National Trust winter walks

Get out and about this winter. Whether you want to enjoy clear, seasonal days, learn something new or burn off those Christmas calories, National Trust places have some great walks to explore. Feel the frost beneath your feet as you make new discoveries in landscapes across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Here’s a selection of events on offer in late 2011 and early 2012:

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
Pleasure Ground Walk, 23 December, 12.30pm-2.30pm
Do you know an avenue from an obelisk, or a haha from a bastion? This walk takes in all those and more of the elements of the eighteenth century pleasure ground around Seaton Delaval Hall.
Normal admission charges apply plus there is an event charge of £2 per person.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 0191 237 9100.

Attingham Park, Shropshire
Boxing Day Walk, 26 December 11am-1pm
Burn off any Christmas excesses with a walk across the beautiful parkland of the Attingham Estate. Grounds will be open to walkers until dusk.
Normal admission charges apply plus there is an event charge of £6 per adult and £3 per child.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 01743 708123.

Flatford: Bridge Cottage, Suffolk
Constable Country Ramble: Boxing Day in the Stour Valley, 26 December 10.30am-1pm
Enjoy a 4 mile guided ramble through the beautiful landscape of the Stour Valley, using quiet footpaths to explore the rich tapestry of fields and woods that were the inspiration for the artist John Constable.
No admission charges apply, event charge of £6 per person.
Booking is essential for this event.
For more information please call 01206 298260.

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate, Cheshire
Boxing Day Walk, 26 December 10am-12pm
Walk off the turkey on the Styal Estate, through the riverside, farmland and woodland in the valley of the River Bollin.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 01625 445845.

Castle Drogo, Devon
Wind Down and Warm Up, 27 December – 01 January 11am-4pm
Relax after Christmas with a walk in the fresh air of the Drogo Gardens and Estate, recharge your batteries in our café and indulge in some retail therapy away from the crowds in our shop! Make a New Year’s resolution and add it to our resolution tree. Children can also follow our trail around the gardens and grounds to discover the extreme activities some people take part in order to ‘Wind Down and Warm Up’.
Normal admission charges apply plus there is an additional charge of £1.50 per child per trail, which includes a prize.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 01647 433306.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire
On the Hoof, 27 December, 10.45am-12.30pm
Enjoy the sight of the wild deer herd munching through their winter feed in the medieval deer park.
Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 01765 608888.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Tinsel Trek, 29 December 10am-12pm
Blow away the cobwebs with a 6 mile winter walk lead by the Senior Warden around the Park and burn off those Christmas calories. Come as a ‘tinsel trekkie’ (fancy dress optional!) for your chance to win lunch for two.
Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 01909 544917

Lanhydrock, Cornwall
The Winter Garden Walk, 29 December 10am – 1pm
Revive from the Christmas festivities in the fresh air with Head Gardener Tommy Teagle, as he explains all about the work the garden team do over the winter in preparation for the spring. A great way to see the fantastic Winter Garden, the walk is followed by a warming two-course lunch in the historic restaurant.
No admission charges apply, walk and lunch £15 per person.
Booking is essential for this event.
For more information please call 01208 265950

Chartwell, Kent
New Year’s Day walk and brunch, 01 January 10.30am-1.45pm
Celebrate the new year in style with a guided woodland walk in the grounds of Chartwell, followed by a traditional English Brunch and a glass of Bucks Fizz served in The Mulberry Room.
No admission charges apply, walk and lunch £22 per adult and £12 per child.
Booking is essential for this event.
For more information please call 01732 861161.

Nymans, West Sussex
Souper Strolls, 9-13 January from 11am
Join the woods team on regular departures as they teach you to identify leafless trees in the Nymans woods during winter. After a refreshing stroll, warm up in the restaurant with samples of homemade soups made from fresh, local, seasonal produce.
Normal admission charges apply but there are no additional event charges.
Booking is not required for this event.
For more information please call 01444 405250.

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
Head Gardener’s walk, 19 January 11.30am-2.30pm
Join our Head Gardener for a stroll around the glorious grounds of Penrhyn, followed by a two course lunch in the tea rooms.
No admission charges apply, ticket charge £20 per person including lunch and tea/coffee.
Booking is essential for this event.
For more information please call 01248 353084.

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National Trust Properties and Visitor Numbers for 2008 / 2009

Wakehurst Place 427,602
Stourhead House and Garden 329,169
Waddesdon Manor 324,330
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 320,149
Larrybane (Carrick-a-Rede) 241,291
Attingham Park 217,856
Polesden Lacey 215,660
Belton House 199,654
St Michael’s Mount 195,017
Lanhydrock 189,280
Sheffield Park Garden 188,419
Anglesey Abbey 187,749
Penrhyn Castle 186,857
Sudbury Hall 182,172
Cliveden 178,223
Nymans Garden 176,877
Cragside 175,973
Wallington 175,243
Chartwell 173,559
Sissinghurst Castle Garden 164,450
Kingston Lacy 161,122
Corfe Castle 160,739
Bodiam Castle 160,030
Ickworth House, Park and Gardens 155,909
Bodnant Garden 149,036
Claremont Landscape Garden 142,098
Hardwick Hall 141,277
Mottisfont Abbey 136,890
Mount Stewart 133,452
Quarry Bank Mill 131,558
Killerton 129,195
Calke Abbey 127,403
Hidcote Manor Garden 126,053
Wimpole Home Farm 123,606
Dyrham Park 123,069
Cotehele 119,022
Dunham Massey 118,493
Baddesley Clinton 115,712
Castle Drogo 113,952
Brownsea Island 111,428
Dunster Castle 111,322
Erddig 109,960
Trelissick Garden 109,336
Kedleston Hall 106,912
Montacute House 106,545
Gibside 106,539
Blickling Hall 106,377
Beningbrough Hall 106,051
Lacock Abbey 105,356
Hill Top 104,963
Charlecote Park 103,586
Stowe Landscape Gardens 100,992
Tyntesfield 100,151
Ightham Mote 100,120
Talbot Museum, Lacock 99,321
Powis Castle 98,141
Knightshayes Court 97,710
Chirk Castle 94,353
Lyme Park 91,164
Scotney Castle, Garden and Estate 91,136
Petworth House and Park 88,625
Lindisfarne Castle 87,720
The Vyne 87,324
Wimpole Hall 85,832
Snowshill Manor 85,632
Bateman’s 84,714
Speke Hall 83,378
Coughton Court 83,050
Hanbury Hall 82,237
Sutton Hoo 80,233
Winkworth Arboretum 79,426
Arlington Court 78,707
Ham House 77,559
Nostell Priory 76,983
Sizergh Castle 76,462
Upton House and Gardens 75,809
Felbrigg Hall 75,323
Knole 74,418
Plas Newydd 73,455
Standen 71,790
Basildon Park 67,725
Little Moreton Hall 66,925
Buckland Abbey 66,364
Barrington Court 66,082
Trerice 65,427
Coleton Fishacre 62,898
Saltram House 62,638
Glendurgan Garden 61,919
Packwood House 60,164
Castle Ward 59,215
Croome Park 57,817
Lydford Gorge 57,705
Biddulph Grange Garden 57,501
Oxburgh Hall 57,371
Croft Castle 57,353
Hinton Ampner 56,268
Nunnington Hall 55,524
Treasurer’s House, York 55,483
The Needles Old Battery 52,052
Beatrix Potter Gallery 51,586
Chedworth Roman Villa 50,934
Hatchlands Park 50,550
Hughenden Manor 50,050
Brockhampton Estate 50,018

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