Last Saturday was a really special day when we led a walk for The Peacock Hotel in Rowsley through the two ancient estates of Chatsworth and Haddon.
In addition to enjoying stunning scenery throughout the guided walk, customers learned about the fascinating history of these two estates.
What made the walk really special was that Lord Edward Manners had very kindly granted us permission to walk through the private part of the Haddon Estate that isn’t normally open to the public. He had also arranged for us to have a private guided tour of Haddon Hall after a delicious lunch at the Haddon Restaurant. The staff of the Haddon Estate looked after us really well on the day!
The private part of the Haddon Estate includes the old orchard, and the medieval deer park. This is a beautiful, very natural looking area of parkland that has largely been left undisturbed for centuries. Through here, we saw lots of beautiful mature trees, many of which had been planted by different generations of the Manners family. We saw fascinating lumps in the ground that were massive ant hills (a sign that the land has been left undisturbed for a long period of time), and we were able to look into the abandoned tunnel that the old London to Manchester railway line once passed through. The estate is managed for conservation and we saw evidence of many initiatives to encourage wildlife, birds and a diverse range of plants and trees.
The photo gallery below shows some of the highlights of the day.
Walking through the private part of the Haddon Estate
View over amazing countryside from the medieval deer park in the private part of the Haddon Estate
Exploring the entrance to the Haddon Tunnel in the private part of the Haddon Estate. The London to Manchester railway line once passed through here.
Beautiful trees in the Haddon Estate
The gardens at Haddon Hall
Walking along the track-bed of the old railway line in the private part of the Haddon Estate.
Looking down an air shaft into the old railway tunnel in the private part of the Haddon Estate.
The footpath through Manners Wood.
The River Derwent in Chatsworth Park
Footpath through Chatsworth Park