It was such delightful weather this weekend, around these parts anyway, and we definitely needed both to exercise and to get out into the countryside. On Saturday afternoon we had a long walk at Consall Country Park. We made our way through the woods and down to the canal and walked quite a way along the wet and muddy towpath. I've taken you here in so many posts over the years so I'll just add a couple of photos before moving on to our Sunday walk.
It was a sunny afternoon and there were so many reflections in the canal. The one above of a steam train from the Churnet Valley Railway on its way to Cheddleton. The railway runs alongside the canal for quite a way. Below the canal is reflecting a small cottage near the bridge that has recently been refurbished . I love the way the arch of the bridge reflects in the water too.
On Sunday we decided to go to Kedleston Hall and walk along the Long Walk around the estate. I've took you here this time last year in this - post.
We'd just set out on our walk when we spotted something new on the horizon - what could it be?
It looked liked a huge ear trumpet! We diverted from the walk to cross the field and find out what it was. We listened and could hear the buzzing of insects.
The view from the hill was stunning.
Back on the walk we carried on along the path stopping to look at fungi and other signs of autumn along the way.
We reached the halfway mark and admired the vista of the Hall in the distance.
Up here was another 'trumpet' this time pointing downwards to the ground. Again we listened but I struggled to hear anything. I know my hearing isn't as good as it was 'wear and tear' they said when I last had a test!
The sheep were gathered near the gate only half interested in what we were doing.
The end of the walk takes you along the river bank and there was a third 'trumpet' here, this time aimed at the water. I didn't take any photos as it was always surrounded by people trying to hear what was happening in the water. Again some lovely reflections especially of the autumnal trees.
At the end of the walk we found out what the 'trumpets' were. There were four in all, apparently a smaller one was in a tree somewhere near where I took the above photos. They are sculptural installations by Studio Weave and the National Trust which are designed to enhance the visitor experience. Called 'Hear, Here' the art works will amplify the sounds of the surrounding landscape. You will find more information about them - here
After our walk it was warm enough to sit at the picnic tables to eat our sandwiches, sip our coffee and watch the world go by.