I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing I love more than a walk around some beautiful gardens and exploring some of the most beautiful estates the UK has to offer.
When the sun does decide to show its face, for me, it’s a huge bonus. I’m very lucky to live in a beautiful part of the country that’s surround with stunning rural walks and National Trust sites.
A few years ago I decided to become a National Trust member, which has gained me access to hundreds of beautiful parks and houses – most of which have amazing tea rooms, whilst helping to support this incredible foundation that keeps these sites looking their best.
The great thing about being a member is that you’re never far away from a park, even in you live in the centre if Birmingham, you’ll find a National Trust site on Hurst Street, or within a 10-mile radius if you’re willing to travel a little further afield.
So, whether you’re looking to trim up in time for your summer holiday, or simply get outside and enjoy the nice weather, now’s the time to embrace National Walking Month and clock up your 10,000 steps whilst soaking up some history and culture.
Attingham Park | Shrewsbury
Just a short hop off the M54, Attingham Park offers an abundance of parkland to explore, tranquil walks and a spectacular 18th-Century mansion filled, complete with a walled garden.
This park often offers some great activities for families, alongside a night-time park run if you want to see Attingham in a whole different light while clocking up either 2.5K or 5K. With an extensive woodland walk, Attingham’s the perfect spot for a weekend stroll whether it’s a cold winter’s day or a beautiful summer.
Shugborough Hall | Stafford
Located on the edge of Cannock Chase, Shugborough Hall has so much to see and do. With a walled garden, working farm, spectacular mansion house, servants’ quarters and more, you can immerse yourself in all that Shugborough has to offer at your own pace.
One of the many bonuses here is that it’s one of the NT parks that allows you to bring your dog along. With acres of breathtaking walks to explore throughout the gardens, it’s the perfect opportunity to escape and soak in all forms of nature at its finest.
Discover more about Shugborough Hall here
Moseley Old Hall | Wolverhampton
With an incredibly rich and fascinating history, Moseley Old Hall is tucked away just a few miles off the M6.
Once a hiding spot for King Charles II in 1651 during the Battle of Worcester, you can walk through the same door as the king, as well as taking a look at his famous hiding place and learn all about the family that protected him before he fled.
Much like Shugborough, Moseley Old Hall has plenty of beautiful walks as well as hosting family events and art exhibitions throughout the year. You’ll also find volunteers throughout the manor who’ll happily share any knowledge they have on its history and there are plenty of places to sit outside and enjoy the weather.
Discover more about Moseley Old Hall here!
Powis Castle & Gardens | Welshpool
If you’re willing to make a bit of a journey, then I definitely recommend that you pay a visit to Powis Castle.
Situated just over the Welsh border, Powis is home to some seriously picturesque gardens that are both a photographers and gardeners delight! One of my favourite things about Powis is the painted walls that you can find within the Medieval castle itself.
Throughout the rest of your visit, you can get up close to everything from delicate tapestries and delve into Powis’ extravagant art collections, before making a visit to the tea rooms.
Discover more about Powis Castle here!
Wightwick Manor | Wolverhampton
If you fancy packing to NT visits into one day, then just a short drive away from Moseley Old Hall is the impressive Wighwtick Manor.
With plenty to see both inside and outside – the architecturally designed gardens here are particularly impressive – Wightwick is visually stunning, especially when the sky’s blue! The former family home of Sir Geoffrey Mander, you can take either a guided tour or explore at your own leisure.
Discover more about Wightwick Manor here!