Sheffield Park, Uckfield

On our way home at the end of our seaside holiday, a stroll around the National Trust’s Sheffield Park and Garden at Uckfield. These attractive formal gardens should be worth a re-visit when the autumn colours appear.

Dapdune Wharf

A train to Guildford and a 15 minute walk took me to Dapdune Wharf, a modest National Trust site on the River Wey. My purpose was to investigate the second-hand bookshop, which I can now recommend and which proved successful. I went inside the large barge wearing one of the hard-hats provided – absolutely essential for all six-footers! There’s also a very decent cafe. It was a lovely few hours spent in the bookshop, pottering around and having a cafe sandwich lunch. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/river-wey-and-godalming-navigations-and-dapdune-wharf

The first two images were taken on the walk from the station to the Wharf and show the River Wey as it passes through the centre of Guildford.

Nymans, West Sussex

On a lovely sunny day (at last!) we spent a couple of hours strolling around the beautiful gardens of Nymans in West Sussex, part of the National Trust. The house isn’t much, part house part ruin, but the gardens are lovely and there’s a small but very decent second-hand bookshop. We were also much impressed by the friendliness of the staff and volunteers.

And from the second-hand bookshop…..

Chartwell, Kent

Chartwell, Kent

Chartwell, home of Winston Churchill, has beautiful gardens and an interesting house, and makes for a lovely day out.