We’ve been striding through the National Trust handbook to all the local places near us, and last week returned to Stowe. The last time we went was in early 2014, so a lot longer ago than I realised.
This time I thought N might have wanted to do the halloween trail but of course not…instead we just followed round some of the other children to see the pumpkins that they were spotting as part of the trail.
It was a beautiful autumn day. Warm enough to go out without coats although N wanted to take his. We opted for the lazy version and caught the buggy down the 15 minute walk to the gardens. N moans enough about walking round as it is, so adding the 15 minutes on either end wasn’t really going to be a good idea.
There was a slight early morning haze to the day, but it was wonderful seeing the lake and the trees. The reflections of the leaves were stunning.
We spotted several of the pumpkins as we walked round
We enjoyed walking over the bridges as usual
And he found a leafy branch to waft around.
N’s not keen on walking but as long as there’s plenty for him to see and do on the walk, plenty to look at to keep his interest he’s fine. Although if I’d taken snacks with me, that would have been better to avoid his moans about wanting lunch.
Stowe was quite busy like all these other places are when it’s autumn time and half term. But we were still able to get in a lovely walk without too many people getting in the way…except when N was on his mission to get back to pick up the buggy that was waiting! There was no stopping him.
We decided to have some lunch at the café too. Needless to say it was packed out with a long queue. I do think we hit it at the right time though. N had to have his favourite lunchbox, while I had to wait 20 minutes after my order for a sandwich.
It was warm enough to sit outside to eat if in the sun, which was a lovely end to our visit. We’ve still got more to see at Stowe, the other temples, and up to the house – hopefully timing it on a day it’s open, so I’m sure we’ll be back. If anything I get to tell N more about the stories of the sports matches we came and played at Stowe School when I was at 6th form!
What’s your local national trust place? Did you go out on any Halloween trails, or to see the autumn leaves?