|Groombridge Place Gardens||1 miles (2 km)||Explore the beautiful gardens surrounding this moated manor house in the village of Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells. There are a series of award winning gardens with delightful features such as a moat, streams and herbaceous borders. Highlights include the Secret Garden with blue agapanthus, foxgloves and gazania. The Oriental Garden has Japanese maples and an unusual grass fountain at its centre. The Knot Garden has a lovely pathway bordered by Yew Trees and a giant chessboard opposite.|
Wildlife is an important aspect of Groombridge Place. There are resident peacocks, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, piglets, alpacas, reindeer and Shetland ponies. There is also a zedonk - an unusual creature that is half donkey, half zebra. In the woodland section you should look out for deer.
The Raptor Centre puts on magnificent flying displays featuring feature eagles, hawks, owls and falcons and takes place at 12.30pm and 3.30 pm.
The 17th century manor was used Longbourn (home of the Bennets) for the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who lived in nearby Crowboroug, was a regular visitor to Groombridge Place. He used the house and gardens in some of his Sherlock Holmes stories and also took part in séances at the manor.
The Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk runs past the house so you could pick this trail up to continue your walk into the surrounding countryside. View Full Details>>
|Palacerigg Country Park||4 miles (6 km)||Enjoy miles of walking and cycling trails through this large country park in Cumbernauld. This previously uninspiring area has been transformed with the planting of thousands of native trees and shrubs. The park is now a haven for wildlife attracting roe deer, badger, fox and hare. Birdwatchers should look out for sparrowhawk, kestrel, long-eared and short-eared owl. |
Palacerigg also has a collection of rare breed animals including Eriskay ponies, North Ronaldsay sheep, Shetland cattle, Guernsey goats and Tamworth pigs.
In the park you can follow 10km of nature trails which will take you through the grassland, moorland and woodland of the park. There are also water features to enjoy with several ponds and Fannyside Lochs. You can find out more about the trails and guided walks at the countryside ranger service within the park. Other facilities include a field archery course, golf course, children's play area, gift shop, cafe and picnic sites.
Palacerigg is located less than half an hour's drive from Glasgow, Motherwell, Stirling or Falkirk View Full Details>>
|Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Walk||5 miles (8 km)||This walk takes you between two major settlements in the New Forest National Park. The route runs for about 5 miles through the Ranmore, Tarkhill, Park Ground and Pondhead Inclosures. The walk is reasonably flat, with a couple of small climbs along the way. It takes place on a series of nice wide trails many of which are shared with cyclists.|
You start off just north of Brockenhurst, near Balmer Lawn. The follow trails north east, past Hollands Wood and the Parkhill Inclosure.
The final section into Lyndhurst takes you along Beechen Lane and then crosses the Beaulieu Road onto White Moor. There's a nice open trail here, taking you past the noteworthy Bolton's Bench, located just to the east of the Lyndhurst. The yew-capped hillock is one of the village's best known landmarks. It's a lovely spot with nice views over the surrounding area. View Full Details>>