Calke Abbey with Photography and Cake

As part of this year’s #walk1000miles with Country Walking Magazine, I have decided that I will also go in search of the finest cakes, biscuits and desserts to be found at the end of fabulous walks. I am aiming to try sweet delicacies that are specific to local areas.

I am approaching 100 miles of my challenge for January, so we decided we (Greg and I) would go to one of our favourite places, Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, with a view to walking more of the grounds than we have previously done and to sampling the yummy, freshly made cakes in the National Trust Cafe.

I looked online and found that there is apparently a “Calke Abbey Apple and Cinammon Cake,” so, with that thought as our motivation we set off.

I found some trails on the Calke Abbey National Trust website, that we had not previously walked, downloaded them and we set off.

We walked what is called the “Red Trail” which then merged into the “Pink Trail” and from the cafe, we added in part of the “Blue Trail” so we did a circular walk of 4.1 miles through the estate.

Greg is helping me with my photography skills, so we had a lesson today on some basic camera settings and use of a tripod. I could actually see the difference in my photos when we changed the settings and the angle of the camera.

Here are the trees that I took.

Trees at Calke Abbey Estate, Derbyshire , © 2016 Amanda Goldston

Trees at Calke Abbey Estate, Derbyshire , © 2016 Amanda Goldston

We walked around the footpaths to the cafe, including passing one of the oldest oak trees on the estate. It is beautiful.

Old Oak Tree Calke Abbey

Old Oak Tree Calke Abbey

Fortunately there were not very many stiles on this walk, as stiles are not one of my most favourite things, especially when there is mud all round them.

Stile Navigation at Calke Abbey

Stile Navigation at Calke Abbey

The stile below was just in the middle of the field, with nothing around it, so I thought I had best cross it as the easiest stile ever.

Easy Stile Navigation

Easy Stile Navigation

It was quite noticeable that the last half a mile, uphill to the cafe, was actually the fastest that we walked, at an average speed of over 4 miles/ 7 kilometres per hour. Clearly there was a strong pull towards Cake!

Unfortunately they did not have any Cinammon and Apple Cake as this is something they only make for Apple Day, which is on Sunday 9th October this year.

So we indulged ourselves with flapjack and shortbread and yes, we did halve them! The Shortbread was pretty as it had a National Trust Logo on it. It was a little on the dry side and not as butter y and creamy as other shortbread biscuits I have eaten, so I would give it a 6 / 10 . The Flapjack was rich and sweet, with a good texture that was easily dibble, without being rock hard, so I would give it a  7 / 10.

shortbread and flapjack at the National Trust Cafe at Calke Abbey

shortbread and flapjack at the National Trust Cafe at Calke Abbey

We walked back by the lakes towards the car park. We have walked along this path quite a lot but we have always come from the opposite direction, so it was quite refreshing to get a new perspective, even if it did mean that the last part involved an uphill climb to the car park!

Amanda and Greg Goldston at Calke Abbey

Amanda and Greg Goldston at Calke Abbey

It was pleasant for walking as it was mostly dry underfoot. There were a few muddy places, but not too many. It was dry, although there was quite a strong, cold wind.

When we got back to the car, we sat and watched the birds on the wall and in the birdfeeder before heading home.

Nut Hatch at Calke Abbey © 2016 Gregory Goldston

Nut Hatch at Calke Abbey © 2016 Gregory Goldston

 

Walking definitely gives you a “Windswept, Glowing” Look!

Amanda Goldston Windswept Walking Look

Amanda Goldston Windswept Walking Look

Ready for our next Walking and Cake Adventure.
Amanda and Greg

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