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" Tickhill Weekend - Clumber Park "
Date & start time: Saturday 2nd April 2016.
Location of Start : The Visitor Centre, Clumber Park, Nr Worksop, Uk ( SK 626 745 )
Places visited : The park and lake passing Hardwick Village on the way.
Walk details : 3.9 mls, negligible feet of ascent, 2 hours including tea.
Highest point : The scenery
Walked with : Jenna, Tom and Abi and the dogs, Harry and Dylan.
Weather : Warm with sunshine and high, fine weather clouds.
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A weekend with our daughter and family at Tickhill in South Yorkshire.
Something for everyone this weekend as four of us go south to Clumber Park
whilst Ann and Paula go north to Wass to see her friend Lorna (more of that to follow).
First the day out in Clumber Park with "Auntie Jenna".
The country park, some twelve miles south of Tickhill, is owned and managed by the National Trust
It is open to everyone and members are offered free car parking and free entry . . . bonus !
There are a fair number of folk about today (it's Saturday after all) as we wander down past the cafe.
The old house was demolished in 1938 but was never re-built following the war.
The stables and various secondary outbuildings and cricket pitch survive as do the Pleasure Gardens and Walled Gardens.
After leaving the main centre the path enters the wood
and it is a while before we get anything like a clear view of the water again.
At the top weir, near the south western end of the lake, there is a stone built grotto.
Originally it was a retreat for family and friends to visit, maybe have tea or shelter from an occasional rain shower.
" A notice explains that a treble ram vertical pump was installed here in 1931, powered by an existing turbine,
and turned by the metre difference in the lake level created by an artificial weir close by.
The machinery can still be used in times of power failure." Courtesy Derek Harper www.geograph.org.uk/photo/653066
It was capable of supplying water to the whole of the Estate and apparently it is still in working order .
We cross the bridge over the upper lake.
Two lovely swans glide over to check us out . . .
. . . but the mallard ducks take to the water, as we were passing 'too close for comfort' for them.
Our path took us round the lake despite the route being totally missing from the Clumber brochure of suggested walks.
Presumably it was already so popular that it didn't need advertising. The view back across the lake was really nice.
On this side of the lake is the facade of a classic Greek Temple building,
presumably in view from where the old house had originally been sited.
Looking across the lake to the Church again, from further along the track.
We enjoyed the company of even more swans as we walked the lakeside path.
The lake was created by the damming of the local River Poulter with this long embankment.
Beyond it the river continues on through a reed marsh.
The buildings of Hardwick village can be seen on the other side.
The weir and river.
( We pass on refreshments as the converted Land Rover was only selling teas and snacks . . . an ice cream wouldn't have gone amiss though !)
A healthy population of water birds gather close to the picnic area,
no doubt attracted by the availability of bread and other snacks on offer from the human visitors.
A brief road section crosses the causeway on the northern arm of the lake.
The waters on the upper side are a lot greener, presumably due to less fresh water flowing out.
Tufted Duck . . . so called because of the tuft of feathers on the back of his head.
The lake is home to a male Mallard this afternoon.
Alongside him a female companion.
A fallen tree in the lake is a useful vantage point for this large Cormorant
The path look us directly back to the cafe . . . very conveniently it must be said !
The children's play area was also conveniently placed between the cafe and the car.
Well, kids will be kids . . .
One last go on the basket swing . . . and it's time to go home !
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Canon 1100D Digital SLR.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . a fine walk then tea for Jen and I and a swing (for them) at the end.
Previous walk - 27th March 2016 - The Hopegill Valley and Dodd
A previous time up here - 4th February 2012 Tickhill and the Snow
Next walk - 2nd/3rd April 2016 - Stanbrook visit and a Tickhill Walk