Stourhead

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there are plenty of lovely picnic spots

A well-known beauty spot, and deservedly so. Every season Stourhead has something special to offer its visitors. And while there may be plenty of them, with so much space it doesn’t feel crowded.

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tranquility by the lake

Although the lake is big, it isn’t a challenging walk, the path is mostly flat and even.

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approaching the Temple of Apollo

If you’re peckish, there’s a restaurant near the entrance or a pub in the village, but I prefer to take a picnic and enjoy the incredible views, there’s a few benches around the lake.

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there’s an on-site village, featuring a pub, church and art gallery

Don’t venture to Stourhead unless you’ve got most of a day free, because there’s so much to see. From an on-site pub to an obelisk, this place has everything. Don’t miss the ice cream parlour!

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exploring inside the temples

Speaking of views, I visited King Alfred’s Tower, which has views of three counties stretching for miles.

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the 205 step spiral staircase was worth it

You can either walk the two miles to King Alfred’s tower or drive there, as there’s a separate car park. From here you can venture out into the woodland and explore plenty of other walks.

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King Alfred’s tower stands tall wirh views across Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire

There’s also a grand house to visit, but before you do, follow the signs to the lockers for large bags (super handy and free) to find the introductory video which gives an overview of the estate’s history.

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the view from the house entrance

There isn’t much phone signal and certainly no internet. For ultimate escapism and relaxation, Stourhead is the place to be.

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even the ducks get the sunday night blues

P.S. wear comfy shoes, the estate is huge!

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