On Sunday, Mick and I left Eleanor at home revising and went off to walk Archie at Cannon Hall near Barnsley. It's somewhere we've never been before.
It was originally the home of the Spencer and later the Spencer-Stanhope family, but is now a country house museum. We didn't go in to the museum as we had Archie with us.
We'd really gone to have a look around the walled garden, which you can read about in my Garden Visiting In May - Part One post over on my The Good Life blog, but we made the most of the fine day and had a wander around the beautiful grounds too. The parkland was landscaped in the 18th century by Richard Woods of Chertsey.
As we walked up to the hall from the car park, we came across this beautiful deer shelter which was built in the early to mid nineteenth century.
It has a stone slate roof which is supported on four yew trunks.
We had a wander around the gardens to the front of the hall. They're presently laid out with bedding and spring bulbs.
The rhododendrons just seem to be getting going. I bet they're beautiful once they're in full bloom, another couple of weeks I reckon.
We headed down to the lake. Archie had to be put back on his lead at this point, he loves water so much that I don't trust him anywhere near it, he'd be in there. The lake has a range of water birds including geese, coots, ducks and swans.
There's a number of waterfalls along the stream which leads in to the lake.
This waterfall has a stone bridge in front of it. The gushing noise of the water was quite loud.
Archie didn't mind the noise, he just wanted to get closer to the water.
Looking back towards the hall, you can see how extensive the grounds are.
We had a lovely day and I can thoroughly recommend Cannon Hall if you're in the area. I'd like to return to have a look round the museum, and there were other parts of the grounds which we didn't get to explore on Sunday so we must visit again. The museum, grounds and gardens have free admission, but there's a nominal £3 charge for parking. There's also a farm which looks like a lovely place to take children. Across the road from the car park is a garden centre, it's quite big, and the prices here were on par with other garden centres. Of course, we had to go and have a look round, but I didn't buy anything. Maybe next time.