Half term at Wallington
My third visit to Wallington in February was to be during the half term school holidays. The property had beaten its last year visitor total of 205,000 in about nine months. With the financial year 2011/2012 coming to a close it is estimated that there will be about 230,000 in total.
This will make Wallington the most visited National Trust property in Northumberland, beating Cragside and Seaton Delaval Hall.
Entrance to the property was free for this week and the House was open for the first time this year. The first main event allowed children to go on an adventure trail, make a bird box and do other art and craft activities as well as play in the Adventure Playground and explore the grounds.
I have been coming to Wallington now for about three years. I pass over Paine's Bridge before going up the hill to get to the main entrance of the property. I was slightly earlier than normal, so I parked up to get the photographs that I had always promised myself to do.
I climbed over the fence and walked a short way along river walk to take this photograph.
The River Walk starts in West Wood and vsitors walk along the river bank to Paine's Bridge and across the river by stepping stones before reaching the Walled Garden.
View of River Walk looking north east towards the Walled Garden.
View of the Clock Tower and visitor entrance to the property.
Clock Tower from the Courtyard.
View of rear of House and Courtyard.
The House was open for the first time this year and during the opening time of three hours, there was about four hundred visitors who looked around the historic property.
View of House from East Lawn.
Snowdrops in East Wood.
China Pond one of the three ponds around the grounds.
Portico Walk runs parallel with Garden Pond and this avenue was the site of the original Walled Garden.
Original Walled Garden wall on Portico Walk.
Garden Pond - still iced over from last week's cold weather.
Lower Terrace looking towards Mary Pool.
Mary Burn. The burn runs from Mary Pool to Goldfish Pond and originally was used to get water for the garden. It is now only a feature.
Snowdrops in the Walled Garden Orchard and Nuttery.
Lower Terrace of the Walled Garden.
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