Head out on a trail
With three waymarked trails to choose between, there’s something to help everyone get out into the countryside. Can you find your way to the edge of the estate, where the Roman Fosse Way would once have been the main route between Lincoln and Exeter?
We could all do with some much needed fresh air and a spot of exploring. Lytes Cary Manor’s wider estate has a rich historical and agricultural heritage: there are old orchards, ponds, woods and grasslands, all providing important habitats for wildlife.
The White Walk
The White Walk takes you into woodland that is a valuable environment for birds (the field name, Ravens Nest, suggests there were once trees of a height that would attract ravens). You might see chiffchaff, bullfinch and nuthatch feeding on fruit from the old orchard.
The Estate Walk
Branching off is the Estate Walk, waymarked in red, which takes you along an ancient route, Ridgway Lane. You can head back past the Dovecote (built in the 1930s but inspired by the 18th century dovecote at Avebury Manor), or extend your walk round open fields (look out for redwings and fieldfares, both seasonal visitors to the UK) before skirting back past the community allotments.
The River Walk
The River Walk, marked in yellow, loops round open fields. Look out for the field margins, which are left uncut or cut late in the year, providing late nectar sources for bees as well as overwintering habitat. Continue along the river bank, deliberately left undisturbed and undredged to provide reeds and rushes for water voles.