Last Sunday, 17 June, was a perfect day to visit Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property north-west of Aylesbury in Bucks, but we were not alone, and like most other visitors we arrived by car.
Unfortunately the estate has not been able to make proper provision for parking, all car parks were full and cars were strung out on both sides of the long drive. If you arrive late, you have a long walk in. The walk is fine, but it is along the drive between parked cars, with exiting cars coming along behind you, which makes it an unpleasant experience and not a good start to your visit.
Worse, the parked cars spoil the sweeping view down from the gardens, across a wildflower meadow bordered by lovely trees.
The Waddesdon website offers other means of transport but they involve a taxi from the railway station, a two-mile walk from the bus up the drive or a bike ride along the busy A41. It would be wonderful if the National Trust could organise a park-and-ride scheme, or even a shuttle-bus from a nearby suitable car park, so that the estate was kept car free.