Sunday, 21 April 2013

Walking Kedleston and Chatsworth

I am absolutely knackered.  Happy, but knackered.  We had a picture perfect day on Saturday and a half-way decent day today (Sunday) so it was time to get some more walking in.  Counting my normal evening walk Friday, a walk with Alex to Park Farm for haircuts on Saturday and the two walks below, I logged nearly 17 miles for the weekend.  Not bad!

We hadn't planned on doing anything on Saturday as we had lined up dentist and haircut appointments, weekly shopping and a Korean food run.  However, it was one of those rare great weather days so we had to work something in.  The fact that our dentist called in "sick" sped the process along.  [I have a sneaking suspicion that our friendly dentist had a severe case of the "sunny, clear blue skies".  I appreciate the Saturday appointments but this isn't our first cancellation.]

Warning:  lots of animal photos!  This is a great time to get out and see the new lambs.


With my chores/appointments complete (and Kuk's blessing) I took the kids to our "neighborhood" manor home, Kedleston.   (It's about 10 minutes from our house).  We combined the "short walk" behind the house and a chunk of the woodland walk.  Totals:  4.1 miles in 1:47 with only 13 minutes of stationary time.  Nice job kids!

As I mentioned, the weather was about perfect -- sunny, clear skies and about 15C/60F.

I've done this walk a number of times now and I always take this shot looking down the hill to a neighbor's house with sheep in the field.

 the rolling field (of sheep) at Kedleston

another regular shot -- Kedleston from the back hill

 our first view of some of the new lambs



we also saw a few pheasants -- 3 on this walk I believe (I didn't try to count the sheep)

We actually stuck our heads in the church on the grounds (for the first time).  The church was started in Norman times (i.e. 1066+ but probably late 1100's) and largely completed in the 13th and 14th centuries though significantly altered in the 15th, 17th and 18th centuries.  I think this is Lord George Curzon and his wife Mary from the early 1900s.  I liked this tomb with the caretakers (?) looking over them.

 more babies (Nicole insisted that I put in most of the lamb shots)

Kedleston from the front

a few cows and swans for good measure

As we were rounding out the walk and heading back to the house along the entrance road, we briefly walked pass the adjacent golf course.  Our friend (and one of Nicole's teachers) Derek is a member there.  I jokingly thought about saying something to the kids.  As we walked farther I heard someone shouting our names, and it was Derek!  Talk about your coincidences.  There's really only one (or two) holes that are by the road and to pass by just at that time.  Too funny.

Sunday -- Chatsworth

Our planned activity was for Sunday.  Ironically, it was a similar type of walk around the Chatsworth estate.  But like everything at Chatsworth, it was bigger and better.  We essentially did two 4-5 miles walks.  The first was around back in Stand Wood (the bit on the right on the map above).  We then did the loop around Edensor, Calton Pasture and Calton Lees.  Both were nice, but we preferred the second one.

We broke up the two walks with a nice lunch at the Tea Rooms in Edensor.  That enabled us to log the miles without it seeming too hard.  Weather was a tick or two cooler and became cloudy, but not too bad (i.e. not cold or rainy).

Stats:  8.5 miles in 5:13 though 3:30 of moving time.  A chunk of that downtime was lunch.   Surprisingly little moaning/whinging and in fact, the troops all did well.

The Seppanens were going to join us for this one until they found something better to do (JK Jay).  Perhaps they are glad they did!

nice little waterfall as we get on our way to Stand Wood behind Chatsworth

 a peek at some flowering trees inside the Chatsworth grounds (through the forest on the outside)

 Swiss Lake

The Hunting Tower -- your family of 4 can stay here for £1674/week in the summer (lower at other times)

 or walk up here to see the great views for free-- (although I did pay £3 for parking)

 from the front w/ Alex

 another view -- the village of Edensor (our lunch spot) is in the distance

back down the hill to Chatsworth -- Queen Mary's Bower  [legend has it that Mary, Queen of Scots, was able to "take her air" here while a prisoner at Chatsworth]

ah, more sheep and lambs

 walking towards Edensor now, looking back at Chatsworth with the cascade fountain on the right

 Edensor in the background -- nice little village

Check this out from wiki:   

Edensor (pronounced "Ensor") is a village in Derbyshire, England. It is the closest village to Chatsworth House and much of it belongs to the Dukes of Devonshire. Originally the village was close to the River Derwent immediately below Chatsworth, but the Dukes had it moved out of sight over a hill, apart from one cottage whose tenant did not want to move, which still stands in Chatsworth Park. 

You know you have too much money/power when . . . 

 we liked the rolling hills (and the animals) on this part of the walk

 Chatsworth in the distance

a little tough to see, but this was a herd of deer on the grounds

and another in the distance -- I believe they have fallow and red deer on the grounds.  As you can see, both were in the distance and too far for my little camera.  The others got a better look with the binoculars.  Pretty neat.

another shot back to the house--check out the Hunting Tower in the upper left (we get around)

 and here come the lambs

this is England to me and what I will remember most -- rolling fields, sheep, stone fences and hills in the background

quite a few more pheasants on this walk -- I think we counted 10 or more.  One made a noise when we were close and then we realized that many of them do so it was easier to find them after that.

 more lambs -- many of them were quite playful (amongst themselves, we did not try to approach)

 3 more

the River Derwent as we head down the home stretch back to the house (and more importantly, parking lot)

 getting closer

 two more lambs first though

Great day and great weekend.  I was proud of the troops for hanging in there on this long walk.   We've got next weekend open so hopefully the weather cooperates and we can get out again

Food--more home cookin'

After trying some old standbys for the last few weeks I decided to crack open my favorite cookbook, Jamie Oliver's 15-minute meals, and try some new things this week.  More to come, but here are the first two of the week.

baked rainbow trout with smoked pancetta, almonds and thyme -- yummy

 with a side of new potatoes, peas and "broad" (fava) beans -- I thought it was fine but Kuk wasn't a big fan

next night:  shrimp cocktail (salad)--not bad but not a top ten either

 kid's version (no tomatoes, avocado, or dressing)

 Have a good week everyone.  Thanks for reading.


  1. That's quite a lot of miles. Great weekend for it.

  2. Agreed, really impressive doing all those walks. I really enjoyed the lamb pictures! So cute!

  3. Pheasants often make a noise when you are near their nest and they want to attract you away from the nest. Is this nesting season?

  4. Thanks Doug and Tara.

    Good one, Ray. That's probably what it was because I don't recall hearing all the squawking before. It was the males, too. I can always count on you for a good info nugget.

  5. Hey, I got three walks in this weekend also. Okay I was checking out some local pubs during my walks but still got them in even if I only put in a couple of miles. Sorry about ditching you on Sunday, we'll have to find another weekend coming up.