A walk on the Sizergh Estate

In September we went for a walk from the National Trust car park at Sizergh Castle. To begin we went to the bird watching area, where my gravatar image originated. The wooden owl is still there, but more weathered. We then followed the path to Sizergh Fell and did a circular walk, which ended up on the same path as on our previous visit. The weather was overcast with a shower during which we sheltered in the porch of Helsington church . There were views in various directions.

We were fortunate to see a nuthatch just before we drove off.

Wallington NT revisited

We broke our journey home at Wallington, where it was a National Heritage Open Day. When we arrived the person checking membership cards said, “You can come again.”

I replied, “We have; we were here on Saturday!”

As the house did not open until noon we went to the wildlife hide and spent some time watching the birds.

The area around the hide was well-stocked with bird-food, attracting lots of birds. Unfortunately my phone was not ideal for this sort of photography, so I have only one picture to share. (I have also mentioned our bird-watching experience in a post on Sue’s Trifles.)

I took a few pictures in the house, which is a fascinating building containing many interesting items. The ones which caught my eye were of flowers and owls as I have friends, who are also interested in these.

We had time for another walk in the grounds after looking round the house. There is plenty to do both at Wallington and Cragside for many visits.

A visit to Cragside

During a short break in Northumberland we spent an afternoon at Cragside. This extensive National Trust property is home to the first residence to have electric light from hydroelectricity.

It was our second visit to Cragside. On our first visit some-teen years ago we had been unable to enter the house due to staff shortages. This time the arrangements were completely different. Unguided access to the house was permitted. As it was a damp day being indoors was a popular option!
Fortunately the weather improved as the day went on. After exploring the house and being impressed by its former owner’s ingenuity we had a late picnic lunch. Then we followed the signs to the labyrinth.

I was sure that labyrinth now means a single path with only one route through it. This labyrinth turned out to be a maze. We entered through one archway and left (after being directed by other explorers) by another. The nearby carriageway helped us find our bearings and return to the house. Then we had a walk through the rock garden to the iron bridge and back to the car park via a path, which turned out not to be a short cut.

There were lots of fungi. My pictures of those are littering Twitter under the hashtag #WildWebsWednesday.

Instead of driving directly to the exit we followed the carriageway for six miles around the estate.