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Days Out: Autumn at the National Trust

This Autumn we have been enjoying visiting some National Trust properties. I became a member again at the beginning of September because I wanted a safe place to walk, on my own if necessary. I much prefer the parks and gardens of the National Trust rather than the houses, unless they feature "ordinary" lives, for example, the servants quarters at Lanydrock are absolutely fascinating. Here are three of our most recent visits:

Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton, has an amazing walled kitchen garden. When I first visited this property, the kitchen garden wasn't open (it was in decline during the war and has lain fallow between 1970s and early 2000s), but to see it today, fully in use and all the produce being used is just brilliant.

We followed a short circular walk through the parkland on this occasion, finishing up in the woodland garden where the trees were just started to tinge with Autumn colours.

Dunster Castle has a lovely (but steep) garden whose paths wend their way t…

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