Today I’ve been on a National Trust visit to Newark Park, a 30 minute drive from home, near Wotton-under-Edge.
As a member of NTS (National Trust for Scotland) I also get free entry to National Trust properies in England and Wales.
Newark Park, set in the hills looking down on the Severn Valley, is an old Tudor hunting lodge dating back to the 1500s which has been extended several times. It is only about 10 years or so since it was last lived in, so it has quite a homely feel to it, and the rooms inside the house are of a good “home” size.
On the estate there are a number of good walking routes which you can do. I got a bit lost and ended up on a route which was technically closed, after going through an open gate and following the footpath to the locked side of a different gate leading off the main path…. Dodgy map reading! I climbed over the locked gate to get back to the main path.
I enjoyed finding a log in the middle of a field and sitting with my book on my own for a bit. Reading a couple of chapters while listening to the sound of the birds. Then I sat by the lake and read more of my book. There is nothing better than reading a book sitting outside in the Sunshine!
I made another friend too…this time, a peacock!