One of the places we stopped off at on our way to our holiday accommodation was Shaftesbury in Dorset. I wanted to visit Gold Hill, a place imprinted on my mind from a Hovis bread advert that used to feature on TV in the 1970's.
Shaftesbury was founded 1000 years ago by King Alfred and it is one of England's historic market towns.
This part of Dorset was featured in the novels of Thomas Hardy and there is a trail of all the various places featured in his books.
For us, we have just arrived and it is tea time so what better than to see the banner stating cream teas across the entrance to this hall next to St. Peter's church.
Along one wall is a mural featuring the history of Shaftesbury Abbey
The consecration of the Abbey 888 ad.
The translation of Edward, King and Martyr 979 ad
The visitation of the Papal Legate 1240 ad
The dissolution of the Abbey 1539 ad
Looking down on Gold Hill from the hall
And about to walk down the hill which is next to the hall
and resisting the temptation to go into the book shop
We walk down Gold Hill with the Abbey walls on the right
epitome of rural charm from a bygone era
It gets steeper the further down one goes
We are now walking back up
The view at the bottom of the hill over looking Blackmore Vale
And behind us the walled garden containing the excavated foundations of the once important and influential Abbey were one can also enjoy the aroma of over 100 herbs.
We did not go in as we wanted to be 'on our way'.