Autumn days at Lytes Cary Manor
Autumn is a season of riches and plenty at Lytes Cary. Pull on your boots and let’s get out to explore.
The garden is just as beautiful as ever, as autumn’s purples, reds and oranges take hold. The West Terrace and garden in particular are planted with year-round colour in mind, so if you think your own garden is a bit dull after summer’s glories, come and be inspired.
You might see one of our gardeners hedge-cutting – there are two and a half miles of hedge in this garden, which has to be cut regularly to keep it in trim.
Seed heads attract insects and birds and the orchards with their ripening fruit showcase the glories of the season. Take advantage of the last lingering days – it might even be warm enough to pause awhile in the newly planted cherry orchard. Is it really too late for a picnic? Maybe not; you can always head over to the café and takeaway a warming cuppa afterwards.
But don’t forget the wider estate at Lytes, which is home to plethora of wildlife; you’ll need to be alert to catch the flash of kingfisher’s wings or quiet to marvel at the stillness of a heron fishing.
You might spot the ranger team cutting back foliage around some of the ponds on the estate; summer’s growth has done its work providing habitats for Great Crested Newts and dragon and damselflies. And it looks like a good year for blackberries and sloes, so don’t forget to pick up some paper bags from reception for a spot of foraging.
Off on an adventure
If you venture off the beaten track and into the woodland, you might discover the Lytes Cary Explorers’ Trail. For any adventurers working through the National Trust’s '50 things' list, you’ll be able to tick off quite a few.
As well as the Explorers’ Trail, there are two other wayward marked walks on the estate that little legs could manage, as they are all between a mile and a mile and a half.
If you want to download a PDF of the whole '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list, then here it is.