Holkham Hall is a gorgeous stately home surrounded by 3,000 acres of land, both of which are privately owned by the Coke family (ancestors to the first Earl of Leicster) and open to the public. The hall itself is only open on specific days for the public to tour, if you’d like to know more, click here.
The Park is open all year round for walkers and cyclists, the park is inhabited by a herd of Fallow Deer and a smaller herd of Red Deer, the Lake and Farm walks take you right through the deer’s most popular resting land, which we will definitely be doing this year. You can take your pooches but they need to be on lead throughout the park for the safety of not only your dog but the wildlife too.
We chose to do the Park Walk last October, (when the weather was warmer than now) the four mile walk (that we did backwards) took us a few hours, taking us past the house to the bottom of the lake, past the ice house and down to the Obelisk, which is pretty fantastic. We went through farming fields and round to the Great Barn, following the path up to the Broom Covert Wood, through the trees onto the other side which has tall hedges bordering grazing land for the cattle – who I am not fond of sharing fields with – continuing on to another wooded area that borders the Almshouse Gates entrance to the park, following the main path back to the car park. The main path is where you can really see the deer in their glory, rutting and grazing the land as you walk by.
The walk was pretty great, one of the best we’ve done, and we’ve done a lot. If you’ve ever wanted to see or photograph deer pretty close up, then you will love it. We watched photographers and other walkers get astonishingly close to the deer, who weren’t bothered at all. We’ll definitely be doing the Lake Walk this year (as soon as the weather warms up) to get closer to the deer and see the gorgeous lake and Monument to the Coke of Norfolk.
Starting the Park Walk
passing the lake on our right
walking up to the ice house on the hill
looking at the back of the hall on our left
leaving the hall and lake behind us
meeting Edward the 7th Earl of Leicester with his dog Swazi, created by Penelope Reeve, 1998, commissioned by his wife when he passed, placed in his favourite spot to look upon the hall
try as we might to recreate the pose, Fin wasn’t having any of it
walking up to the obelisk
continuing on the path before turning left through the fields
leaving the obelisk behind
where we came from, and where we’re going
coming up to the barn
keeping left past the barn, continuing on past fields bordering the woods in the distance
through the woods and on to the other side, taking the path sandwiched by hedges and fields of cattle…moo
through the woods that border the main gates
on the main path past the deer
finishing up at the car, all three of us completely worn out!
I recommend visiting Holkham Hall to anyone who loves beautiful views and walking next to deer, it’s a great day out for families, there were lots of parents with their children nearer the hall, you can take the tour tram/car up to the obelisk and back so you don’t have to walk at all. We got by-passed by the tour a couple of times on our way up to the obelisk with tourists looking at us like we were crazy for walking in the heat. What they didn’t know is that we walked another 3 miles after they had left.
Take lots of water for your pooch and yourselves! We always start walks thinking “four miles is easy” until we get half way and decide that it actually isn’t that easy when you have a little dog with little legs who wants to sit down and you have to carry him!
On this walk I’m glad to say he didn’t give up, with lots of terrain changes it kept his paws happier than the heat of the path, there were nice shady parts and trees to wee on to keep his spirits up to walking the distance. We certainly had a great day!
Let me know if you decide to go for it, especially if you decide to do the six mile farm walk! Happy Walkies!
Last year I told you how to make your own Easter eggs, something I’ve done with varying success every Easter time for the last five years. I popped into Lakeland at the weekend and whilst browsing (and maybe some purchasing) the Easter display caught my eye and reminded me to tell you to buy your Easter egg moulds now! It becomes near impossible to buy the moulds after Easter and it can be tricky leading up to it, they no longer have them available online at Lakeland, but they do have them in stores. Hobbycraft also have an Easter mould range, but if you want a more extensive range for Easter mould happiness, I suggest taking a click to Cake Craft Shop.
If you need a refresher on how to make your own eggs then you will need this: DIY Easter Eggs.
Back in the day of that first attempt the eggs were not looking overly fabulous but they’re still tasty! Since then we’ve experimented with various types of chocolate, colours, patterns etc. Last year we cut out the mint green part of an Areo and created a centre piece for an egg and the same with a white chocolate version.
My favourites are the little white chocolate eggs that I make with a Swiss white chocolate that has Madagascan natural vanilla and a creamy milk chocolate swirl over the top.
A picture of our Easter cake, just because.