Blickling Estate

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After Saturdays visit to Blickling Hall, I seriously under estimated the scale of the estate and the time required to walk around it. So today I found a Blickling estate walk guide on the National Trust website that shows a route around the estate that takes two hours to walk. I used this route as a rough guide to how much time I would need to walk around and the best paths to take.

As the weather on Saturday wasn’t great, I wanted to go back when the conditions were better to get some shots that didn’t look so gloomy. The forecast for this evening were sunny skies all night and very warm. So I headed back to Blickling and parked in the main car park and headed to the front gates of Blickling Hall to get some shots of it lit up by the sun. From there I headed to the right towards the Buckinghamshire Arms.

The Buckinghamshire Arms or The Bucks Arms as it’s more popularly known as today is a traditional 17th century pub and former coaching inn. Currently owned by the National Trust, the pub serves many real ales and great food. The Bucks Arms is a perfect stopping point when visiting the area and if you plan to stay in the area overnight, the pub is also is a bed and breakfast with four rooms available.

From the Bucks Arms, I continued following the wall round and followed the signs pointing to the lake. As this is where I spent most of my time on my last visit, I didn’t focus too much on the lake today. Instead I followed the path round the lake and headed towards the Beeches wooded area. This is where I got some snaps of Bluebells on Saturday and decided to get a few more as the light was better. From there I followed the path to the Great Wood walking past some fields of golden yellow rapeseed until I reach the Great Wood.

Once at the Great Wood, I could see bluebells all around through the trees in larger groups compared to those in found in the Beeches woodland, so I followed paths to get closer and being careful not to damage any as I set up my tripod to photograph them. As the sun was starting set, I went back on to the main footpath and continued walking until I saw the mausoleum on my right.

After the death of the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire in 1793, his second daughter Lady Caroline Harbord (later Lady Suffield) who was left the Blickling estate, had the mausoleum built to commemorate him. At the rear of the mausoleum is a memorial stone, topped by a magnificent bull – the emblem of the Hobart family. From the mausoleum I continued walking until I got to Bunker’s Hill where I could see the tower across the park. I crossed the field avoiding the cattle and headed in the direction of the tower.

The tower gets its name from the grandstand tower and which was built in 1770 to watch horse racing. Horse races where held on the estate from 1771 and came to an end by 1784. The local town of Aylsham also had a race ground that proved to be more popular.

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Broadland District, Collections, Norfolk

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