Wimpole Country Estate
Wimpole Country Estate in Cambridgeshire is an ideal place for a family day out and perfect for walkers, which is the reason why we visited to enjoy the extensive pathways and trails around its beautiful grounds. Although there is a charge for entry into the gardens, farm and the manor house, access to the grounds for walking is free - the only charge is for parking (free for National Trust Members).
A comprehensive walks leaflet is available from the site shop (located in the old stable block), which lists around five defined walks of between 2 to 3 miles each, covering the whole of the estate. We selected the Folly Walk which runs through the centre of the estate and affords spectacular views of the Hall, lakes and the crumbling castle folly (located on a small hill visible in the distance at the rear of the house). The setting today was totally idyllic, with fields full of grazing sheep and flocks of geese, set against a backdrop of ice frosted lakes, bordered by swaths of frozen rushes. At the end of the walk we enjoyed much needed tea and cake in the excellent restaurant, located alongside the Hall. There is also a small cafe in the stable block, plus a small selection of garden plants for sale and an excellent second hand book shop, where we picked-up a few bargains.
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