Saturday 19th November 2016
Felbrigg Hall is my favourite. Of all the large country houses and estates that we’ve walked around over the years its the one that makes me smile. Not sure why exactly. It just does.
I wanted to try and photograph the Autumn colours before it was too late and the forecast looked good so off Tim and I set with our soup filled flasks, cheese and chutney sandwiches and camera batteries charged. We had no hesitation about dragging our thermals out from the back of the cupboard as we were going ‘out on location’ after a really hard frost during the night.
Felbrigg is a small village in North Norfolk about three miles south of Cromer – the Felbrigg Estate is to the west of the village and covers about 520 acres. Part of the Hall date back to the 17th century and is owned by the National Trust.
There are many trails and walks around the grounds and is suitable for all the family. We parked near the entrance of the park and headed straight into the Great Wood which hugs the northside of the hall. Full of ancient Oaks, Beech and Chestnut it’s absolutely wonderful. Here are just a few photos.
We saw only one person in the first hour of venturing through the wood. “Where is everybody?” As usual, in these sorts of places, people don’t normally appear until about lunchtime so we could enjoy our photography and felt that we had the place to ourselves.
It’s worth looking down to the ground as well as up. I often lay down to photograph the fungi. Tim doesn’t understand my love of mushrooms but likes the results.
By the time we came round to the Hall it was time for lunch. The Hall itself was closed for the season but the cafe and toilets were open – Hurrah!
On a nice day it’s certainly worth venturing south towards the lake and around to the church. It was beautiful today so we couldn’t resist doing just that.
By the time we were back to the car other cars full of families and dogs were pilling into the estate. This was 2:30pm. Why do people leave it so late? Oh well, we were on our way home, back before dark and in time for a nice cup of tea!
Felbrigg Hall and grounds – absolutely beautiful.