Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Heading to the Gothic Tower

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

Painshill Park never seems to stop surprising, the follies are so well positioned that they are revealed slowly as you walk around this fine English landscape garden.  Next up is a mausoleum affording views over the River to a field full of cows that had obviously been lurking, waiting for me to spot them in such a pastoral scene.




Passing the cascade, we finally arrive at the five arched bridge that has been tantalising us since the Gothic Temple.  Look at that reflection.


We're not crossing over the bridge as there's a sign that says waterwheel which sounded interesting.  But hang on, what's that up the hill?


There's the waterwheel, how enormous! It was restored in 1987 and is one of the largest working wheels in the UK.  It was originally created to feed the cascade, lake and plants.



Desperate for a cup of coffee by this time, we've made a beeline for the Gothic Tower, missing out the Hermitage, for which the owner of the garden in the 1700s, Charles Hamilton, advertised for a hermit to live as a recluse there for seven years.  Before three weeks were out, legend has it that he was found drinking at the pub and was dismissed! Talking of drinking . . .



. . .  there's the café, phew!  There's another one right at the garden entrance if you don't want the long walk, or the climb to the first floor of the tower.


Suitably refreshed, it's time to bound up the steps to the top to admire the view, 99 steps from the bottom.  No need to feel wobbly at the top as the wide castellations stop you feeling that way.





We're now at the further most part of the garden and must head back along the other side of the lake, past the Temple of Bacchus which is being renovated . . .


. . . admiring the views . . .


. . . past the Turkish Tent we saw on the hill . . .




. . . back past the grotto . . .


. . .  and the Chinese Bridge.


I haven't mentioned the ice house, the keyhole plantation or the amphitheatre. So many fabulous places.  How they manage to keep the grass under control in such a huge place, I just don't know.  There are a lot of volunteers though.

There's one more hidden gem for you next time. I know, amazing isn't it!


Cheerio

14 comments:

  1. Wow, such a lot to see, but that bridge is just beautiful with its reflection. Not sure I'd make it to the top of the tower with my fear of heights.

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    1. You'd be fine as I was, I felt quite safe as you're so enclosed with only small gaps to look through!

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  2. Love the pictures! What a beautiful setting. The photo with the reflection of the arch bridge is really nice!

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    1. Thanks. That bridge was quite a feature and could be seen from all over.

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  3. It really is amazing, you have taken us on a wonderful tour. A great place and wonderful photos.

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  4. So much to see in one visit, I bet you were glad to find the cafe before venturing up the tower:)

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    1. I'm always pleased to see a café even without cheese scones.

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  5. Certainly is amazing how many countries did you manage to visit there ... China , Turkey etc ?!
    What a fabulous place to have a coffee break and great views from the top.
    Wren x

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    1. To think all that space could have been covered with houses, now it's a place of peace and calm. x

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  6. Every time I come by I find you bounding up the stairs of an interesting building, but thanks because the views are always spectacular! Lots to see on the ground too. It's always good when there's a refreshment break during your tours. Now I'm going to scroll back for a catch up on more of what you've been doing recently. Have a good day!

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    1. Ha! No doubt you always catch me having a drink and a cake as well! Thanks Linda, you too, it's much cooler today thank goodness.

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