Secret Paths and Walks on the Wild Side

Walking, photographing and enjoying the outdoor life. Most walks are along the Wales Coastal Path but some are on Nature Reserves, around Country House estates and others are just walks in the countryside. During this time of uncertainty in lockdown due to the Coronavirus, I am unable to walk away from home. Therefore, walking the Welsh Coastal Path will be on hold. I have, however, a stock of outings to houses and gardens that I visited last year.

See the Lockdown walks for for further information

The fourth of these is Castle Howard

foot trails 2At the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors sits Castle Howard the ancestral home of the Howard family since it was built in early 18th century. It has been lovingly renovated and restored so that visitors can enjoy its beauty. The manor house is set in extensive grounds with grass terraces, woodland trails and waterside paths meandering around it. The estate is studded with statues, temples, lakes and fountains with a backdrop of sweeping countryside views. It will take you some time to visit all the areas, but the Walled Garden and House tours are not to be missed. In 1940 during WWII the house was devasted by fire and the iconic dome, unique among country homes, was destroyed. The restoration was true to Vanbrugh’s original designs. Castle Howard is also the setting for “Brideshead Revisited” an epic story by Evelyn Waugh of the fictional Flyte family, with a series and a film being made there. If you have time, The Temple of the Four Winds, The Mausoleum and Ray Wood are also of interest.
The Dome in the Great Hall with Pellegrini’s “Fall of Pheaton” and “Four Elements”
There are plenty of walks available. Check them out on “This is My Travelogue” and read the ones you are interested in. All walks can be found under the drop-down heading WALKS. Photographs of all walks can be found under the drop-down heading PHOTO GALLERY. Mainly the flora and fauna. If you want to find out more about me and summaries of all the walks can be found under the drop-down heading THIS IS MY TRAVELOGUE Look for the three lines to access the dropdown headings, then click.

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