10 July 2016

Sunday Walkies

I'm a firm believer that Sunday's were made for doing whatever your heart desires. My boyfriend Garrad and I love making the most of the nicer weather so we have started heading out early (ish) on a Sunday morning for a walk with our Westie, Oscar. I feel like it does us the world of good after sitting in our offices all week, plus Oscar loves it more than life itself I think!

This past Sunday we headed out to Margam Country Park which is located close to Port Talbot in South Wales. Entry to the grounds is free although there is a small charge for parking. 

Margam Park was once owned by the Mansel Talbot family and is now owned and administered by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. There are three notable buildings within the park, Margam Abbey, a Cistercian monastery; Margam Castle, a neo-Gothic country house that was once the seat of the Mansel Talbot family; and an18th-century Orangery.

We arrived at about 11 and there was only a few other cars in the car park. The weather was gorgeous and I was looking forward to soaking up a bit of Vitamin D. We decided to walk anti-clockwise around the estate and head up to the small animal farm. Along the way we found loads of hand-crafted instruments made out of wood and piping. We had loads of fun with these as adults so these would definitely be a fab distraction if you had younger children too.

It's about a half mile walk from the car park up to the small animal farm, the ground would be suitable for prams or wheelchairs and Oscar was in heaven in all the open space. I think we wore him out within the first half an hour to be honest!

Dogs are allowed within the farm as long as they're kept on a lead. Oscar had never experienced so many different animals before and so he found it fascinating.

I fell in love with the cream Silky Chickens, they were absolutely adorable. If we had a bigger garden I'd love to keep a few chickens for fresh eggs.

Oscar was having a great time trying to make friends... I think he was more interested than they were to be honest though.

There's also a small 'steam' train that circulates around the park. Kids would absolutely love this and it ran every 15 minutes throughout the day. Unfortunately Oscar wasn't allowed on so we gave this one a miss this time round.

Family Photo op... Say cheese :D

I genuinely thought this was a real cow from afar which Garrad found hilarious.
(This is by far my favourite photo of the day.)

As we headed out of the farm we carried on up towards the lake and the main house, before dropping down into the Orangery. The Orangery and surrounding grounds were absolutely stunning and would make for a breath-taking summer wedding location.

The old monastery ruins are situated nearby and were gorgeous in the sunshine. I bet they could be proper spooky in the dark though!

We had an absolutely fabulous time around Margam Country Park and we will be definitely be returning soon. This would make a fantastic day out for younger children too. As it's free to enter it makes for an affordable day out for the whole family, which is always a good thing.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend, please leave me a comment with your Sunday recommendations, we love discovering new places to explore... xoxo

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