I set myself a challenge today!
Friday, July 24, 2020
Today I set myself a challenge to ride my bicycle 10 miles to visit a National Trust property called Godolphin. I researched a route that was on minor roads and checked it all out on dear old Google maps streetview - which gave me some definite things to look out for - like a red telephone box confirming I'd made the right turn at a junction!
I did it. Just under 10 miles each way. Up very steep hills (walking) and whizzing down very steep hills (free-wheeling)!
The weather was just right. Slightly overcast - so not too much direct sun. A light breeze - not windy. It actually started raining after I got home - how lucky was that?!
My quads and knees feel like they've worked hard - I've done some stretches, and I hope I can walk tomorrow! But, I tell you, it feels so good to have completed this challenge!
Godolphin is quite different from my most local NT place (Trengwainton) - it has a very long history, and the buildings are very old - going back to 1700. There has been people living and working there for over 2000 years. If you're interested to know more, check out the website - scroll down to 'history' - it's fascinating. The place is so wild and unspoilt. Today I was able to sit in 'The King's Garden' which is a beautifully walled garden filled with old-fashioned flowers. The clover and daisies were covered with bees and butterflies. It has an ancient feeling about it - the woods and hills, the paths - it's so tranquil too. There are several areas set out in kind of squares, that were garden rooms - and all are equally lovely. There is a nice woodland walk too. I didn't climb Godolphin Hill this time, as I'd cycled, but that's a nice thing to do too; I walked up there in January with a couple of friends. It wasn't overrun with visitors either - so very relaxing. I sat and ate my packed lunch on one of the lovely benches.
Here are a few snaps
this little video on YouTube gives a very nice flavour (done by a local naturalist photographer)
and here's a nice link to a photograph of The Kings Garden