Sherwood Forest YHA – 11th September 2011

Posted by @ 6:40 pm on Wednesday 12th October, 2011.

Sunday morning was a little overcast with the threat of rain. We were soon breakfasted and the cars were loaded up with our luggage. The venue for the day was to be Rufford Abbey Country Park, just a few miles to the south-east. We'd heard that it was a peaceful place with well-kept grounds, a fine lakeside walk and some indoors stuff for when the weather turned bad.

We paid our three-quid car-parking fee, parked up and made our way towards the Abbey. We noted a few odd vehicles being driven around. Folk were wearing khaki, bowlers, hairnets and seamed-stockings (but not all at the same time, obviously!) - it was as if we'd driven through a rift in time and had emerged in the 40s. We'd turned up during their "On the Home Front" Living History weekend. There were period cars, mock-battles, field-gun firings, tank-engines blasting away, 40s dancing and live singing, Winston Churchill lookalikes and much more besides. And then there were the grounds and the lakeside to explore. More photo opportunities!

 

Leyland Titan Water Tender

 

Morris Quad 4x4 tractor

 

Not-so-lightweight camping

 

A fine tree in the grounds

 

1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Saloon with a Park Ward swept-back body

 

As previous

 

Hmm...

 

Rolls-Royce Meteor tank engine (developed from the Spitfire's Merlin III) at full throttle

 

Teasels

 

Rufford Lake

 

 

Robin

 

Brackets

 

Rufford Lake dam and overflow

 

The Watermill, Rufford Lake

 

Avenue

 

You'll have noticed that the weather got better, not worse. Instead of having to dress for howling winds, we were in T-shirts for the whole day. I tell you, the act of carrying that windproof jacket is enough to deter inclement weather.

After leaving Rufford we called in for some minor retail therapy at Decathlon before getting home. Oddly for me, I didn't buy any more outdoors gear (but I did have to tear myself away from the Forclaz 400 fleece hoodies).

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One Response to “Sherwood Forest YHA – 11th September 2011”

  1. Mark says:

    I wondered whether a Sherwood Forest weekend would include Rufford Park. We took our kids there last year on the way back from visiting my parents. (Which never made it on to the blog, not sure why not). I thought it was a fine place to spend a day chilling out. Our littlest did fall in the lake however. (I told him those cobbles would be slippy!).

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