The National Trust has teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor to create a free ‘Little Book of Great Walks Near You’, suggesting some of their favourite walks at National Trust places in the Midlands.
This handy guide features walks across the region and is broken down into six categories; walks for ‘Wildlife and Nature’, ‘Peaks and Views’, ‘Woodlands’, ‘Water’s Edge’, ‘History’ and ‘Season’s Best’. It will be distributed through regional Cotswold Outdoor stores and all of the National Trust properties included – one of which is in Lincolnshire.
Belton House is the perfect county home and looks lovely whatever the time of year, earning it a place in the ‘Season’s Best’ section. With bluebells in spring, colourful summer blooms in the garden and supreme displays of autumn shades, it really is a seasonal gem.
Of course there are lots more walks at National Trust places in the area and the great thing is that they usually cater for all abilities, starting with gentle strolls around the houses and immediate gardens, through to longer walks that reach to the edges of some of the vast estates. Another highlight of a National Trust walk is there’s bound to be an excellent tea-room or restaurant offering hot drinks and a tasty slice of cake not too far away.
National Trust staff have helped to compile the walking guide, with many of the walks being personal favourites. Chris Shaw, Ranger at Belton said:
One of my favourite walks is the Park Walk as it gives you a great snapshot of Belton’s history coupled with views such as the long avenue down to the Bellmount Tower. This looks majestic all year round but especially in the autumn with the changing colours. Another of my favourites on the walk is the site of where the deserted village of Towthorpe once stood. It gives a real sense of all the rich layers that make Belton what it is today.
Look out for copies of the guide at the Cotswold store in Nottingham or visit nationaltrust.org.uk/localwalks for print-friendly copies of all the suggested walks.