A beautiful January day for a walk and to get the old knee working again. We started in Mainsforth and headed towards Bishop Middleham. Here there is a new wildlife reserve called Castle Lake with an impressive bird hide, so we called in to have a look.
A good selection of winter birds, including an impressive Great Crested grebe.
On we walked towards the Country Park and the first view of the temple on the hill.
We entered the grounds and explored the temple area
Then we had a great view over to the hall itself, which is now a Hotel.
There were also lots of birds by the lakes and a folly too.
Then we had a look around the Hall itself
At the back, where no one really wanders were the old stables, untouched from the 18th century!
On the walk back we saw three Short Eared Owls hunting and here is a record shot
Hardwick Hall – we will be back!