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April 29 Upton Castle Gardens and The Pembroke Dock Sunderland Trust   April 29, 2017



Deciding on a  Bank Holiday visit out  is always a tricky decision for us as there are so many wonderful places to visit just a short drive away.  Without too many words of discussion we decided on a drive into Pembrokeshire to visit Upton Castle Gardens as a friend had recommended it and then onto Pembroke to see the Sunderland flying boats again.  WARNING: Please- if you don’t like photos of flowers especially bluebells and garlic don’t read on!

One and a quarter hours drive away from home  we found the Gardens in a very secluded spot down pretty country lanes bordered with billowing cow parsley and ribbons of garlic.

We pulled into the carpark where there was only one other visitor’s car…..  a rather fetching bright yellow Lotus Elan!  No one to greet you just an honesty box to put in your entrance fee.  We followed the path round through magnificent flowering camellias, rhododendron and huge magnolia.






The  path meandered through the grounds leading us on  passed streams, specimen trees and  plantings of gunnera through onto a long  herbaceous  border – it was all so peaceful except for the singing of the many birds.


At the end of the long border  there  was a delightful  arch  and next to it the entrance leading to  the 13 century chapel, where  over the doorway the wisteria was just about to break into full glorious colour. DSC00279.jpg


Jim was inside ‘horsing ‘ around!


Around  the corner was  a magnificent walled garden  and a lovely auricula theatre.


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In front of the chapel was an Easter message.


The chapel was dark but welcoming  and full of the history of the past inhabitants of Upton Castle. The castle is not open to the public.



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Leaving the chapel we continued our stroll around the garden accompanied only be the calling of the peacock , which we couldn’t see and the scent of the honeysuckle.


We left the walled garden and passed on to the woodland walk.





Now the scent was a magnificent garlicky, bluebelly and seasidy mix of magic…glorious!




It was all just so beautiful!


After walking through the bluebell wood as if it couldn’t get any better we saw the sight of the Cleddau estuary  through the trees. Jim and I have differing views on estuaries  -I love them!



Retracing our steps back through the woodland we crossed over the little creek  which empties into the  sea.



More delights awaited us on the other side of the creek- a wildlife haven. DSC00337.jpg       DSC00342.jpg


We loved the garden  and look forward to returning their again in another  season but we felt that maybe we’d been very fortunate  to go now when the bluebells were showing at their best.

A few miles down the road  we came to Pembroke Dock and visited the Flying Boat museum   again.  I remember the Sunderlands  when I was a child visiting Neyland  on many  a Sunday afternoon with my grandparents  and seeing them landing on the water  so all the exhibits bring back great memories of my childhood around the Cleddau estuary.

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This was a new exhibit. The mock up of the plane  has a  moving landscape in front  and brings the plane to land on the water! This was all good preparation for my first ever flight in an aeroplane which comes later on this year when we fly to Canada . This mock up made me so giddy – I nearly fell over!! Not sure this was very encouraging for me!!! DSC00351.jpg


This was a new model of the old ferry that ran between Neyland and Pembroke and one we used to use. Nowadays these a brand new toll bridge!


The model Millennium Falcon used in the film was actually made at Pembroke Docks…who’d have guessed that?

DSC00354.jpgDSC00358.jpgAfter a tasty cake and coffee in the museum we went for a short walk around the town but it was quite chilly. We passed the interesting plaques about the history of the town and walked up to the Victorian built gun tower  and then decide to return home  before we froze!

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We didn’t think we could take any more excitement in the day  but when we arrived home our lovely farmer had brought the  ewes and their lambs back on  our field …so a day that started very well indeed  ended on a high note too.DSC00375.jpg


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