Longleat, the countries Premier wildlife park

Since 1580 the beautiful Longleat house has stood in 900 acres of  rolling Wiltshire countryside, home to the Thynn family, then and now, it is best known as the countries most famous and first drive through wild life and adventure park.

 

The wildlife park was the idea brainstormed by Jimmy Chipperfield, the former co director of Chiperfields Circus. Opened in 1966 and considered to be the first ‘drive through’ wildlife park outside of Africa. The park is remarkable with the animals being able to walk freely within large, secure areas giving visitors the amazing opportunity to see some of the worlds most prestigious animals up close from the comfort of their cars

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Beautiful, yet little known llyn Clywedog

 

The scenery surrounding this large reservoir near Llanidloes is truly wonderful. This walk takes you along the western side of the reservoir along the Glyndwr’s Way long distance footpath. You start at the car park at south western end of the water with views of the Afon Clywedog. You then head past the spectacular dam which is the tallest concrete dam in the UK, with a height of 72 metres and a length of 230 metres. The walk continues to the north western edge of the reservoir with a mixture of lakeside sections and woodland trails. It’s a splendid area for bird watching too. Look out for red kites, buzzards and ravens on your walk.
The whole of this route is designed for walkers but cyclists can enjoy the second half of the route where there is a splendid trail along the lakeside. For the first half you can follow country lanes to the west of the lake.

 

 

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March the storm before Summer?

March comes from the Roman word Martius which was the name for their god of War, the Anglo Saxons more appropriately, named the month Hlyd monath which translates to Stormy month or Hraed monath Rugged month. Bearing in mind the weather we are all experiencing at the moment it seems the Anglo Saxons possibly experienced similar winds and rain.

March in fact brings about the beginning of earlier brighter mornings and lighter evenings with the clocks going forward on March 29th for the beginning of British summer time.

Camping, Caravanning and Motorhome sites will be opening their doors across the country, the National Trust will be opening many of their wonderful properties after a winter of cleaning a maintenance and, hopefully with an improvement in the weather, wildlife parks, theme parks and national parks will all be ready to greet you. Want to know more? Simply click on the links on the home page to take you directly to many of the best attractions in the country.

For those of you who are looking at getting out on your bikes there are now more than ever safe places to ride as country parks offer a wide variety of experiences on tarmac and gravel cycle paths often around beautiful lakes and resevoirs. Whilst the canine owners are now encouraged, at more and  more locations, to take your hound with you. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Longshaw in the Peak District

Situated on the eastern edge of the Peak District the Longshaw Estate is run by the National Trust. It is an area of ancient woodland, parkland and upland  from where it is possible to enjoy dramatic views over the surrounding valleys.

From the National Park car park there is an information centre and delightful restaurant and shop from which the visitor can enjoy un restricted views towards several of the stone outcrops and surrouding moorland and access to all the walking routes allowing you to decide just how far you want to go. The famous Stanage Edge is accessible  giving you the chance to  watch climbers on the crags above you. The free guide, available in the visitor centre,  is clear and easy to follow.

For more details simply click on the National Trust link on the Homepage.

 

                                                                             

 

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Corfe Castle, the South Coasts most infamous ruin.

Located deep in the beautiful Dorset countryside only a few miles from Wareham and Swanage is the delightful stone village, named after the ruins of the castle which sits high on a gap in the Purbeck Hills, over looking this delightful hamlet. The village offers a unique range of independant shops, pubs restaurants and tea houses amd hotels. The castle, nowadays in the hands of the National Trust, gives a glimpse back through several periods of history and wonderful views from its lofty perch.http://www.corfe-castle.co.uk

 

 

It is possible to arrive at the village with the help of the Swanage Steam Railway which runs a regular service from various points from the seaaside town of Swanage. http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk

 

 

 

                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

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