Monday, 25 May 2015

Bank Holiday Sunshine at Badbury Rings, Dorset

This weekend we decided to visit Badbury Rings which is part of the Kingston Lacy estate, owned by the National Trust. It was somewhere I hadn't been since I was a child and my husband had never visited so we were looking forward to going somewhere different and letting Elliot run off some steam!

Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort and dates from around 800 BC. It is also believed that King Arthur fought his greatest battle here against the Saxons.  Nowadays, it is home to a rich variation of flora and fauna. And possibly a few ghosts if local legend is to believed!

We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day and we started off with a picnic at the foot of the rings. It's hard to imagine the battles of years gone by because it is such a peaceful place! Soon Elliot was itching to run around so we made our way up the hills....

Elliot was in his element racing up and down the hills, he especially loved being at the top when we were down the bottom. He kept singing "I'm the king of the're a dirty rascal!" at the top of his voice! As you can from the photos, buttercups cover the ground at the bottom of the hills and it looked beautiful.

At the top of the rings there is a small wood and we walked through stopping to blow a few dandelions. Elliot hasn't quite got the hang of it yet and one of these days he's going to inhale rather than blow! We also spotted a giant caterpillar which Elliot was really impressed by :)

We rounded the day off with a trip to a local farm where they make their own ice cream. And who doesn't like ice-cream!! I didn't even know this place existed but my sister in law recommended we pop in and I'm so glad we did. The ice-cream was amazing and the gardens were all open for customers to explore. The only downside was the fact there were too many flavours to choose from so we will definitely be returning for another ice-cream soon!

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

1 comment:

  1. What a perfect sounding day and the most dreamy beautiful photos of outdoor fun. That King Arthur did travel, we have is Castle down the road from us at Tintagel and a sword in the stone in our chicken field that the children always try to pull out each morning. thank you for sharing such a lovely looking place on Country Kids.


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