For last weeks wander we decided to keep in the boundary of the Felbrigg estate. This stately home in nth Norfolk was built in the 1600’s and was in the Wyndham family ownership for centuries. The last owner was Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer who, on his death, in 1969 left the estate to the National Trust.
Our walk took us across sheep filled open parkland to the church. Down to the lake then through various types of woodland. The house was closed due to covid restrictions but having seen it once I wasn’t overly impressed. We finished with a look around the walled garden. In summer this is a beautiful place to visit and now in November still had some surprises.
It was a mostly overcast day and quite windy however when we got to this feature in the woods the sun broke through. The avenues of Beech trees were planted by the last owner in 1946 in memory of his brother who died in WW2.
Apart from the lake, birdlife was very scarce. This female Blackbird in the walled garden was determined to get trod on!
The walled garden was a feature of stately homes. They formed a micro climate so fruit and veg could be produced to feed the’big house’ all year. At Felbrigg half of the garden is now flowers and shrubs but ancient apple and pear trees line the walls.