20130807_ Chatsworth House and Gardens
When : 07 August 2013
Who : Me and my family
Where : The Peak District – Central England …. Chatsworth House near Baslow
Directions : Get reasonably close and there are loads of good signage to direct you down the correct roads to car-parking – Just look for the brown signs.
Maps = OS. 1:25,000 Explorer map OL24, The Peak District, White Peak Area.
Grid ref. : SK260,702
Not a walks diary as such, just a quick word on the family day out we had on a short 3-day break in The Peak District … this was the middle day of the three, sandwiched between two days that involved country walks, but I guess we must have walked at least four miles around the grounds, seeing as we were there for most of the day and there are literally miles of paths that can be wandered around, and we didn’t venture up the hillside much at-all.
If you click on a photo’ it should launch as a larger image on my flickr site … or … if you just want to see the pics without the wordy bits, use this link to the set of images on flickr and there are a few more than shown below.
I’d awoke early and was up and about much earlier than the rest of my family, so I had already headed out (from our digs at The Navigation Inn) for an early morning wander around the historic site of Bugsworth Canal Basin. I’m writing another diary post for that part of the day …. (to follow) …. so enough said about that here.
Anyway, after breakfasting we headed off to the other side of the Peak District National Park, to Chatsworth House and Gardens. I’m not going to say much about this extremely well known and loved tourist destination, suffice to say, it’s well worth a trip out. I’ve visited here numerous times over the years, and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
My fave bits ? :-
- The “rockery” in its magnificently over-the-top huge scale.
- The spouting tree fountain.
- The “violin” hanging on a “door” in the house.
- The staircase waterfall.
- Edensor Village out in the deer park (pronounced Endzer by the way)
- And just the huge scale of the grounds/gardens – Formal, informal, pinetum woods, huge gravity fed fountain, classic maze, and if you’re feeling fit enough, miles of pathways heading up into the wooded hills above the house and expansive views across the estate.
As a bit of added interest, there was also an exhibition of art sculptures dotted around the grounds:
- Some I quite liked (Revelation + Tongue-In-Cheek)
- Some I was really ambivalent about.
- The turbine was interesting, but I don’t know if was an art exhibit at-all.
- And some I plainly disliked (La Machine A Rever in particular) – thinking maybe a toddler could have done better.
But I guess that’s the idea of an art exhibition, it’s supposed to raise questions and views – but some modern art just really doesn’t do anything for me! … and … I don’t think many really enhanced the beauty of the landscapes all around us, albeit manicured into a “fake” landscape per Mr. “Capability” Brown.
Anyway, that’s enough of that, I hope you enjoy my pic’s, and hope it’s given food for thought if you’re looking for a day out with a bit of culture.