Prior Park National Trust…


Belonging to the National Trust on the outskirts of Bath lies the beautiful green space of Prior Park. Prior Park is quintessentially English with hidden follies, wild garlic covered woodlands and grand buildings.  This gorgeous estate occupies a hidden valley with incredible views leading down into the centre of the City.
Armed with a packed lunch and a magnifying glass we embarked on a Spring discovery. We tramped through the wooded hills, stealing glimpses of the bridge and lake below.  Stopping to discover Ants, Bumble Bees and daffodils.
At the lake we made boats from waxy leaves and sticks, launching them from the lake side only to see huge  curious Carp submerge them in an instant.. annoying!
Lakeside you can find the best placed cafe ever.  A small hut selling the usual tea, coffee and cake, with a small children’s den area to the side.  But more importantly a chimnea with a roaring fire to warm your bones as you soaked in the atmosphere.  Sitting there supping my tea I realised that the only sound around me was bird song and children having an adventure. Perfect.

Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed.  A UK lifestyle & travel blog

Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.

  • Gorgeous photos, Lou. We visited a National Trust place, Brimham Rocks, in the Yorkshire Dales over the weekend. I love the National Trust!

  • Wow, that view is amazing! Love follies so much, I kind of want one of my own, on a much much much smaller scale of course!

  • we went on Saturday with the National Trust Free weekend thing – it’s somewhere I’ve wanted to visit since moving to Bristol. It did not disappoint. It is lovely and the sun shone. I took a photo of the very same graffiti. We took a picnic, I won’t next time the soup and bread in the cafe looked and smelt great. I was especially taken with the look of the beetroot bread.

  • Such a beautiful place. On my list of places to go this year! Thanks for sharing. Chel x

  • What a spectacular location, I’m adding it to the list of places I’d love to go … one day.

  • Gorgeous pictures Lou … I love the National Trust … great days out … Bee xx

  • It’s such a beautiful spot, I have very fond memories of visits here when I lived a little closer to Bath. It really is unspoilt and so quiet.

  • im up for any adventure that ends with tea and a fire….I love that first shot…magic. x

  • Wow, this Estate looks wonderful. So very perfectly English. What a fantastic way to spend the day. x

  • I thought that looked familiar … I used to live not so far from there.

    Great pics Lou :)

  • what beautiful photographs Lou to illustrate your visit. it almost looks like you had it all to yourselves. and it really does look special…i love that first sweeping shot down to the water. over here in the east it is as flat as can be :) which has it’s own charm too.

    we are thinking of heading off to one of the National Trust properties nearby this weekend. lots of them are free to visit this Sat & Sun if any of your readers pop over to the website there is a voucher to print off. xx

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