Last week we had a day out at the Hughenden Estate, another of the National Trust properties that is closeby. Our membership has now paid for itself!
We arrived at about 10.30am and headed into the Information centre to enquire about walks. They suggested we head up to the D'Israeli Monument and we're glad we did.
We had Little Miss A in the back carrier. Luckily she's still quite happy to go in this otherwise we would have been much more restricted on how far we could walk.
You walk through some of the estate woodlands before crossing a road, passing through a field and then making the steep climb up to the monument. We didn't have a great day weather-wise, the view would be better on a clearer day but it was still good.
The best thing was that we were surrounded by Red Kites. At one point we counted 12 flying around us.
We'd taken a picnic lunch with us, so took the opportunity to sit on the one bench up there and eat our sandwiches whilst watching the Red Kites. Well, Mr MoaB and I watched the Red Kites. Little Miss A was more interested in watching the tractor that was ploughing the field below us! We were the only ones at the Monument the whole time we were there.
It was soon time to move on as it was quite chilly. Rather than walk back the way we had come, we decided to follow another path that would take us back to the Manor House and a much needed hot drink the cafe. Just before we got to the cafe, we stumbled across the Ice House which tells some of the story of the Map Makers who were based at Hughenden during WWII. It's worth popping in here for a look around. If the phone rings, make sure you answer it!
After warming up in the cafe, we then headed to the Manor House for a look around. I was a bit nervous about taking Little Miss A inside but she was actually really good and was quite happy to just wander in and out of the rooms. She particularly enjoyed the exhibits downstairs in the basement where she could actually do things. She had a very important phone call to make!
There was just time for a short wander around The Parterre (the garden) before heading home. We definitely packed a lot in to our day at Hughenden. I'm so glad we combined seeing the house with a really good walk.
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