From Highland castles to Anne Boleyn’s home, take a late summer dip in the lakes and rivers at these historic estates

With many of the UK’s finest stately homes and country houses still closed to visitors, or with limited capacity for shorter, small group tours only, it makes sense to try to get more out of a visit, adding extra elements to turn a trip into a lovely long day out, be that with a hike or cycle ride, or picnic in the grounds.

At an increasing number of historic estates, you can even throw an outdoor swim into the mix, and practise your most regal doggy paddle while looking up at a grand ancient seat or crumbling castle.

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