On Friday, before picking our children up from school, my sister and I decided to go for lunch and a walk around Mount Edgcumbe country park. My beautiful nephew who is eight weeks old came along too but as you can see from the photos, he spent the entire afternoon fast asleep.
Mount Edgcumbe country park and house is situated on the Rame peninsula overlooking the Plymouth sound. The house is no longer habitated by its previous owner the Earl of Edgcumbe and is now run by both Cornwall council and Plymouth council. Visitors come here to explore the breathtaking grade 1, 865 acre gardens, woodlands and beaches which are free to visit all year round.
The main reason for our visit today was to grab a spot of pub lunch from the cosy Edgcumbe arms. It is one of the best pubs around our area with its large open fireplace, amazing roast dinners and comfy seating areas with a view out to the river Tamar. It was very chilly today so we loved the fact that the popular table next to the fire was free. We really enjoyed the heat, especially the dog.
My sister and I went a little crazy with the carvery so we definitely needed to go and explore the gardens to work off our lunch.
We decided we needed to walk the whole of the country park and also to give my sister's cockapoo, Teddy a good run as he had spent the morning locked in the house. The weather was chilly but beautiful today, the spring sunshine was definitely here. The flowers were blooming and there was lots of people out walking too.
One of my favourite features of Mount Edgcumbe is the large duck pond located in the centre of the park. The ducks here are very tame and will run towards you hoping for a piece of bread. They seemed hungrier than normal today as when we approached the pond, they all rushed/swam over. We felt very bad that we didn't have any food on us, I think a few of them followed us as we walked past, still hoping for bread. I'm sure they will get plenty of food at the weekend when the children are all here playing with them.
The house sits at the top of the country park looking over its formal gardens and an impressive view of Plymouth. It was built in 1553 by Sir Richard Edgcumbe but was gutted during World war II in 1941. They restored the house but decided to sell it to the council who now run the estate and gardens for public use. It is a very impressive building and I love walking around the house when it is open to the public in the summer months.
The photo above was taken from the main entrance of the house. In the distance is the Tamar river and Plymouth. I love where I live as I have a mixture of busy, crazy city life and these beautiful quiet country spots to explore. Overall, we, including sleeping baby, had a lovely day out in the fresh air. If you are ever visiting the area, Mount Edgcumbe is one for your to do list. It is very accessible from Plymouth as there is a regular ferry service in place.