Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Dunham Massey

Ah bliss! Lovely and hot with bright clear blue skies and I'm in the best place to savour it - Dunham Massey.

With it's 250 acre deer park home to Fallow Deer (think Bambi) and the stunning Georgian Mansion, Watermill with giant working water wheel, tea rooms in the converted barn and multitude of blissful areas, Dunham is simply breathtaking in this glorious sunshine!
Wandering around between the trees (not all the forested area is accessible) in one section there are wood sculptures created from the fallen trees - this fellow being one of them. The guy who does these is amazing as he uses a chainsaw to create them - one false move and the sculpture is ruined!
Over by the lake where this beautiful, elegant swan was happily munching on the bread being lobbed at it by a little tot, I was asked by a guy if I knew of any fish being in the lake. When I responded that I'd not really been up close to the lake before he pointed out what initially looked like a deflated orange football. It turned out to be a rather large bright orange Koi Carp (he was approx 2-3ft long)!

After a huge sarnie had been snaffled in the new plantation I spotted 4 bucks lazing around by a huge fallen tree and decided to creep over for a closer look. They were so chilled out that I was able to get so close that the only thing between me and the deer was the fallen tree. I got some beautiful shots of one of them as he played with a little branch that was tickling his head.

Before I knew it, 5 hours had passed and it was time to head home.

See LiveSearch Aerial View of this location.


  1. Hello Lost
    I think this is where we used to "go away" to camp with the Cub Scouts when I was a kid. Dunham Park right next to the Manor. It was back in the 60's when I was 8 or 9 yrs old. It seemed like we drove all day to get there in the charabang singing silly cub Scout songs. Years later I passed the place when I was driving to a jobsite and was amazed at how near it actually was to Oldham. As a kid everything is much further away in your impatient mind than it is in reality.
    I was with the 90th Oldham Cub Scouts , out of Honeywell Lane Methodist Church....I wonder if all that is still there?

    All the best to you, keep cycling.

  2. Dunham Massey is still quite a way from Oldham - it's about 17 miles from my place in Droylsden one way. I guess it is still closer than a kids mind would think though.

    Your old scout movement no longer exists I'm afraid - had a search and can't find the 90th scouts. A lot of them have merged with others nowadays; I know my girl guide movement has gone completely!

  3. Thankyou for looking into that LOST, what a nice gal you are!