Calke Abbey Walk
Walk at Calke Abbey with Mum
I always love it when my Mum comes to visit me, because it is a good excuse to sit in the garden and have a good natter over a large mug of tea and a box of home-made clotted cream fudge. My mum makes the most gorgeous fudge known to woman-kind and the box that came this time was no exception.
This time, we decided to be a little bit more active than usually and we managed two walks over two days. On the first day we went for an amble around the Stationfields in Tamworth, which is near where I live.
On the second day, we decided to go to one of our favourite walking areas – Calke Abbey in Derbyshire.
My husband, Greg, had the day off, so he came with us.
We drove through the little village of Calke and parked in the free car park, overlooking Staunton Harold Reservoir.
We walked down through the woods and enjoyed the empty parkland. It is always lovely to come here during the week when it is virtually empty. We walked through the woods, along by the three fishing pools and back up towards the house and tea rooms.
The sun was shining and it was blissfully quiet and peaceful. We did a shorter walk than normal as I was feeling a very strong pull for an ice-cream!
I was delighted to see that the tea-rooms were open when we got to the top, so we enjoyed a hot pot of tea and an icecream! They do serve jolly good, locally-made ice creams in this tea room!
We walked back round to the carpark and ate our picnic lunch, sitting on the wall, overlooking Staunton Harold Reservoir.
Although we have been to Calke Abbey a few times, we have never actually been around the house, which is now owned and managed by the National Trust.
The last time we came was about a month ago and at time, there were thousands of bluebells, right the way down through the woods.
It was a lovely 24 hours and was really nice to see my Mum and have a good catch-up.