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The Forest Of Bere, Rainy Spring Day

A photograph of the Forest of Bere, bluebells all over the ground

On a dreary day in May, having decided to get lunch to go, we chose to drive for longer than usual to find somewhere new to sit. On a road we’d never been on, a ‘what’s that?’ moment happened; we turned down the tiny lane and found the Forest of Bere. It’s a relatively small area of land just north of Fareham and on that day there were bluebells as far as the eye could see.

A photograph of the Forest of Bere, a path leading to an old railway bridge

A couple of bridges define the place where a railway line once skirted the edge of what is now a road. There are a couple of entrances, that we could find, and the ‘main’ one is set up for picnics and short walks, parking and benches aplenty. Some sites call it ‘the former forest of Bere’ – it is essentially, now, at least, a patch of forest in an otherwise rural but populated place – there is a country park and myriad villages nearby.

A photograph of the Forest of Bere's picnic area

A photograph of the Forest of Bere, a path surrounded by bluebells

A photograph of the Forest of Bere, an old railway bridge, graffiti on the underside of it

 
The Vyne, Autumn

The Vyne

When I last wrote about The Vyne I focused on the interior as it was cold and we didn’t get many photographs. Looking through them again, however, I realised the weather didn’t look so bad…

The Vyne

The Vyne

The Vyne

The Vyne

Do you have any recommendations for places to visit in autumn?

 
Salisbury Cathedral, Restoration

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral was undergoing restorative work when we visited, but the beautiful day made up for it when it came to taking photographs (this was the same day we visited Mompesson House. It’s a lovely cathedral in itself, but something we were surprised to discover was that it holds a copy of the Magna Carta, making it even more ripe for the budding historian or tourist. Of course I couldn’t take pictures of the document, and the cathedral interior was off limits, but exterior made up for it.

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Have you any building/museum visits planned for the lighter days ahead?

 
Knightshayes Gardens

Knightshayes

You aren’t allowed to take photographs in the house at Knightshayes and cannot see much of it, so I recommend you take this into consideration before deciding to make a day of it. This said, what you can see of the house is magnificent, and not dissimilar to Cardiff Castle. Due to the weather I used a filter on my camera a few times in order that my photos be more reflective of how the place truly looks; the gardens are wonderful.

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Knightshayes

Have you been to any gardens recently?

 
Compton Castle Gardens, Overcast Day

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle (a fortified manor house) is what I’d term a semi National Trust property. It is only open a few days a week as it is still in use as a family home; for this reason you cannot take photographs of the interior. It is a lovely place to visit, as I hope these photographs of the garden will show, and the few rooms that are open are nice enough. Given the small amount to see, it doesn’t take long at all, so there is plenty of time to fit another outing into your day.

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

Compton Castle and gardens

There’s a holiday rental property in the corner, just behind where I was standing to take that last photograph. It’s in a tower and looks perfect.

Where did you go on your most recent day out?

 

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