My folks are members, of the National Trust UK, and if I lived in the UK I would definitely be joining up too (it would be a dream to work for them!). Growing up in England I always loved visiting National Trust Properties, for both the history and the grounds.
Now-a-days there are so many marvellous things for children to do too, as well as concerts and events throughout the year – to tie in with seasonal traditions.
We arrived at Berrington Hall late in the afternoon.
There wasn’t time to explore the house, but we enjoyed stretching our legs around the grounds.
We found a fun playground area and Grandad enjoyed a relaxing moment on a giant hammock swing!
After a lovely breath of fresh air we drove on to historic Ludlow and to our evenings accommodation – at ‘The Feathers Hotel, Ludlow‘.
We had a stroll around the town, wishing we could have explored the castle – but it was closed for the annual Food Festival. Nevertheless, it was pleasant to take a walk and admire the many historical buildings.
We found a lovely Thai restaurant for our evening meal, before heading back to our hotel for a good night’s sleep. Alice was a little concerned at staying in such an old place. I’d anticipated some questions about ghosts, but she was more concerned about the fire risk! We had a very in-depth discussion about fire safety and ‘health and safety’ that hotels have to adhere to!
The next morning we left Ludlow to make our way to Rhyl, where my Aunty has a holiday caravan.
We enjoyed stopping at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in the morning.
We then carried on to Rhyl, making a stop at Long Mynd. We drove up to the highest point of the Long Mynd, where we enjoyed beautiful views across Shropshire and beyond.
There were many sheep and wild horses sharing the narrow road way!
After enjoying the scenery and watching the gliders soaring the air currents (something my Dad enjoyed doing as a school boy at The Blue Coat School, Liverpool) we drove down to the Carding Mill Valley for a refreshing cuppa and ice-cream.
The cafe there had a wonderful education centre, with games, displays, books and puzzles. The drive down was one of those ‘dodge the sheep’ adventures!