Christmas is such a time of overindulgence so it is really good to get out and blow away a few cobwebs and work off a little of the turkey. Last year we managed five National Trust visits over five counties in seven days so we decided to try and do something similar again this year.
In theory we had the opportunity to visit one more property this year than we did last but we were thwarted by the awful weather. As you will see from below we almost didn’t make the fifth property.
I have included the price we would have paid had we not been members and it is interesting to note that the prices don’t seem to have increased since last year.
Basildon Park, Berkshire
First up this time was Basildon Park which is great for a longer walk. As always seems to be the case with NT places we visit the car park and the tea room are teeming but just walk a little beyond the property and all is quite. And so it was at Basildon today.
Saturday 26th December
Amount saved: £15.00
Grey’s Court, Oxfordshire
Another place where the grounds were empty but the car park was full. I really like Grey’s Court as it is a lovely mixture of wooded walks and walled gardens.
Monday 28th December
The Vyne, Hampshire
This trip will be remembered for my losing my National Trust card on the walk around the grounds and having to retrace our steps in an effort to locate it. As it happened some kindly soul had found it and returned it to the tea room.
Wednesday 30th December
Osterley Park, Middlesex
All pleasant walk on a dull day. The formal gardens were lacking in colour with the exception of the very early daffodils.
Thursday 31st December
We’d never been here before and I can’t say we saw it at its best as it was chucking it down when we arrived. We got soaked just walking from the car park to the tea room. We never got to see the house so will have to come back another time.
Saturday 2nd January
Our selection of places this year meant that the total cost was less than last year at £68.90 but still a significant amount towards the cost of our annual membership. More importantly we got out of the house got some fresh air and walked off some turkey!