We used to be fairly regular visitors to Whitworth Hall Country Park, near Spennymoor in County Durham, since I went there for a conference with work about eight years ago. Big Sister Foote is a massive fan of deer (thanks to some movie or other, Bambi, maybe?) and she has loved the place since then. However, this was our first visit without her, and our first with James.
The Country Park was off limits when we visited this week; it’s rutting season, and the deer need their space. I imagine the stags wouldn’t be all that friendly if you went too close right now!
There’s a café here, but it might only be open on weekends or perhaps only in summer, as it was closed when we visited, and we had to park next to the hotel. That wasn’t really a hardship because look at the beautiful car park!
We could only stay on the path today, not go in the field, so we couldn’t go and look at the statue of Bobby Shaftoe up on his column.
To be honest I’m not sure James would’ve been thrilled with it all that much anyway! You can just see it in this photo behind the deer.
The deer came trotting over the moment we arrived with our bags of pellets. James had no problems keeping his hands flat and giving them their food. He absolutely loved it, and was chatting to the deer, telling them, “That’s my Daddy, deer, and that’s my Noah, and I’m James”.
After we’d used up all our bags of deer pellets, we went for a walk around the grounds next to the hotel. There’s a church, which you can often visit, and a lovely water wheel, though I think, judging by the water level, it’s been a while since it has turned!
Time for a quick selfie!
And then a wander back to the car and home for lunch!
It’s such a beautiful setting, and a lovely experience to feed the deer at Whitworth Hall Country Park. We have visited here in all seasons, and I can really recommend going when there’s snow on the ground, but Autumn is fabulous.