London

Arundel Castle – The South Downs

14183767 10154035196964671 7017102223664538516 N

Continuing my 2 day exploration of Arundel, nestled snugly in the heart of the south downs, I continued my tour to the it’s highlight, Arundel castle.

14102400 10154030148219671 5499531166764222289 N

I first saw Arundel from my train window, looming in it’s extravagance above leafy tree tops surrounded by lush marshland and the hazy river Arun.

14192627 10154035177904671 7699288177234351331 N

It reminded me of Harry Potters Hogwarts! The castle itself is over a 1000 years old and now resides under the care of the Duke of Norfolk, who still resides in its quarters.

14192640 10154035176829671 835906760064657684 N

14142006 10154035176939671 9062801367455597942 N

There are 3 different guest passes available, but seeing as I was on a backpackers budget, I picked the middle option which included the castles keep and gardens, also castle access to a few rooms for £11.00.

14102213 10154035176894671 1562736450912890774 N

If you wish to take the grand tour of the elaborate castle chambers, with incredible views overlooking the south downs, I would advise upgrading to the £18.00 ticket that gives you full access.

14142061 10154035174779671 6454615955045579778 N

The highlight for me was actually it’s famous landscaped gardens and water features.  The collectors earl garden was the highlight of my trip to Arundel.

14184450 10154035176389671 1139732747906424809 N

14222206 10154035176049671 2235169051642300040 N

It’s based on a Jacobean style, flanked with oak obelisks and shell encrusted walls, framed by large terracotta plant pots and metallic dragonfly’s skimming perilously close to the waters edge. 14117850 10154035197264671 2286893968505983696 N 14141593 10154035174189671 6873060572437810577 N

I spent the rest of the afternoon under the shade of large oaks, reading my kindle on thick, lush, finely manicured lawns.

14117892 10154035175494671 4125892020340211434 N14102307 10154035175339671 2065059866866334394 N

Would you like to visit? Arundel is only 1.20 minutes from central London!

 

 

 

Arundel uk London

Exploring Arundel – The South Downs

And I’m outta here.
Leaving behind the yellow smog of Hammersmith bypass, the strewn burger king wrappers at Victoria Station and the endless stream of grey enclad bodies.

14063825 10154018351579671 8249344578881366958 N

I’m off to Arundel, in West Sussex, UK . A Lord of the rings esque  sounding village, lacking in hobbits but completed with Riverside Castle and moorhen dunking wetlands.

I found a fantastic room at an air bnb and my bubbly hostess Sam picked me up from the train station and drives me in her sun drenched convertible to my room for the nest 2 nights.
14102391 10154018351699671 1248921898316341780 N
Beautifully wooden floors, covered with large thick rugs, the heart of the house, a sprawling kitchen, pine filled kitchen, my room with a view over countryside gardens and the south downs as a backdrop. A warm, cosy american style quilt covers a single bed.
14055127 10154018351464671 6077618938801661475 N14034908 10153994867724671 5433258128645972444 N
Firstly I hike up Mill lane, a small brook with fluffy grey signets on my left and hazy fields with bellowing cows on my right. Shaded by large trees, it takes me around 15 minutes to reach the lakes.
13912616 10153994868404671 8522913975416876486 N
Just to the left of this serene, rowing boat scene lies a small mill by the water. Out of bounds and fenced off apart from a mud spattered hike up a ditch to take photos, under the bough of a large tree.
13886242 10153994869699671 8137830480081573250 N
The lakes have multiple walkways through slightly overgrown bracken trails, leading you deeper into the heart of the south downs.
14022256 10153994868969671 1357059268749171157 N13962720 10153994868509671 2492695430277575783 N
I skipped the hike due to my London uniform of black long maxi and sandals, and oversized sunglasses. Chic possibly but completely out of place here. What was meant to be a short walk to the river was fast becoming a disorganised, dehydrated clamber along country roads.
13938437 10153994869234671 1641594717136796709 N
I decided to hike onwards through the fierce mid day sun to the river and visit the Black rabbit, to sit by the river and have a whisky, bake in the sun and watch the river haze. Then I get a taxi home to recharge for my Arundel castle visit tomorrow!