Thursday, 13 April 2017

Winkworth Arboretum

We went over to Winkworth Arboretum today. It's a National Trust property just outside of Godalming (down some very windy roads).  We decided to give it a try having seen that dogs must be on leads at all times.  This is important to us as our two youngest really don't like dogs much and, unfortunately, not all dog owners understand that some people may not want their pet jumping or sniffing around them.  Hooray for the courteous dog owners here.


We parked up in a relatively empty car park at 10.30am and off we went.  The nice ladies in the entry kiosk gave us a map and we opted for the red route, which was the most challenging and longest one with lots of steps.  








It took us through the bluebell woods, around the meadow, past the boat house, up the azela steps (phew!) and, before we realised it, we had turned the wrong way and were heading back to the entrance. Oh well, never mind, good opportunity for cake!







Cake eaten, we headed back in to find the adventure playground. This looked brand new and the girls had some fun on it before we went back onto the red route to finish off our route.  



S took me down some more steps (suddenly realising I was going to have to go 'up' again at some point - my calves!) and into the 'bowl' before we followed it round further, up more steps to finish off the route.  Yes, we went down steps and back up again before we got back onto the flat.  I feel like I'm the stair-master now.





Back to the car and down the narrow lanes off home.  We will definitely be back - maybe with a picnic next time.

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