Sunday, April 21, 2019

An Early Morning Walk


Last week we made a long overdue visit to relatives and we decided that now we don't have to dash there and back in a few hours in order to look after Max we would treat ourselves to an overnight stay and visit some of our old childhood haunts as well.  We grew up in the same area and our parents took us to the same places even though we didn't know each other at the time.

Which is the reason we found ourselves early one morning walking in Clumber Park  a Grade1 listed park now owned by the National Trust.

The Chapel was built in the time of the 7th Duke of Newcastle whose family lived on the estate.  Construction started in 1886 and it was opened three years later.  It was designed by G F Bodley. 

The Serpentine Lake

My favourite geese - Greylags

You can see the outline of the old house next to the chapel in front of the stable block.  It was almost destroyed by fire in 1879 and rebuilt.  The house was finally demolished in 1938.


It was very quiet down by the water's edge, there were very few people out and about so early.

We walked towards and over the bridge.

Unfortunately it was vandalised last year and is still being repaired.

It is a beautiful bridge.

 After our walk it was time for tea and toast in the cafe which had just opened at 10a.m.  We sat in comfy chairs beside this fireplace which was decorated ready for the Easter weekend.

After breakfast it was time to move on so there was no time to see the walled garden, the Discovery Centre and inside the chapel.  Maybe we'll go back again.


In my next posts we'll visit Creswell Crags and Sherwood Forest.


30 comments:

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely....

    Especially love the room, housing the Cafe. It must be someplace old, as the fireplace looks carved and old. Ahhhh the wallpaper! :-))) All in all, a delightful place to have tea. :-)))

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    1. Thank you WoW the cafe is in the old stable block which was part of the estate offices. It was lovely inside with the William Morris wallpaper and decorated fireplace:)

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  2. Good to see back and thank you for sharing your trip.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, glad you enjoyed the trip:)

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  3. A walk early in the morning sounds good to me, it's nice to have places to yourself sometimes :)

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    1. Thank you Pam. It was lovely to be out and about so early as we left the crowds were pouring in;)

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  4. Looks like a great trip down memory lane. I look forward to seeing the next posts. It's good to get out and about especially with all this lovely weather. 😊

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    1. Thank you Karen, we were lucky to have such lovely weather. We enjoyed remembering how our visits used to be as children - so different to now:)

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  5. It looks a beautiful park - I especially love the photo of the two Greylag Geese. The Easter decorations in the cafe are just wonderful. So pleased you managed a few days away and I look forward to the next posts.

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    1. Thank you RR, it is a lovely park, I only showed a small area of it. I loved the woodland decorations:)

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  6. Bodley's work seems to crop up everywhere I go - lots of examples in Cambridge. Sometimes it can be disappointing to revisit old haunts, glad this wasn't the case here.

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    1. Thank you John. it was very different to when we were children, you could park anywhere and walk, picnic or play ball games eventually a man on a bike with a leather money purse acoss his shoulders would find you for a few pence parking money, now there are gates and cattle grids and someone to check your membership card or take your money, it is still very beautiful though and far more to see and do, weused to make our own entertainment then:)

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  7. I'm glad you've had a lovely trip. An overnight stay meant you could see more. It looks like you had a relaxing time and I look forward to seeing the next blog post. Sending best wishes and hoping you're both having a lovely Easter weekend, Rosie.

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    1. Thank you Linda, it was nice to spend more time with people and not be rushing home far more relaxed. I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend:)

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  8. Such a beautifully decorated fireplace. I didn't do any decoration for Easter this year - not sure why! I am drawn to the arts and crafts wallpaper too. Have a lovely week Rosie. x

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    1. Thank you Simone, The wallpaper was lovely and the decorations too. At home I hada few tulips in a jug so popped a twig from the garden in with them and hung a few decorated eggs and little rabbits on it. Hope you had a lovely weekend:)

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  9. Looks like a lovely place. So sad about the vandalism. Glad you are getting chance to get out and about more. B x

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    1. Thank you Barbara, yes the vandalism was awful, I think the person waas caughtand charged - they drove a car into it deliberately then set it on fire! No idea why. It was lovely to spend more time visiting people and places:)

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  10. Another lovely walk Rosie & I can see why you'd like to see more. That little fox in the last photo is ever so cute. Have a good week & take care.

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    1. Thank you Susan, The little fox was so cute I just had to take a photo of it. I'm sure we will go back in the not too distant future:)

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  11. A lovely adventure back to your roots. The mantle does look pretty decorated for Easter.

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    1. Thank you Julie, the decorations along the mantle and in the fireplace were lovely:)

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  12. Quite a pretty place to explore! The geese are a delight.

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    1. Thank you William, it is a lovely place:)

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  13. Such a lovely, serene place to visit, Rosie. I love the chapel, the bridge and the synchronized geese.
    Amalia
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    1. Thank you Amalia, it was so peaceful early in the morning:)

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  14. What a lovely place to visit! I think I saw something about it on the television last year: the dry weather revealed a more substantial and detailed layout of the buildings than had previously been realised. I think it was Clumber Park? x

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    1. Thank you Mrs T. Yes it was Clumber Park, a few years before they had an exhibition where they laid out the floor plan and then put old photographs and information panels about the rooms it was fascinating, then the whole site was revealed to them by the hot summer:)

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