In an effort to get my son away from the x box a friend and I headed off to the Gog Magog hills to Wandlebury Country Park. We dragged with us 4 boys and 2 dogs in the summer drizzle. We paid £2 for parking and headed off into the park for a picnic. At the sight of open space the boys perked up and sprinted into a grassy opening beside the stable block of the original Wandlebury House, which is now demolished. There are a number of benches with trees for shelter so we set the picnic up under one. The boys played a bit of frizbee after the picnic and then we headed off for a walk. We had 110 acres to choose from.
As the sun appeared we walked past the grave of the Godolphin Barb horse which was the founder of modern horse racing bloodstock. We stopped for a photo by the sundial and carried onto the Wandlebury ring which was an iron age hill fort. The fort has gone but the ditch dug around the edge called the Wandlebury ring can still be found and walked along. Or in our case ran and scampered along by exploring kids and dogs. Just a note -they have to be on leads. The dogs not the kids.
This is a place that you can enjoy on many levels. The children had space to run around and explore and the adults can enjoy an interesting place with history behind it. The inscription on the bench we picniced on read: " In memory of Stephen Mansfield who spent many happy hours here". I can see why.
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