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Winter Walk in Wollaton Park

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by Erin Connelly (subscribe)
I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published January 26th 2013
Serene snow-covered hills and a grand historic hall
Outside of the busy city centre of Nottingham is an old country hall surrounded by acres of gardens and picturesque countryside. Wollaton Hall is now a recognisable attraction due to playing the role of Wayne Manor in the latest Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises, but it has always been a local favourite for its natural beauty and scenic walks.

Wollaton Hall. Photo by Erin Connelly.


The hall sits on top of a hill, which provides panoramic views of the surrounding snow-covered gardens, frozen lake, and village church steeples just visible above the trees.

Deer and unfinished snowmen. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Statue in a frozen garden. Photo by Erin Connelly.


The inclines around the hall make it a popular site for sledging in the winter and the area is always filled with families, snowmen, and the occasional snowball fights. If you don't have children or fancy a quiet walk rather than hurtling down a hill, the best thing to do is follow a path away from the hall toward the duck pond at the far end of the grounds.

Wooded lakeside path. Photo by Erin Connelly.


On a snowy day, the lakeside path is usually deserted with only the sound of snow dropping through the trees and ducks splashing nearby. It's the perfect place to enjoy a bit of solitude and natural beauty before heading back out into the busy urban areas.

Slightly frozen lake. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Wollaton Hall and lake. Photo by Erin Connelly.


Wollaton Hall is open all year round and entry to the building and grounds is free. Opening and closing times vary throughout the year and are available at the Nottingham City Council's website. Information about events and activities celebrating the hall's role in the Batman film is also available at the official website.
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Why? Explore a scenic lakeside walk in a beautiful historical setting
When: All year round; see website for specific opening times
Phone: 0115 915 3900
Where: Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, NG8 2AE
Cost: Free
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