Askham Hall

Askham Hall

North Eastern Lake District

Route: Askham Hall

Area: North Eastern Lake District

Date of walk: 7th April 2015

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.0 miles

Weather: Mostly sunny

After visiting Lowther Castle earlier in the day we drove through Lowther Park to nearby Askham (a walk linking the two would be very worthwhile and I shall bookmark that for the future)

After lunch in the village pub we walked across the road to Askham Hall. The hall itself is not open to the public. The Grade II listed gardens, which date back to the C17, are open however so we paid our admission fee and went in

We were the only ones there, but I don’t know why as it’s a lovely place – well designed and planted and in a delightful setting. There was an intimate feeling to it and we really enjoyed our time spent there

On the way back home we stopped at the Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre, where we spent a fascinating time watching a flying demonstration with rare and beautiful birds of prey

When we set out from home earlier in the day, we’d been planning a 7 mile walk in the Askham area but the distractions of Lowther Castle, Askham Hall and the Bird of Prey Centre (all in a radius of a mile or so), meant that we had no time for a proper walk. But never mind, we’d had a great time in this often overlooked part of the Lake District, and will be back to explore it further

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