Claremont National Trust After Lockdown. Continuing with our National Trust post lockdown series this week we visited Claremont. I had high hopes after staying up until 12.40am to book tickets. But I have to say I was a little disappointed. To be fair our experience was not helped by the good old British weather. The heavens opened about fifteen minutes into our visit.
I felt as though ticket numbers are very limited for Claremont and this was backed up by the fact that when we got there the carpark was quite full. As it is not very big. The entrance is straight off of the road. If you are regular visitors of Claremont then it has effectively been turned back to front. You enter via the exit near the amphitheater and leave by the entrance and the play area. Like many of the other National Trust properties, we have visited during lockdown the play area is closed as is the cafe.
The boys and I decided to stick to the low path and walk around the lake, rather than around the top of the amphitheater. Kipper was fascinated by the lawnmower they were using to mow the sides of it. It looked like a little yellow tank that was remote-controlled. He stood and watched it for a little while. Monkey, on the other hand, climbed the many tree trunks dotted around by the lake. There was a lot of goose poo though so we had to be careful where we stepped.
Deciding to follow the most interesting pathway up through the statues towards the keep. Unfortunately just as we reached the seating the heavens opened. Typical. I have lost track of the number of places we have been in the rain recently. We found a little place to shelter, but realising it was not going to stop we went to look at the keep. The boys were disappointed that we could not get up close and that it was behind closed gates.
Instead, we walked back down towards the lake and sheltered on the way down. By the time we got to the lake again, it had stopped altogether. I can imagine that it would be beautiful if the sun had been out and reflecting on the water. The lake is so still it is really beautiful. The boys found some log stepping stones that they enjoyed jumping back and forth on. Until the rain came again and they became slippery.
Although small I can see the attraction of Claremont. It is perfect if you only have a couple of hours. If you are looking for a longer day out then you could combine it with a fruit and vegetable picking at Garsons Farm. As this is just around the corner.
Other National Trust properties we have visited recently
We have been lucky enough to visit a couple of National Trust properties since lockdown started to ease. You can read about the other ones below:
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