We recently joined the National Trust and purchased a family membership, as we have a couple of lovely National Trust places near us that are perfectly for a little visit to let the kids run free for a bit. Turn up with a picnic and some of the venues have kids trails going on through the holidays.

Tyler was away on a school residential trip for the weekend, so it was just us and the girls. I wanted to go somewhere that was quieter, have a picnic and just to chill out. The girls play really nicely together and can come up with some lovely games. So I just popped National Trust into google maps and it showed all the places near us, one popped up that I hadn’t heard off Harting Down.

As we drove along getting closer, we spotted a large hill, we guessed that’s where we were heading too! The road climbed up pretty high, and we arrived at a car park. It was a National Trust car park, so with our membership we can park for free at all the National Trust car parks. Even if we didn’t have a pass the parking was quite reasonable.

We set ourselves up, and had our picnic together. It was beautiful and very peaceful, the girls happily played and sat chatting to each other.




After our picnic we went for a walk together, we have never done this walk before so I wasn’t sure where we were going! However we weren’t disappointed, it was even more beautiful than our picnic spot.



We didn’t get time to venture too far along Harting Down as it was a lot hotter than we thought, and poor Dixie was getting a bit hot. However we will be back with Tyler.

The favorite bit for the girls was the wildlife, it was a perfect place to spot some butterflies, birds and bugs. If anyone has an idea on what this beautiful bird is please let us know, as we didn’t know but it was stunning.





So if you are near Harting Down take a little visit or stop off, I don’t think your be disappointed!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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    • I think you might be surprised, we are on holiday and we have used it at NT car parks too. Along with visiting places to walk around, and what is nice is that it doesn’t matter how long you stay for. Even if it is an hour to stretch your legs.

  1. Harting Down looks stunning-such an awesome picnic spot! I love your photos of the butterflies and that amazing bird. I thought I was ok at identifying birds but have no idea what that one is. It looks quite big maybe some sort of ornamental pheasant?! Anyway, loved reading your post and I’m off to google bird species 🙂

  2. It looks wonderful, so much open space and amazing views! I love all the wildlife you captured too (photos I mean, you clearly didn’t catch the bird!). Anyway, after a quick google I think it may have been a Yellowhammer, at least that’s the closest I could find picture wise. It would be interesting to go back and watch the wildlife at different times of the year, watch how it changes over the seasons. Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

  3. That place is amazing! I love the photos! Your girls look like they were having a nice quiet time!

  4. What a beautiful place for a picnic! It looks so quiet and peaceful. So lovely to be able to see so much wildlife too – love all those butterflies, and that bird is stunning! #WhatevertheWeather

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