Archive for May, 2019

Royal Park to community playground – Windsor Great Park

May 10th, 2019

 

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The 1,000-year-old Windsor Castle often overshadows Windsor Great Park with its lush forest and rolling lawns. This lovely 9,000-acre space is dotted with lakes, ceremonial walks, Roman ruins, cascades, beautiful gardens, plus plenty of opportunity for long and short trails with stunning vistas.  Take in arresting views of Windsor Castle, the grazing herds of the Queen’s deer, woodlands, open grasslands and lake shores in your campervan or motorhome hire with Camperbug!

 

The history

 

Set southwest of Windsor Castle, Windsor Forest was once set aside as the Monarchs hunting grounds and supplied the fortified encampment with fish, game and wood over a 1,000 years ago. A parker was appointed in1129, and the reserved area was marked out. The park is considerably smaller now however it will still take you an hour or more to explore the park from the human-made Virginia Water Lake to the gates of Windsor Castle. To get a taste of the numerous gardening projects and fancies of the Royals, the gardeners and their architects, spanning over 400 years, the Royal Landscape is worth a visit.

 

To see

 

Virginia Water

 

Virginia Water was created in 1753 through damming and flooding. Sites around the lake include a Roman temple, an ornamental waterfall and a 100-foot Totem Pole gifted by British Columbia to mark its centennial. With a permit from the Royal Parks, you can fish in some ponds in Windsor Great Park as well some points in Virginia Lake.

 

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The Leptis Magna Ruins

 

The Leptis Magna Ruins were initially a part of the Roman city of Leptis Magna in Libya. During the 17th century over 600 columns from the ruins were sent over to Louis XIV to be made use of in the Palace of Versailles. By the early 19th century, there was a transfer of power, and this time it was the British Consul General who influenced the local governor to let King George IV beautify his back garden with a few select pieces. The ruins finally made it to Windsor Great Park after a brief spell at the British Museum.

 

The Landscape Gardens

 

There are numerous flowering gardens including the woodland Valley Garden which contains open grasslands, and exotic vegetation. Expect to see a variety of native trees like cherries, sweet chestnut, sweet gums, Asiatic rowans, Scots Pine and more! Happily, there is no entrance fee.

 

The Savill Garden

 

This 35-acre ornamental garden was built for the sheer enjoyment of each visitor. Created by Eric Savill in the 1930s, the garden combines a delightful blend of interlinking, contemporary and classical gardens. The garden holds a treat for every season! Enjoy December’s seasonal displays in the Temperate House or visit during the spring months to see colourful rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils in bloom! Savill Garen also holds over twenty Champion Trees, which is a UK accreditation for a tree that is either the tallest of contains the most extensive span for its type in the country. There is a modest admission charge to view the gardens.

 

 

 

 

03 charming, tiny villages in England to visit in your campervan or motorhome

May 3rd, 2019

 

If your next holiday itinerary includes stops at a pretty village or two, you’ll soon find out that the most picturesque villages lay off the beaten path. This smallest and the best of them lay hidden, which preserves the timeless atmosphere. Ensure you pack in an atlas or road map as sat-nav and GPS devices tend to go right past the best locations. English back roads demand a slower pace of travel so sit back and enjoy your journey. Rushing is no longer an option. Ask the local tourist information centres for the most scenic route and abstain from referring to the small towns and villages as quaint as many locals find the word distasteful and downright condescending.

 

Clovelly, Devon

 

The village of Clovelly was once a bustling fishing port. Records of the town trace back to the Domesday Book. Over the following 800 years, Clovelly would be owned by just three families; the most recent is the Hamlyn family who has held the village and its surrounding areas since 1738. The town is home to 300 residents and features 83 pastel-hued cottages that steep down 400 feet to the seawaters of the North Devon Coast. The village maintains a strict no car policy from6:30 p.m. to 9:a.m. owing to its delicate positioning. The town provides an enjoyable day out and contains two museums, craft workshops, and a few craft and gift shops.

 

Lacock Village, Wiltshire

 

If the traditional village of Lacock looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Downton Abbey, The Other Boleyn Girl, or Pride and Prejudice. Lacock is set three miles from Chippenham and maintained by the National Trust. It’s easy to forget that a community of 1,100 residents actually work and live here. The village is a dream to walk through and contains many tea rooms, local shops, and a hotel with a pub. The admission fee covers the cost to the 800-year old Abbey which was used as a house since the 1540s, the 16th-century Tithe Barn and Fox Talbot Museum.
William Fox Talbot completed the technique of preserving negative so photographs could be duplicated. The Fox Talbot Museum was created at his house in honour of his work and displays permanent and temporary exhibitions of early and modern photography.

 

Kersey, Suffolk

 

As tiny as the village of Kersey is, it is also a magical location to visit. The town was once a prominent and wealthy Suffolk wool town however the importation of lighter, cheaper fabric from the Netherlands eliminated the industry. The village contains a few side streets, a collection of pink-hued timber-framed houses dating back to the 13th-century and a village pub created in 1378! Kersey is home to just 350 residents and contains a village church on a hill that offers stunning views of the entire village.
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