There is nothing more pleasant on a bright Autumn morning than getting the dogs organised, wrapping up warm and going for a long walk at your favourite beauty spot. The family pooches will definitely thank you for it. Living in the heart of the National Forest, there are so many different beauty spots to have a walk around.
Calke Abbey is set in beautiful grounds owned by the National Trust. Chatsworth House is a privately owned magnificent house with beautiful gardens both well worth a visit.
Steeped in history and still the family home of the 16th generation of the Cavendish family the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The house sits amongst 105 acres of woodland and award-winning gardens that have evolved over 450yrs. You’ll be able to meander till your heart’s content. Remember Peaky Blinders, some of the scenes were actually filmed at Chatsworth House.
Before you leave, stop off for a coffee and a slice of cake (you’ve earnt it). Chatsworth also has a wide range of gift shops for a bit of retail therapy and a kids play park so that they can burn off some energy.
Calke Abbey has 600 acres of unspoiled parkland to enjoy nature at it’s best. You’ll see Red and Fallow deer in their natural habitat; you may even be lucky enough to witness the stags rutting for supremacy of their doe.
The home of the reclusive Harpur Crewe family, the restoration of this house, has stayed true to the period. You’ll discover a hidden secret tucked amongst the copse of trees. They have a great Halloween Trail through the hidden tunnels of the wine cellars.
Their pretty café and gift shop is snuggled amongst the original stable block.
Plenty of walking in the crisp Autumn air will definitely give you the appetite (and excuse) for a hearty pub lunch. Check the National Trust website for some hidden spots close by to where you live, wrap up warm and get out exploring. You’ll feel so much better for it.