Land’s End Landmark, Cornwall


I’d been to Land’s End about a decade ago with my parents but it was in the middle of winter and thick fog so I was keen to go again. Keith had never been so we thought we’d give it a go. Land’s End is the most westerly point in the UK.

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St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall (National Trust)


St Michael’s Mount is located in Marazion. Its basically a castle and gardens located on a little island that is accessible by boat or on foot using the causeway.

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Cornwall


Another attraction that was close to our cottage was the Lappa Valley Steam Railway. We thought it’d be a decent place to kill a few more hours and also give Baby H her first experience of a steam train!

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Trerice, Cornwall (National Trust)


We recently went to Cornwall for a family holiday and stayed in a cottage near Newquay. On the Sunday we wanted a fairly low key day so we went to Trerice which is near the cottage.

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Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire (National Trust)


Over the Easter bank holiday weekend we went to Hardwick Hall for a family day out in the amazing good weather (for the UK). We’re trying to really get our money’s worth with our membership as you can probably tell!

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Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire (National Trust)


So it’s been absolute ages since we actually made use of our National Trust membership since the arrival of Baby H made things quite difficult for us to go out and about in the cold weather (she doesn’t like the cold like her mummy). However it’s now mild enough that we feel comfortable heading out! We decided on a day out at Shugborough. We’d been back in August 2010 when it was being managed by the Council so it looked quite different back then.

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Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire (National Trust)


Last weekend we continued our tour of National Trust properties. Kedleston Hall is a lovely 18th century mansion with huge grounds. Its a short distance from Derby so is fairly easy to get to.

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Calke Abbey, Derbyshire (National Trust)


On the bank holiday Monday we decided to take advantage of our new National Trust joint membership. Calke (been told its pronounced like Cork?) Abbey, also known as the un-stately home and country estate, is located in Ticknall, Derby. Short drive away from home for us.

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National Trust Membership


With our little baby H on the way, Keith and I decided to join the National Trust. If you’re not familiar with it, its a charity founded in 1985 which does its best to look after coastline, forests, woods, historic houses, gardens, art collections, etc all across the United Kingdom.

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