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Cirencester Park, Cotswolds
Cirencester Park is at the heart of the historic town, known as the Capital of The Cotswolds. While the town is known for its charming classic Cotswold architecture and history, the park is a perfect setting for a Cotswold winter walk.
Although there is free public access to the park, it is actually owned by the 9th Earl and Countess Bathurst. Their Grade II listed country house with Grade I listed gardens lies on the same site as Cirencester Park. The Manor and Park were granted to Lord Seymour (brother of Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife) after the dissolution of Cirencester Abbey. Although the Abbey is no longer standing, you can pop into the Parish Church on the same site on a Cirencester visit). Cirencester Park changed hands several times before being sold to Sir Benjamin Bathurst in 1695. Ever since it has remained in the Bathurst family.
Today, the park is open daily from 8 am until 5 pm. Dogs, and even horses, are welcome though cycling and drones are not (without special permission). Dog owners must be considerate to other users of the park though. It is also a good idea to follow the Countryside Code while visiting Cirencester Park.
This is a picture I took on Ilford HP5 35 mm film during the Beast from the East earlier in the year. It’s not looking hopeful for a White Christmas, even though the park is a fantastic venue for a Boxing Day walk.
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