Sunday, June 17, 2001
Guildford, Castle Ruins, and the Surrounding Areas
I think we’ve got the jet lag beaten now, as a full night’s sleep and late rising seems to have done the trick!
Before noon, we pack up and go to get Jenny’s parents, visiting before they continue their holiday to the British southern coast. Jenny rides with them, and Kathy sits up front in the Rover 75, so she can enjoy the ride and the cool GPS map! 🙂 We all head off to a country pub named “The Anchor”. It is alongside a working canal, complete with fully functional locks.
The lunches were wonderful! Kathy and I both have the roast beef lunch, with potatoes, vegetables, and Yorkshire Pudding! Kathy really liked the Yorkshire Pudding (her first experience with it!), and I loaded up with real English horseradish! Yum!!
As we’re driving, we pass an old ruined abbey. It sits, sadly, all by itself in the middle of a large, open field. It makes for a couple of good pictures, though!
We drove to Newland’s Corner, an incredibly scenic vista overlooking a lush green valley. It, too, was the subject of a few photos!
We walk about, poking into a couple of shops until we round the corner and see the wonderful vista of St. James church. It was built in 1180… what great pictures!!
Shere is a wonderfully quiet village. It feels like nothing’s changed in a hundred years or more…
Okay… off to Guildford!!
It’s another great drive along narrow country roads until we (almost literally) pop into downtown Guildford. Julian drives us about, and we park near one of the town’s oldest structures.
A ruined castle keep, dating back to WIlliam the Conqueror (ca. 1076), is the centerpiece of a colorful park and garden area. A local brass band is playing songs in a wooden bandstand while people sit about and listen. Loads more pictures!!
A walk along the river and back leads us to “Cafe Rouge”, where we stop for tea. Kathy and I share a lemon tart! The quest for scones and clotted cream will have to be completed another day. 🙁
Another walk, past the “High Street” shopping district takes us back to the car. We drive to the University of Surrey, Julian’s alma mater, high on a hill overlooking Guildford. The main campus cathedral, while somewhat unassuming on the outside, was gorgeous on the inside.
We romped about campus for awhile before returning home for dinner (made by Jenny!) and a DVD. We have our plans for tomorrow’s assault on London, and we’re off to bed!!!