Its just over three years since our move, and it was time to explore another delightful place. The sun was bright, the air cool and crisp, and far too nice, to tackle those very last few jobs on the house, so out we went.
I had to get out the map, and do a bit of map reading as we had not yet even driven past the site. We arrived fairly early, and by the time we had walked round the park, there were plenty of groups enjoying the site. The bird hide, overlooking the lake, had a large group of small children in it, enjoying their picnic lunch, so we decided to return there another day. Except for the big house being used as an hotel, Coombe Abbey Park reminded Mr S and I of Lydiard Park in Swindon, as both were owned by the Local Authority, had good wooded and open walks suitable for Winter time, and a visitors centre.
Along the many paths through woodland and grassy areas, we stopped and gazed at the wide range of fungi, some very bright, others very big, and these tiny ones in the hollow of a sawn off tree stump, caught Mr S's attention.
At the end of our walk we stopped and had a drink at the Visitor's Centre Cafe sat in the sunshine, and we could have done with sun umbrellas it was so warm.
We went to have a look at the Abbey and found out that if they are not overwhelmed with guests, they do serve drinks including coffee to casual visitors. We shall return for lunch soon. The inside is full of copies of Medieval items, with interesting nooks to sit in.