As I mentioned in my last post, I was in Bath last weekend with my boyfriend. Sometimes it feels like we’ve done everything there is to do in Bath, so this time I took my car and we ventured 20 minutes outside of the city to Dyrham Park.
I’d never been before, and it was a nice (although slightly misty) day so we wanted to get some fresh air and go for a walk.
Dyrham house, as it stand today was built in the late 17th Century when the original Tudor mansion was reconstructed by William Blathwayt in the new baroque style. We didn’t learn very much about the family or the building as we mostly wandered the grounds with a guide from the national trust who told us all about the deer, and the interesting things that we would have been able to see had it not been such a misty day.
Still, the trip was not wasted. We wandered the avenues of trees that are starting to come into their autumn foliage and admired the colours that were all over the park.
My main reason for the trip though was to see the deer.
As you can see in the second picture above, we caught them wandering around in the distance but Dyrham is wonderful in that you can crest a hill and find yourself practically on top of a herd (is it a herd of deer?).
And after a quick glance they really don’t pay any attention to you.
I can’t believe I was worried about seeing them. They are everywhere!
The house is lovely and can be reached from the back by walking down the terraces and through a lovely tunnel of trees.
It will bring you out by the gardens and I recommend going this way. There’s much more to see than just walking down the drive.
The house is lovely, but we didn’t go inside this time. We popped into the shop where you can buy local honey and jams ( and plenty of venison!) and made our way back to the car up the steep hill of the driveway.
On the way out we tested just how friendly the deer really are when we saw two relaxing under some trees. Apparently this is what they do when they want to settle down to some good, hard digesting of all that tasty grass.
Neither of them minded us being there. They are definitely the most friendly deer I’ve ever come across!
If you’re local to Dyrham Park then I would definitely recommend it as a lovely spot to whittle away some hours at the weekend. Fresh air, lots of exercise, what’s not to love? We stopped off a the Tollgate afterwards for sandwiches and scones too.
This weekend I’m back to Bath for fireworks. See you soon West Country.