Thursday, 16 February 2017

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust

Whilst I'm not a huge fan of the Winter, I love those beautiful days that remind us why it can be great. When there's a clear blue sky, a crisp chill in the air and a beautiful beaming sun I love to get out for a Winter walk to blow away the cobwebs. Care to join us for some Winter walking at Wallington?

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


For Christmas Simon's Mum bought us a joint membership to the National Trust and it was easily my favourite present. Every time I say that Simon likes to remind me of the beautiful Jo Malone candle he bought me as a surprise! I obviously loved that too, but it's the National Trust membership that has me excited. You know you love a present when you're sitting in a pub ignoring your husband because you're too busy happily flicking through the National Trust guide planning adventures.

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust
Seeing how happy I was Simon promised that we could go on a National Trust adventure as soon as we got a nice clear day. Being completely cheeky I asked him if we were limited to the North East and after being told that we definitely couldn't go exploring sites in Cornwall I happily chose our very first trip as members to Wallington in the beautiful Northumberland countryside.

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


As we clambered our way out of our car on a beautiful sunny day in January, I was so thankful that I'd decided to bring my wellies. Every path was either glistening with sheets of ice or thick with mud. I wouldn't have lasted two seconds in the boots I'd originally planned to wear.

Note to self - still need to buy some walking boots!

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


Wallington was completely packed with families enjoying the Winter sunshine. Simon never really understands why I love to head outdoors in the freezing cold, but judging by the amount of families out and about that day it seems I'm not the only person in the North East who appreciates a Winter walk in the sun.

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust

Once I'd finished prancing about on the wet lawn appreciating the beautiful views of the Northumberland countryside and taking far too many photographs for Instagram, it was time to decide on our plan of action!

There's a great selection of beautiful walks at Wallington but for our first visit we decided to stick to the main grounds of the Estate and not wander too far. We were in the mood for a potter rather than a hike.

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


We decided to ditch all maps and plans and just go where our feet decided to take us. It wasn't long before the noisy playground had faded into the distance and we were more or less alone wandering round the beautiful woodlands of Wallington. Although it was freezing it felt so good to be strolling out in the fresh air!

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


Just as our toes had begun to feel a little numb from the cold (note to self, buy thick socks when purchasing walking boots) we stumbled across the bird hide and eagerly made our way inside for a bit of shelter and hopefully some good wildlife. Anyone whose been reading New Girl in Toon for a while may remember our holiday to Center Parcs a few years ago where Simon and I spent over 2 hours sitting in a bird hide. We just love them!

Winter Walking at Wallington, National Trust


Before our adventure I'd read a little about how Wallington are working with Red Squirrels North England to save the red squirrel population. I never expected to see any on our trip, but as we took a seat in the hide alongside the other wildlife spotters we were thrilled to be treated to a visit from a red squirrel only a few moments later.

Wallington, National Trust - Red Squirrel
With a massive amount of lens envy sitting with so many wildlife photographers and their amazing cameras, we enjoyed a good 5 minute red squirrel spot as he happily helped himself to nuts and munched on them just a few metres away from us.

I feel so lucky that we live in a part of the country where red squirrels are slowly becoming more common, since moving north I've been very fortunate to see a fair few red squirrels and it always feel so special.

Wallington, National Trust


We decided to treat ourselves to a cup of coffee to warm our hands on as we headed back to the car so stopped off at the Clock Tower Cafe. Queuing up for our drink don't ask me how we managed to resit all of the tempting cakes on display, the amazing looking sticky toffee cake looked particularly good!

Wallington, National Trust


Wallington, National Trust


As we returned to the car I stopped to peruse the National Trust map by the entrance gate. One down, 499 to go I told my husband happily as I started planning our next adventures. He was pretty quiet, I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm joking!

Let me know where we should go next folks! I plan on making full use of our membership this year!

9 comments:

  1. Wallington Hall is one of my favorite places in the North East, I've been countless times. Did you find the greenhouse, it's so beautiful. It's my dream to one day have a greenhouse like that so I can sit and read books amongst the stunning flora.

    Katie xoxo

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  2. I'm so jealous that you managed to not only spot, but photograph a red squirrel! In my 30+ years of living in Northumberland, I have yet to spot one here (despite many attempts!). I can't wait for you to visit Cragside xx

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  3. I grew up visiting the National Trust with my parents, and it's kind of rubbed off on me too...I got a membership for last year, but what with circumstances never made the most of it. I'll have to invest in it again and drag the boyfriend round with me. And how cute is that red squirrel?!

    Sophie X

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  4. Such a lovely day for a winter walk! Next time you should definately go to the East woods, the walled garden and the greenhouse within are stunning! I've visited everything in the North East section of the guide book, plus Fountains Abbey. We're going on a National Trust holiday to a gorgeous litte tower in Cornwall in a month. I can't wait! I plan to really make most of my 2 memberships! Btw, I thoroughly recommend Belsay hall, castle and gardens even though it's English heritage. The gardens are to die for and especially grorious in the Spring with rhodedendrons everywhere! x

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  5. Love Wallington, the girls love the adventure playground and def cross the road and go to the walled garden the next time!

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  6. I love Wallington. When our kids were small we spent most weekends in the summer either there or Gibside. I miss those days. Time to get back to visiting the National Trust properties now, my husband and I have life time membership, the best present we have ever had. Thanks for reminding me how lovely it is, and I'd love to see the red squirelks

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  7. This is next on our list, cant wait love getting wrapped up and going for a walk

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  8. An absolutely perfect day out, there is nothing better to enjoy the countryside and the country you live. Loving the wellies Lucy x

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  9. I've never seen a red squirrel, I'd love to though! I might have to come visiting up here and see if I can spot one! x

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