Longshaw Estate & Padley Gorge

Walk – Longshaw//Surprise View/Bolehill Quarry/Padley Gorge Length – 4 miles approx Good for kids – Yes This weekend we decided to go for a walk with Robs brother and our Sister in Law (Damian and Rachel), and their children Josh (age 13) and Mia (aged 5). We wanted a fairly easy walk for the kids, so chose an old favourite – Padley Gorge. We found … Continue reading Longshaw Estate & Padley Gorge

National Trust Membership – Should I Join?

To hopefully help you decide whether or not membership to the National Trust is worth it, I’ll tell you about our experience so far….. So we’ve been members of the National Trust for over a year now. We’ve thought about joining for many years, but have always talked ourselves out of it – mainly for the following 3 reasons: Cost per year is too expensive … Continue reading National Trust Membership – Should I Join?

Calke Abbey – The ‘Unstately’ Stately Home

Calke Abbey has to be one of our favourite places to visit.  We’ve been National Trust Members for over a year now and I’d say we’ve probably visited Calke around 5 or 6 times at various times of the year.  You can easily spend a full day here exploring the house and grounds.  We feel that this National Trust property has a great family balance, giving … Continue reading Calke Abbey – The ‘Unstately’ Stately Home