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Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

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Formerly home to the Dukes of Newcastle, Clumber Park us now the property of the National Trust and is situated in the Worksop-Ollerton area of Nottinghamshire.

With 3,800 acres of woodlands, farms and a vast array of wildlife, there is
no wonder it attracts over 750,000 visitors each year.

Part of Nottinghamshire's famed Dukeries, the park once contained a house which was home to the Dukes of Newcastle, and although the house was demolished in 1938, there are still many fascinating aspects of the park remaining.

What to photograph
Among the most popular features to be photographed are the Clumber Chapel - a miniature Gothic cathedral which can be photographed from both inside and outside, Clumber Bridge and and of course a beautiful
lake that has existed since 1774. There is also a clock tower in the stable yard, a bandstand on the adjacent side of the lake, as well as the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe planted by the 5th Duke of Newcastle in the 19th century.

Aside from the architectural features of Clumber there is the obvious scope for photographing the various plants and wildlife that Clumber Park attracts. One of the largest areas of mixed habitat on Nottinghamshire, at Clumber you will find, various types of birds, ducks and geese depending on the time of year, hedgehogs, bats, squirrels and spiders. There are also a diverse mixture of trees – mainly Oaks, Limes, Ash, Beech Chestnut and Silver Birch
with an admixture of other tree species, fungi, bramble, bracken, and honeysuckle.

How to get there
Situated between Worksop and Ollerton, Clumber park is approximately one mile from the A57 and can be easily found by tourist signs once in the area. There is a vehicle entry charge of £4.50 per vehicle, unless you are a member of the National Trust, in which case it is free, but you can always park further up the road if you don't mind the walk. Parking is available throughout the park less than 200 yards from visitor facilities where there are also also shops, the infamous walled kitchen (a licensed restaurant) if you fancy a break.

When to visit
While there is great opportunity for photography all year round, the best time to visit is probably around August when all the rhododendrons are in full bloom and the park is at its most colourful and best.

Opening Times
During April to Sept last vehicle admission is at 7pm and the park closes 9pm, while from October to May the last vehicle admission is a slightly earlier time of 5pm, with the park closing 7pm.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire Images

The chapel is one of the most photographed scenes in Clumber Park. Try alternative exposures, such as a silhouette in the early evening...and make the most of the surround trees to frame the fabulous Gothic building.
The stable yard recently been refurbished and has an interesting clock tower that could be photographed close up using a long telephoto lens.
September/October is a rewarding time to visit the park for a wide variety of fungi including Fly Agaric. Ironically many great species that were in abundance under the huge canopies of rhododendrons have disappeared since the conservationists decided to chop back the shrubs to encourage growth from
The famous Clumber Bridge gives scope for shooting patterns. Shoot from a low angle and ideally in sunlight so you get good contrast and detail.
The lakes to the south of the park has many dead trees rising out of the water, giving a sense of some African wilderness.
The lakes are habitat for a range of wildfowl including the majestic swan. Being fed daily by the huge number of visitors it's not surprising the birds are very tame.

Comments

Canonshots
25 Oct 2010 - 12:53 PM

This is easily my favourite photographic location. My wife and I visit Clumber frequently, and it never fails to delight both of us.

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