After looking round the walled gardens at Croft Castle last Wednesday we decided to follow the 1.5 mile ancient tree trail.
After walking a short way down the drive the path goes through the meadow behind the castle down to a pool.
There were loads of these toadstools in the grassland.
As you leave the pool you enter a Sweet Chestnut Avenue with many old and gnarled trees.
Above an avenue of more recently planted trees.
The next few photos aren't brilliant as the sun was strong and bleaching out the photos while creating strange shadows.
Apologies if the spacing is a bit weird - this new blogger is nowhere near as user friendly as the legacy blogger. Not sure how to delete lines and have now wish to delete something I don't want to!
We then came to the Spanish Chestnut Avenue which was the original formal approach to the castle. There is a story that sweet chestnuts were taken from captured Spanish vessels and planted here between 1580 and 1680 to represent the formal battle plan of the ships at the Spanish Armada.
The next part of the walk goes past some beautiful stunted old hawthorns planted as though they are within an orchard. One explanation is that they were the rootstock plants for a medlar tree orchard and when the medlars died the hawthorn rootstock took over.
Oops photo has gone in wrong place - will upload again and see if I can delete the other one