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     England   Tour in the south of England 

Take also a look at holidays 2009:  England, Wales tour

In 2007 in July, we have made a tour in England. We always stayed two days at an hotel.
The route was: _ Salisbury (Wiltshire)  - Sherborne (Dorset) - Tavistock (Devon) - Tintagel (Cornwall) - Bath (Somerset)

We had National trust pass. It costs a lot, but than you have free entry to many beautiful places. And England is not cheap.

I will describe a number of beautiful areas  and gardens.

 
Stonehenge Stonehenge, barrows
Near Salisbury lies Stonehenge. We have already visited it 15 years ago. It was still fascinating to see this ancient  monument (3250 and 1500 v. Chr ) in this grand landscape.
You also can walk through the meadows to the many  barrows (burial mounds were built in the early Bronze Age) There is not much to see, but the sight is beautiful and there are growing many plants near the barrows (for the lover of nature).
There are several stone circles in Great Britain. But this is the best known. It is amazing that the stones have been  transported over a large distance.
There is also a
relationship between Stonehenge and the sun.
The midsummer's morning the sun rises directly over the Heel Stone and the first rays shone into the centre of the monument between the open arms of the horseshoe arrangement. The midsummer sun always rises exactly opposite the setting of the midwinter sun. (
Trilithons, the pairs of standing stones that form a horseshoe shape in the centre of the Sarsen circle)
Then the weather changed and we got a beautiful sky for the photos, 

  

   
Tintinhull Garden Tintinhull Garden
Tintinhull Garden  Tintinhull Garden  Tintinhull Garden From Sherborne we have driven first  to the Montacute House. There’s a nice park surrounding the house, where we have walked. Near Moutacute House lies Tintinhull garden.  For both we had a free visit. 
The formal garden is laid out into areas separated by walls and hedges. The borders are very beautiful. The kitchen garden we did not find very attractive. Information:  

   

New Sherborne Castle , Old Castle New Sherborne Castle
At Sherborne lies the New Sherborne Castle and  also the old castle (ruïne), which is already visible  from the entrance of the park. You can walk around the lake. The garden with flowers is  not so large. There was held a wedding reception in the orangery.   New Sherborne Castle   New Sherborne Castle

 

Dartmoor National Park.   Dartmoor National Park.   Dartmoor National Park.   Dartmoor National Park. 
After Sherborne we went direction Tavistock. We have driven through the Dartmoor National park. 
As you see, it was rather foggy. The area is 945 km2. Outside the area it was rainy, but not foggy. It seems however normal in this area. It was very fairy-like. 
Now and then sheep and pony's loomed up in the fog. They may walk on the road. It is an area of peat-moor, heath, ferns, steams and granite rocks. 
The next day we have taken another road. How the foggy part really looks I can’t tell.

          

  

Castle Drogo Castle Drogo
To the north of Dartmoor lies Castle Drogo. This is the last castle, which has been built in England. The castle was built between 1910 and 1930. It was designed by the English architect Edwin Lutyens (from Dutch origin, I’ve read) for Julius Drewe, the founder of the Home and Colonial Stores. It has granite walls. There’s also a garden. The centrepiece is the sunken Rose Garden. On either side are the stunning herbaceous borders.
Nearer to the castle is the rhododendron garden which will be beautiful in spring.
Castle Drogo  Castle Drogo  Castle Drogo

 

Eden Project Eden Project
Eden Project

From Tavistock to Tintagel we have gone first to Eden Project in Cornwall. There are two giant, multi-domed greenhouses. Some years ago I had seen a reportage on television, when they were building the project. It lies 5 km from Saint Austell and is located in a reclaimed china clay pit. It is opened in 2001.

We had to make choice between this and the Lost Gardens of  Heligan. Both on a day is to much, because you can stay there for some hours.

The aim of the project is to show the dependence of people on nature. You get information and simple practical ideas on how to care for the plants and their habitats, that provide for us. Working for a better future.

The most impressive section, is the multi-domed greenhouse that recreates the natural environment of a tropical rainforest. The second “greenhouse” has plant life from Southern Africa, the Mediterranean an California. Outside are also many plants to admire.

Arts is also important. They try to use art to illustrate the link between plants and people.

Eden Project   Eden Project   Eden Project   Eden Project   Eden Project   Eden Project

      

Tintagel Castle Tintagel Castle  uitzicht
Tintagel Castle Tintagel Castle Tintagel   kust Tintagel  kust
Legends told of how Arthur was born and even lived at Tintagel Castle. Coastal erosion has resulted in the castle being part the mainland and part on a 90 meters high peninsula. You can over a bridge to the peninsula. From the ruins you have a fantastic view over the Atlantic Ocean.
Below the bridge and the castle is the Merlin's  Cave. These continue under the castle.
We met many walkers. There’s a path along the coast.

 

Bath

Bath 

This was a rainy day. Therefore we staye the whole day in Bath. 
T
he Romans built  temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. These  mineral springs were already used before the Roman.  At least 10.000 years ago.

We found the city with the many broad streets not very beautiful. But perhaps it was because of the bad weather.

 

 

 

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