Did anyone else get National Trust memberships for Christmas? If you’re looking out for how to make the most of them, here are some recommendations of the best the North has to offer!p
There are soooooo many fantastic places to choose from that I’ve wrestled with writing this… can I really not include my beautiful local property (Nostell) that I’ve spent so many happy times at? I’ve had to be ruthless, so here we go….
Yep, it’s tops another one of my lists! I think because it has EVERYTHING. An absolutely stunning house in the most amazing setting, a great history and my favourite element; miles and miles of fantastic walking trails in their impressive estate. It’s worth a holiday in Northumberland just to visit. Honestly, just go. More here.
Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire
Obviously this World Heritage site has to be included. The magnificent medieval abbey ruins are in beautiful grounds, perfect for a leisurely day exploring! There’s a great adventure playground and good, accessible paths. More here.
Stickleback and the Langdales
If you’re into the outdoors, perhaps you already have a bit of a love affair with the Langdales. The scenery is spectacular…and there are miles of walking trails to explore this piece of paradise. We love the National Trust campsite at Great Langdale, where you can start the Stickle Tarn Trail, a great short but challenging walk.
Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale
The best natural playground you could wish for! Children (and adults) of all ages will love exploring and climbing these impressive rock formations. The views over Nidderdale are both breathtaking and extensive, and on a clear day you can even see York Minster! More here.
Mam Tor, Peak District
One of the Peak District’s favourite walks, the shivering mountain is great for families, and for little ones starting at the top car park it’s a realistic summit which still can give them a good sense of achievement.
Other notable favourites
These all have their own bit of wow;
- Longshaw Estate in the Peaks has beautiful walks, including the unmissable Padley Gorge
- Catbells is a favourite walk for many in the Lakes.
- Gibside, on the outskirts of Newcastle is another go to place for family walks
- Wallington Hall has some fab play areas and the walled garden is just gorgeous
- Clumber Park is impressive in size and the amount of things to see!
- The Lake District’s Great Wood is a starting point for many good walks
- Wray Castle on the banks of Windermere in the Lakes is a favourite for children
- Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge is a must see for anyone loving stepping stones!