After poking around Baslow for a bit, Diane and I realized that we still had a chunk of time left to us before it was time for dinner. We were both eager to see Chatsworth again and so we quickly decided what better way to spend a few hours than by walking over hill and dale for a glimpse of the House.
There were many unique and inventive gates to be got through on our way.
The Cannon Kissing Gate, above and below.
The walk through the Park was longer than we'd expected, but offered rewards along the way, such as finding Barbrook House, where Joseph Paxton, the Bachelor Duke's garden designer, once lived.
At last, we were rewarded with our first look at the House.
And the iconic stone bridge.
The views of the park, and the resident sheep, were stunning.
Yep. More sheep. And Diane and I have got more photos of them than you can shake a stick at.
Above, the Hunting Tower.
The Cascade, above, was an engineering marvel of its day.
Our walk ended at Edensor, above, where we threw our tired selves upon the mercy of the counter girl at the tea shop, which was just closing, and asked her to call us a cab back to the Cavendish Arms. We had seen Chatsworth, and the walk was lovely, but very much longer than we'd supposed!
Next stop Edensor - coming soon!
Labels: A Tour Guide in England, Kristine Hughes