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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February the doorstep to Spring

With Christmas over, the New Years arrival celebrated, many of us find our thoughts turning to Spring. Although slow, the lighter evenings ‘are’ on their way and, due to the effects of global warming, our weather in Britain, although somewhat unpredictable, is definitely becoming milder. 

With so many amazing places to visit on our island there really is little excuse for not getting out in the fresh air, perfect to get your legs and lungs working.

                  

From the delights of the North Yorkshire National Park with its diverse landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys carved out through the dramatic limstone, to its at times, wild and windswept coast line, to the western tip of Britain, where stories of smugglers still echo as one makes their way along the stunning coastal paths of Cornwall with their weather beaten granite and devonian slate cliffs, beautiful bays and beaches and industrial relics from a not so distant past, made reccently famous thanks to the television series Poldark.

 Britain has one of the most diverse landscapes in the world when one considers the size of our island home, which makes it easier for all of us to visit places of outstanding beauty providing breath taking views and brilliant walking.  Cities and towns have come to realise the importance and benefits of encouraging us all to ‘get outdoors’  and are working with organisations to provide more and more facilities and ease of access to the wonderful wealth of places to visit which makes Britain so special. 

On our home page you will find links to some  of the countries best websites which will give you upto date information on what is hapening in your part of the country and wider afield. 

Have a favourite place near you? Please let us know so we can share it, remember that getting outdoors is as much as about enjoying the beauty that surrounds us as much as it is about making you healthier.

  

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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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