Sunday dawned frosty but by early afternoon the sun was trying to put in an appearance so we decided to make use of our annual membership and head off to Lotherton Hall to take Archie for a walk.
We usually do the Boundary Walk around the edge of the estate but it looked very muddy and we were a bit silly really, we hadn't worn our walking boots.
Instead, we decided to do as the sign suggested.
We took a walk through the woodland where the paths make it much less muddy, though I still had to clean my boots when I got home.
The orchard was looking quite bare devoid of leaves. Lotherton has an Apple Day in October and I've been meaning to visit this for the last few years but still haven't made it. Perhaps this year. There looks to be some wonderful varieties.
We walked back through the formal gardens. They look so different in the winter months with the lack of colour.
Daniel and Eleanor always used to enjoy visiting the William and Mary garden whenever we went to Lotherton when they were children, especially at the time when frogs were spawing as the pond was always full of frogspawn and tadpoles. It's always a favourite with children.
I wrote about the pet cemetery in my Lotherton Hall And Doggy Ghosts post, there's also more information about Lotherton Hall in this post too.
We passed the little chapel on our way back to the car. This is the oldest building at Lotherton and dates back to the 1100s.
It was nice to get out of the house for a decent walk, as I've mentioned before, it does improve my mood. I'm so lucky that we're spoilt for choice really where we live, there's so many places which are more or less on our doorstep. I just hope that the weather holds for a bit now so that we can get out and about a bit more.