When we arrived, we were given a key to a door. The key, we were told, is the magic key to the wooden door in the old stone wall.
While it may not have been magic, the key did provide a way through to the grounds of a majestic stately home which is set in the rolling Derbyshire countryside.
Given that this magnificent house is in Derbyshire, it was slightly odd to learn that the house is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Yes, this is the popular visitor attraction Chatsworth House.
Having got through the the wooden door in the stone wall, one of the things that really struck me about the estate grounds is the vast array of perfect trees and the feeling of space.
This is land ownership on a grand scale. The local villages for miles around are also part of the estate, having been established to house the workers. These are not dull houses like the terraces that were established for mill workers in the northern towns. These are chocolate box, pretty places that seem oh so idyllic on a sunny day.
In my next blog post, I’ll feature a few more pictures from Chatsworth but this time focussing on the gardens.
For the photographers out there, these shots were all taken with the Fuji X-T1 and either the 10-24mm or 50-140mm lenses.