We had to go shopping on Saturday 25th April to Blandford, the weather was quite nice so we decided to make a detour around Delcombe woods close to Bulbarrow. You can drive along the road from Bulbarrow to Milton Abbas and see the Bluebells on either side it is always a wonderful sight and smell. They were well out and I took a few pictures along the road.
Rod then suggested that we go down towards Milton Abbey and walk up to St Catherine’s chapel in the woods above the Abbey. We hadn’t been there since we left School Cottage when we both worked at Milton Abbey school. I walked through the woods many times with the dogs while we were there and it was nice to see it once again. King Athelstan of Wessex is said to have passed through the village of Milton and decided that the valley was ideal for an Abbey which was founded in 933 AD. www.miltonabbey.org/king-athelstan.php
St Catherine’s chapel overlooks the Abbey and lower down the slope there are grass steps which descend to the Abbey Green. Hopefully these will be restored when the Abbey and Capability Brown gardens are restored in the near future.
One thing led to another and we ended up climbing down the steep path to the Abbey and took a walk around the grounds. It was very enjoyable and Rod didn’t have to look for any maintenance problems or lock up, we could just enjoy the wonderful place.