Wimpole Estate | A Blustery Afternoon

A few weeks ago, we received our National Trust membership packs, complete with two bright orange cards and a hefty brochure jam packed with details of the many places you can visit. 

On Sunday morning, we opened the brochure to find our destination of the day and after a few minutes of uhming and ahhing, we settled on Wimpole Estate in Royston, as it's only a thirty minute drive away from our hometown and we were already slowing creeping in to early afternoon.

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The Folly at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.
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Wildlife at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.

The great thing about the National Trust membership is how much money you SAVE. If we weren't members, it would have cost us £36 to access the grounds, plus parking fees and any additional money spent on lunch. For under a tenner a month, you and a partner can visit as many National Trust places as you like and you won't have to pay for parking (as long as your funky little sticker is on your car).

Wimpole Estate is HUGE and has quite a lot to offer. After setting off through the woodland areas, I think we'd already decided that it was one of our favourite places we'd been so far. From Wimpole Hall, to their Home Farm, The Folly to the Walled Garden, there's something to suit everyone.

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The Old Rectory Restaurant at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.
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Wimpole Hall at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.

If we ever have children, I can tell that we'll be one of those 'outdoorsy' families. We'll probably all have matching wellies and raincoats. G will be pointing out things to the little ones and I'll be snapping as many pictures as possible; we'll reach a picnic bench at 11 o'clock and deem it a perfectly suitable time to open our packed lunches. 

For now, it's just the two of us, strolling hand in hand along the muddy fields (and boy was it muddy at Wimpole Estate! This probably had something to do with the time of year and the unpredictable british weather).

After a few hours strolling around the grounds, we popped in to the Old Rectory Restaurant for some lunch. G opted for cheese scones, whilst I indulged in a cheddar and spinach quiche and OH MY GOODNESS, IT WAS SO GOOD. I could've eaten more than one slice it was THAT delicious.

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The Folly at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire.
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The Folly at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. 

Wondering around gardens and stately homes is one of my favourite things to do. It's just so...easy. I look forward to when the weather gets a little brighter (we don't seem far off!) and the flowers start to bloom, as we'll be able to see these places in all of their glory.

Are you a member of the National Trust? Have you ever visited Wimpole Estate? What would be your ideal day out? Comment below or tweet me @eleanoraustin.
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