Walking through Chatsworth’s 1000 acre parkland in the autumnal sunshine, The Shire gains a new golden lustre. The ochre and burnt umber palate of leaves, adding another facet of beauty to this jewel of a place.
The blue skies, green pastures and a glimmering patchwork, of ever changing trees, lends a certain magic to the day.
The world raves about New England in the fall, how about Old England? I think we’ve just as much natural beauty in our woodlands here in the Shire. Leaf Peepers of the world, don’t overlook Derbyshire.
Deer, sheep and even cattle graze happily in the distance.
Capability Brown designed much of the parkland in the 1760s however thelandscape has been influenced by some of the greatest artists and designers of their time including: George London; William Kent; Lancelot Brown; Sir Jeffry Wyatville and Sir Joseph Paxton.
The 12th Duke of Devonshire and the Duchess commissioned various leading contemporary British artists to produce sculptures for the park. As well as contemporary pieces of art, the sculptures also act as fences for the annual International Horse Trials that take place at Chatsworth.
We came across this fine example as we prowled towards the stable block, in search of refreshments.
The Hunting Tower built in the 1570s, survives from the time of Bess of Hardwick. Situated in Stand Wood and ideally placed to provide extensive views of the deer park, both for locating deer, observing the hunting, as well as being a place for banquets. Peering above the trees it has a distinct fairy-tale appeal
With pleasant walks for all abilities, exploring Chatsworth’s parkland is a beautiful way to spend a day. Bring a picnic, call at the farm shop for local delights or dine at one of the excellent eateries on site. It’s a Derbyshire delight.
- Lady Sky