Marks Hall Walk
Heading towards The Avenue Walk, past the ancient oak, the canopy of trees provides a welcome shelter from the blazing sun. Dog roses have given way to bulging hips and blushed pink bramble flowers are developing into tasty blackberries. Huge long horned cattle chew the cud during their summer stay at Markshall and prove a great attraction for young and old heading for the picnic area or tea at the visitors’ centre.
The relaxed informal atmosphere at the entrance of Marks Hall has changed in the last 6 months with the erection of a series of barriers, gates and fences and the introduction of new regulations. This is a very sad reflection on the times in which we live, but I expect that the true country lovers will overcome the barriers so that they can enjoy the open country walks and bird song away from the main buildings. There are many peaceful and interesting walks across the region.This year the old bluebell wood we used to enjoy has been overrun with brambles following the opening up of the area after the felling of a number of trees a couple of years ago. Enthusiasts will find a blue carpet of flowers at another wood on the outskirts of the estate.
Note: Please be aware of your own safety when walking on country lanes.