Situated just outside Ashby de la Zouch, Staunton Harold estate offers great walking opportunities along with a chance to relax afterwards. For several hundred years the estate was home to the Earls Ferrers, a family with an interesting, if somewhat chequered, history. In the 1950's it became a Leonard Cheshire Home and later a Sue Ryder Hospice. When the Hospice closed in 2002 the estate was bought by the Blunt family and it remains in their ownership now.
The Ferrers Centre, which is situated within the courtyard of the old stables, is home to a large number of craft studios which house everything from a blacksmith through to ceramics and art. The courtyard itself is a real sun trap on a fine day and a great place to sit out and enjoy a drink or meal. On the opposite side of the drive is Staunton Harold Garden Centre while a stroll down towards the lake will take you to Staunton Harold Church, a seventeenth century chapel which is cared for by the National Trust.
The 3 walks in this section of the book each travel through quite different areas. Walk them all and you will explore a wonderful nature reserve that comes alive with wild snowdrops early in the year, see one of the 6 National Forest noon columns and also travel through stunning mature woodland to discover 13 stiles each carved with words which form 2 quotations - one on the outgoing journey and a different one on the way back.