Friday, 31 May 2013

5 mile walk at Chatsworth Park

How did it get to be the end of May already? We have had a quieter week this week with some days at home after being so busy last weekend. Hubby and I started a new exercise program which meant we haven't really felt like much walking this past week but with a sunny day on the horizon after a week of mainly rain we took a picnic and did one of my favourite walks around the grounds of Chatsworth. Chatsworth house is really beautiful and quite famous, its even been on the Antiques Roadshow! It was built by Bess of Hardwick, we visited Hardwick Hall here and the grounds here before. Mary Queen of Scots was also kept capitive at Chatsworth several times. Its always a popular and busy place and as it was half term and sunny it was busy today.

Our walk took us around the outskirts of the grounds, so it meant apart from the £2 parking fee it was all free! The house and gardens are quite expensive for a visit and have to admit to never having been in.

The view from above the house and gardens


Hunting lodge and halfway point for our walk

We stumbled upon the Labrador trials in the grounds, teams from allover Europe came including Switzerland and Germany. The dogs had to run into the trees and find a dummy and bring it back. It was quite busy with lots of people and dogs.

We had a stop for lunch to rest our weary legs, hard work walking uphill in such warm weather.

What a beautiful view for our picnic spot!

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