One thing I always do upon return from a trip is after a great amount of smothering by the hounds I treat them. Being Basset Hounds this does not mean miles and fast but slow and tranquil
Well, after Iceland I picked them up and off we went down the road to Cheshire, and peace. I even afforded myself a rare weekend of putting the iphone in my pocket, switched off. Does good to take a breather every now and then.
Tatton Park was the main event for them, they love it there. I love it there. No hills, sure, but a great days expanse and perfect for a man and his dog(s).
The main attraction at Tatton Park for many is the Tudor Old hall and its grand gardens. The mansion contains large collections of furniture and ceramics plus the largest library owned by the National Trust. For me this day though it was time to hit and circumnavigate the 1000 acre deer park.
Tatton Park may be popular, especially in summer but out in the deer park you escape the crowds starkly and have a wide range of tracks in all directions. I had all day so the full walk round it was in order.
The deer park is scattered with lakes, wooded areas, benches that perfectly sit for a quiet and glorious view. Of course though there are the deer, magnificent large animals grazing in the open or lazily sitting in their groups under an old tree, heads on lookout. Sheep are in abundance too so I can only say please take care with your dog when in areas the signs ask.
If you have all day, take it and soak it all up. One of those strolls there really is no rush or a feel of needing a rush. If you want shorter walks there are plenty, why there is even a bike hire so you can tour around on wheels.
Very calming. And the dogs were shattered 😀
Now then, for a peaceful bed and breakfast that was pet friendly in the area. I struck gold. In a little place called Pickmere not far away there is Pickmere Country Guest House. Set beautifully, the owners are so naturally warming and you can’t get much more peaceful to be honest. Not a problem pet wise at all. Plus for evening meal there are 2 country pubs within walking distance.
Even this little place had another little gem for the evening walk. Their own Pickmere Lake.
As the sun was going down I wandered around its banks, the dogs lapped up more fresh air and all in all I was ready to hit…. Monday and home 😀