After a few fine and happy days visiting friends and family in first Sheffield and then West Sussex, we headed North again. We pitched up in what turned out to be a really fab site called Clumber Park near Worksop. Our intention was primarily to visit Lincoln. The site is situated in a corner of 4000 acres of parkland, once the estate of the Duke of Newcastle and once part of Sherwood Forest We had only intended to stay one night here but it was so lovely we stayed another night so we would have a full day to explore.
This must surely be the grandest entrance to a caravan site:
Once through the arch we were met by the amazing site of Lime Tree Avenue, all 1296 trees of it!
The ‘lost house’ in my title refers to the Dukes’s mansion, now sadly demolished but the outline is marked out on the ground and many other buildings remain and house bike hire, discovery centre,coffee shop etc. The highlight however was the walled kitchen garden. Here can be found the 450 foot long glasshouse – they certainly did things on a grand scale here! Beautifully tended – who knew A garden of fruit and veg could look so pretty?
We drove off into Lincoln, intent on visiting Lincoln Cathedral. Parking was very difficult, motor homes are not very welcome here so we found 1 hour free parking and zoomed around the cathedral, not really doing it justice but WOW was it well worth the visit! Amazing to think this was built 900 years ago and has been in constant use ever since. How many of today’s buildings will still be standing after such a time span?