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Step into the past...
An historical trail around
Hartsholme Country Park...
In pictures...
The Visitor Centre...Your start and finishing point.
 In the centre you can buy bags of water fowl food...
You will wish you had when you arrive at stopping point seven "White Bridge". 
 
All Images © Barry Short  HCPAG
 
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Facing the centre turn right and start walking towards the lawn area...
 The Visitor Centre... Your start point, facing the centre turn right and start walking towards the lawn area...
 
 : Follow the path on the right of the dog free area...
Follow the path on the right of the dog free area...
You have reached stopping point one...
The ivy covered wall on your right was once the wall to a kitchen garden, filled with vegetables and fruit trees. Nearby there were large glasshouses including two tomato houses, vineries and an orchid house.
You have reached stopping point one...
 : Continue walking to the information board...
Continue walking to the information board...
You are now at stopping point two... The Site of Hartsholme Hall!
Here is the history of Hartsholme Hall from it's build in 1862 to it's end in 1951.
It had stood for less than 100 years.
You are now at stopping point two... The Site of Hartsholme Hall!
 : Continue wallking towards the balustrade and head for the right hand steps...
Continue wallking towards the balustrade and head for the right hand steps...
Go down the steps...
 : Go down the steps...
 : ...and turn right into the woods...
...and turn right into the woods...
Follow the trail through the woods...
 : Follow the trail through the woods...
 : ...You will enter a clearing and you have reached stopping point three...
...You will enter a clearing and you have reached stopping point three...
...On your right you will find a towering
" Wellingtonia" ( The Giant Redwood) with it's distinctive thick,fibrous,red-brown bark.
The gardens surrounding Hartsholme Hall were designed by Edward Milner and included tree species from around the world...
 ...On your right you will find a towering
 " Wellingtonia" ( The Giant Redwood) with it's distinctive thick,fibrous,red-brown bark.
To the left of the Wellingtonia stands a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon...
To the left of the Wellingtonia stands a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon...
The Cedar of Lebanon...
This can be identified by its large, spreading branches...
The Cedar of Lebanon...
The Ceder of Lebanon stands proud on the "Lebanon National Flag"...
The Ceder of Lebanon stands proud on the "Lebanon National Flag"...
Carry on through the woods...
 : Carry on through the woods...
 : With the lake on your left...
With the lake on your left...
Turn right at the junction...
 : Turn right at the junction...
 : Walk a short distance observing the right hand side...
Walk a short distance observing the right hand side...
...looking for a lower level pet cemetary...
 : ...looking for a lower level pet cemetary...
The Pet Cemetary stopping point four...
The Pet Cemetary stopping point four...
...two small gravestones with the names of "Jack" and "Fritz". These are two of the dogs that accompanied Joseph Shuttleworth on his walks around his estate.
The gravestones of "Hector and "Pompeii" can be seen in the Visitor Centre.
 : The gravestones of "Hector and "Pompeii" can be seen in the Visitor Centre.
Jack...
Jack...
Fritz
Fritz
 : Now climb back onto the track and turn left...
Now climb back onto the track and turn left...
...walk on towards the junction...
 : ...walk on towards the junction...
 : ...at the junction veer right and walk on to the dam wall...
...at the junction veer right and walk on to the dam wall...
"The Dam Wall" stopping point five.
"The Dam Wall" stopping point five.
Hartsholme Lake...
Hartsholme Lake...
is artificial. It was excavated in 1848 by the Lincoln Waterworks Company and supplied the growing city of Lincoln with water. It was estimated to hold 23million gallons of water....
Enjoy the views from the wall...
The lake was used as a water supply until 1911 when the Elkesley Bore Holes were engineered. An outbreak of typhoid early last century (when 243 people died) was incorrectly blamed on the lake but to keep people happy, an alternative had to be found.
Enjoy the views from the wall...
 : ...Walk the length of the dam wall and follow the path around the lake...
...Walk the length of the dam wall and follow the path around the lake...
...new heritage fence...
 : ...new heritage fence...
 : ...pass the old monument...
...pass the old monument...
...veer left around the lake...
 : ...veer left around the lake...
 : ...walk on until reaching the monument on your left...
...walk on until reaching the monument on your left...
"The Monument" stopping point six...
...was re-erected by Colonel Thomas Harding in 1902...
"The Monument" stopping point six...
 : ... then the resident of Hartsholme Hall...
... then the resident of Hartsholme Hall...
...It was Colonel Harding who had electricity installed in the Hall. The monument was originally erected to commemorate the founding of the Lincoln Waterworks Company...
 : ...It was Colonel Harding who had electricity installed in the Hall. The monument was originally erected to commemorate the founding of the Lincoln Waterworks Company...
 : ...Continue round the lake. The Rhodedendrons can be seen in their full glory in May and June...
...Continue round the lake. The Rhodedendrons can be seen in their full glory in May and June...
...carry on around the lake and enjoy some outstanding scenes...
 : ...carry on around the lake and enjoy some outstanding scenes...
 : ...follow the track around the lake...
...follow the track around the lake...
...veer left at Shearwater...
 : ...veer left at Shearwater...
 : ...carry on keeping the lake to your left...
...carry on keeping the lake to your left...
...keep going you are not far from White Bridge...
 : ...keep going you are not far from White Bridge...
 : ...enjoy the everchanging scenes of the lake...
...enjoy the everchanging scenes of the lake...
...stunning scene showing the lake...
 : ...stunning scene showing the lake...
 : ...and another...
...and another...
...the Boathouse through the trees...
 : ...the Boathouse through the trees...
 : ...carry on around the lake...
...carry on around the lake...
...Fallen Trees...
...fallen trees make a natural perch for the lakes water fowl to rest and roost...
...Fallen Trees...
 : ...Mallards basking in the sun...
...Mallards basking in the sun...
... only a few yards to go to the bridge...
 : ... only a few yards to go to the bridge...
 : ...more water fowl basking in the sun...
...more water fowl basking in the sun...
...very content and happy birds...
 : ...very content and happy birds...
..."White Bridge"...
..."White Bridge"...
You have reached stopping point seven...Walk to the centre of the bridge...
...From the bridge are excellent views of the lake and Willow Walk.
Willow Walk extends down the long, thin section of the lake. Along the banks are pollarded willows. Pollarding is a traditional form of management which prolongs the life of the tree....
 : ...From the bridge are excellent views of the lake and Willow Walk.
Willow Walk extends down the long, thin section of the lake. Along the banks are pollarded willows. Pollarding is a traditional form of management which prolongs the life of the tree....
 : ...stunning views of the lake...
...stunning views of the lake...
...this is the time to offload your water fowl bird food if you purchased any from the Visitor Centre before leaving...
 : ...this is the time to offload your water fowl bird food if you purchased any from the Visitor Centre before leaving...
 : ...after crossing the bridge carry on to the Boathouse...
...after crossing the bridge carry on to the Boathouse...
...Stopping point eight,"The Boathouse"
The Boathouse was built in 1881...
...Stopping point eight,"The Boathouse"
 : ...From here punts were taken out onto the lake...
...From here punts were taken out onto the lake...
..."The Shuttelworth Family Crest"
...you can see the crest above the gates between the apex of the roof.
It is a Gauntlet grasping a Shuttle...
..."The Shuttelworth Family Crest"
...Crescent Pond...
...Crescent Pond...
...across from the Boathouse is Crescent Pond part of Edward Milner's landscaping...
...You can still see some of the original planting...Bamboo growing amongst the brambles...
...It is possible to see from here that the water level of the pond is lower than the water level of the lake. Water from the pond actually flows under the lake and re-emerges on the other side of Skellingthorpe Road...
...You can still see some of the original planting...Bamboo growing amongst the brambles...
...A  Magnificent "Black Pine"
...A Magnificent "Black Pine"
To the right of the Boathouse you will see this stunning tree planted in the 1860s as part of the landscaping of Hartsholme Estate by Edward Milner...
"40 Special Trees OF Lincolnshire"... This book can be purchased from the Visitor Centre...
...This tree is featured in the book...40 Special Trees Of Lincolnshire...
A celebration of 40 years of the Lincolnshire Tree Awareness Group
"40 Special Trees OF Lincolnshire"... This book can be purchased from the Visitor Centre...
...Carry on walking along the track...
...Carry on walking along the track...
...keeping the lake on your left...
From the lake bank you will see...
One of the most popular scenes of the park... The Boat House and White Bridge...
From the lake bank you will see...
...walk on along the track...
...walk on along the track...
You are approaching a right turn to stopping point nine...
...take your first right turn and walk on into a circle of Irish yew trees...
You are approaching a right turn to stopping point nine...
...The trees were part of the formal gardens...
...The trees were part of the formal gardens...
and there was once a fountain in the centre of the circle...
...When it's quite, the geese leave the lake and like to graze here...
...When it's quite, the geese leave the lake and  like to graze here...
...On the right is an open, grassy a area...
...On the right is an open, grassy a area...
...In the late 1800's this area was a tennis court...
 : ...In the late 1800's this area was a tennis court...
...carry on walking towards the steps leading to the lawn...
...carry on walking towards the steps leading to the lawn...
...and just before reaching the steps turn right and walk into the shady promenade known as Lady's Walk...
...Stopping point ten "Lady's Walk"...
This area of the park is often visited by children to feed the Birds and Grey Squirrels...
Parents! Please be aware that Squirrels are wild animals and can render a nasty bite... please ensure the children throw the nuts to them,a much safer way than hand feeding them...
...Stopping point ten "Lady's Walk"...
The Birds and Squirrels will pose for some great pictures, providing they are supplied with food....
The Birds and Squirrels will pose for some great pictures, providing they are supplied with food....
...Interesting little creature...
...With teeth that can crack "nuts"...
...Interesting little creature...
...Walk on...
...Walk on...
... on the hottest days of summer,Lady's Walk is very welcome with it's dense shade...
...Watch out for this interesting fungi display on your left...
...Watch out for this interesting fungi display on your left...
...A closer look...
...A closer look...
...Carry on and climb up the remains of steps from the 1800's
...Carry on and climb up the remains of steps from the 1800's
...Walk over the brow of the hill...
...Walk over the brow of the hill...
...you will see a new track ...
...Turn left at the track and carry on...
...to "The "Visitor Centre"...
...Turn left at the track and carry on...
...Walk on to return to the
"Visitor Centre" 
with the camp site on your right...
...Walk on to return to the
"Visitor Centre"
with the camp site on your right...
...In 1974,Hartsholme Park was designated a Country Park...
...Four years later, with aid from the Countryside Commission, the stable block was renovated and converted into an information centre...
...In 1974,Hartsholme Park was designated a Country Park...
...The Stable Block, now 
Visitor Centre, is your next left turn...
...The Stable Block, now
Visitor Centre, is your next left turn...
...and is full of displays and information about the history and wildlife of
Hartsholme Country Park and
Swanholme Lakes Local Nature Reserve...
...A full time Ranger Service...
...is based in the Visitor Centre...
You have completed the
"Historical Walk"
from your computer chair...
NOW DO IT LIVE!...
...A full time Ranger Service...