Soooo Rob took half a day off work with our plan in mind to head to Bakewell, Derbyshire. As soon as we left home, dog in tow, it started pouring down and we just knew a 4 hour round drive was not going to be worth it. So this one really was 'An Optimisitic Adventure'...
Neither of us had been to Attingham Park before, and being members of the National Trust, we knew it would be free for us, an interesting day out and a quick google confirmed it was dog friendly.
On arrival, as we always are at National Trust properties, we were greeted by really friendly staff giving us a map and advice on which path to take as we were hardly dressed for the occasion.
There are a number of walks to choose from, we chose the deer walk ... which dogs are still allowed on with clear instruction when the dog needs to be on or off a lead. On our walk, we came across baby cattle, little streams and bridges, pretty buildings and the walk didn't dissapoint walking us pretty much into a herd of deer.
The deer walk is 2 miles long, taking us just over an hour with lots of stops for photos and staring at deer. It was the perfect length walk for a cold and dreary day and clearly beautiful any time of year. There is a 1 mile walk ideal for little kids, a few longer walks and a walled garden which I would like to go back to see.
As with most National Trust sites, Attingham Park regularly update their website with a 'whats on' section. You can visit it here with some lovely activities for both kids and adults from safari's, classic car events and an open air cinema. It even opens as a campsite in August.
Let me know if you have been and which walk you did as we definately plan to return.