Sizergh One fitsall
Staff and volunteers give an insider’s view of what makes Sizergh Castle special
Family homes don’t get much more impressive than Sizergh Castle and that may go some way to explaining why the Strickland family have lived there for more than 800 years.
The medieval house, which stands a few miles south of Kendal on the A591, was based on an impressive 14th century pele tower. It contains some of
the finest Elizabethan carved overmantels in the country as well as a collection of English and French furniture and family portraits.
The house and its 648 hectare estate were gifted to the National Trust in 1950 the family now share it with more than 200,000 visitors each year.
There are now about 80 staff and 230 volunteers at the house and Sam Sharples, a ranger who has been with the conservation charity for eight years says: ‘Sizergh has lots of wonderful walks, especially for families, where you can get up high without climbing a mountain – and that’s unusual for the Lake District.
‘You can join a volunteer led walk or set off and explore. A one and half mile walk to Helsington