A lovely spring walk at The Kitchen!
Farnborough Hall and the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust. The National Trust have developed a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement with Natural England. By embarking on a Parkland conservation and restoration programme, it’s hoped that the Parkland views will be restored back to their original 18th-century design. As well as improving the vista, they have invested a lot of time and money in re-developing the footpaths around the lake, so you could now take a robust buggy round and gone are the boggy pathways that resulted in super muddy walks, particularly in the winter months.
Since Anthony and I moved to the area 15 years ago, Farnborough lake walk has always been our absolute favourite and since Lola (our naughty cocker spaniel) joined the family 7 years ago – it is now her favourite walk and she loves swimming there in the warmer months.
Charlie and Emily always did pond dipping and fed the ducks here when they were little. But as they have grown older appreciate the den building opportunities, seeing the herons, grass snakes and on a lucky day a flash of beautiful cobalt blue of the kingfisher.
At this time of year we love seeing the Canada Geese with their delightful goslings and cannot wait for the ducklings to hatch, which won’t be long now I am sure. And at the moment there is an abundance of wild edible flowers and herbs popping up that the team are foraging for chefs to use in The Kitchen.
So if you are coming to The Kitchen, do take the opportunity to have a short walk or longer walk around the lake and see what our delightful village has to offer. There is plenty of parking and The Kitchen team will point you in the right direction.