sat unused in a box for quite a few years were played with again.
We did however manage a day out and a lovely long walk on New Years Day. This year we ended up at Hardwick Hall, we have several favourite National Trust houses that we like to visit to walk the dogs and this is one of them.
It was quite a dull day but out of the wind it wasn’t that cold and when you’ve walked a few miles you soon warm up. It was very muddy and the dogs loved it
We had a quick lunch in the Old Barn restaurant, homemade Mushroom & Watercress Soup and a roll, Yum!
The blown down tree on the right of the picture has been made into a climbing tree with a scramble net.
Definitely needed walking boots or wellies but that’s part of the fun of a winter walk
There were some great views and we hardly met a sole
It took us just over 2 hours to walk round the parkland and we made it back to the house just before it became too dark to see. We followed this route but started at number 3 Harwick Hall Estate Walk, it would have taken less time in dry conditions, we had to navigate a few bogs and we became skilled at staying on our feet while sliding through mud! There are also cattle and sheep along the route and so our dogs stayed on their leads.
We finished with the obligatory cup of tea and cake, unfortunately didn’t get any pictures as they disappeared too quickly! a great end to a great day out