On the recent Bank Holiday Monday, hubby and I took ourselves off for a cycle ride around Clumber Park as we knew it had some traffic free cycle tracks.
Whilst the visitor centre bit of the park was busy, the outer edges and deep in the forest, at times there was only us. It was lovely to keep stopping and sniffing the pine in the air. It smells so earthy at this time of year.
The new restaurant is called Barkers - I'll have to give it a try.
They have opened a new discovery centre too.
I have to say, that although this is very swish, I preferred the old conservation centre with its real "nature table" type exhibits and information.
A fair bit of the old estate still exists, some of the stables are intact and used to hold information about the old estate.
This was the house before it was demolished - such a shame. I read that the Duke had demolished it to rebuild a new place, but then the war came, and he got divorced, so he didn't bother.
The park was used in the war quite a bit. This contraption was developed to dig trenches - there are still lots of trenches in the park that were dug by this. You can see Winston Churchill visiting here in the photo.
Its a lovely park to visit, and the National Trust seem to have been spending a fair bit of cash on it lately.