A day out at Wimpole Estate

Last Thursday the hubby and I went to Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire, which is in the care of the National Trust.

We have visited the house and estate a few times, but had not visited the folly since it and the Gothic Tower had been restored in 2015.  It was rather chilly that day, so we stopped for a warm scone and coffee in the cafe before we set off exploring.

Coffees finished, we started our walk to the folly – trying to avoid the geese and sheep along the way.  We were curious to see what improvements had been made to the folly but it seemed further than I remember so I had to stop a couple of times to catch my breath (note to self – get fitter!).

Once we had reached the top, we were able to get a closer look at the tower.  The tower is situated within the folly which was designed to resemble the ruins of a castle.  The then owner of Wimpole Hall, Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, commissioned Sanderson Miller to design the folly.  The folly was then built in 1769 by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, the landscape architect.  The tower can be seen from certain points within the house and grounds.

You are able to climb to the top of the tower but the door was locked so we were unable to on this occasion.  It’s hard to believe that this was a building that was built as a ruin rather than a building that has fallen into ruin.

inside the tower

After exploring the ruins for a while, we then made our way back to the grounds and, after a slight detour away from some scary looking cows, we were back at the hall.  We had a rest on a bench at the back of the house before making our way back to the car park passing the beautiful display of daffodils.

Have you visited Wimpole Estate?  Do you love it as much as we do?

For more information on Wimpole Estate, and how to become a National Trust member,  visit their website.

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