It was a blustery day and we decided to set off for a picnic on the hills at Burton Dassett Country Park.
We loaded up the bus with provisions, packed the camera and decided to stop off at the supermarket on the way to buy delicious crusty rolls topped with poppy seeds to eat with our picnic.
Rolls on board, we headed out of Banbury on the A423 Southam road and set the Satelite Navigation on the cell phone with the postcode for the Country Park.
It was a beautiful day and from the high vantage point of the cab, I could see over the hedgerows into the fields, the sun was lighting the new green leaves on the swaying trees and we were just getting relaxed into the journey, when unexpectedly the Sat Nav (who incidently talks with the voice of KITT from Knight Rider) calmly told us to take a left turn. We had programmed it to take the quickest route and it had taken us at our word.
We turned down the unsignposted single track lane and marvelled at the adventure, as we had no idea at all where it was taking us.
We were taken through picturesque villages and winding lanes until we rounded a bend and came across an absolutely beautiful place, we saw a parking spot and decided to pull over.
The National Trust - Farnborough Hall
Jumping out of the bus we walked over to the sign post to see what this place was.
It said The National Trust Farnborough Hall looking behind us there was the big House, a large impressive building.
We were more interested in the beautiful trees in the distance, so locked up and set off to explore.
The mature trees in the distance looked huge, green and inviting.
As we got closer, peering through the trees to the left, we could see glimpses of water glinting in the sunlight.
Walking closer, through the trees we could see a beautiful lake.
Wow, what a find.
Framed by trees there was a huge lake complete with swans.
We crossed the little wooden bridge and walked out of the trees and on to the path that lead around this idyllic place.
The swans hissed, then after I had reassured them in my best swan language they serenely swam along with us as we walked.
What a wonderful place and such an unexpected find. The gorgeous colours of the trees on the far bank, the glistening water, the swans...
A chance encounter of the most magical kind.
At the end of the path, the track forked, one branch following the lake around to its far side, the other heading into dappled woodland.
We decided that the path through the woods would lead us back to where the bus was parked. So we walked through the trees and puddles of sunlight, through the dancing shadows. . .
Until there, in the distance, we saw the car park and the bus waiting for us.
Well, what a serendipitous find this place had been.
We hopped into the cab and continued our journey to Burton Dassett Country Park and our delicious picnic lunch.
See you soon!
Notes: The area we were parked in and the walk we took was not included in the admission fee for the house and gardens at Farnborough Hall, so there was no charge, not even a parking fee to sit in the bus and enjoy the view.
Farnborough Hall - wikipedia
Farnborough Hall - Gardens
Farnborough Hall - National Trust