Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

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Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby peetee » 6 Feb 2019, 7:30pm

They say that it's often the case that local attractions are the ones you leave to last or never bother to see at all.
What's near to you that you ignored for years, then visited and kicked yourself you never went sooner?
I will start:

Itchen Stoke church, Hampshire.
I have ridden and driven past this little gem a thousand times over the past 35 years, I even Included it in a painted montage for a college project, but it was only last year I went inside. And what I have missed!
A riot of decorated plaster, wood and tiles topped of by the most magnificent rose window that, on a sunny summer afternoon explodes with illuminated colour. In a cathedral this window would make anyone pause and contemplate it's grandeur but in such a diminutive village location its truly amazing.
Current status report:
Latter side of fifty and feeling less than nifty.
Too many bikes on pegs and too few miles in the legs.

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby Graham » 6 Feb 2019, 7:40pm

A similar situation, for me, discovering the bluebells in Joan's Acre Wood @ Hinton Ampner . . . .

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby brynpoeth » 6 Feb 2019, 8:02pm

You read my mind, I had this thought about my museums thread, visited museums near home at the weekend, many people don't bother visiting the sights at home
Just walking round town looking closely is interesting too
The Watercress Line is always worth a visit for you two, and that queer bridge over the Itchen, if it is still there :wink:
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby paddler » 6 Feb 2019, 8:40pm

peetee wrote:They say that it's often the case that local attractions are the ones you leave to last or never bother to see at all.
What's near to you that you ignored for years, then visited and kicked yourself you never went sooner?
I will start:

Itchen Stoke church, Hampshire.
I have ridden and driven past this little gem a thousand times over the past 35 years, I even Included it in a painted montage for a college project, but it was only last year I went inside. And what I have missed!
A riot of decorated plaster, wood and tiles topped of by the most magnificent rose window that, on a sunny summer afternoon explodes with illuminated colour. In a cathedral this window would make anyone pause and contemplate it's grandeur but in such a diminutive village location its truly amazing.


Sounds great. Booton Church is worth a visit if you're ever in Norfolk.

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby pwa » 6 Feb 2019, 8:57pm

It took me something like 15 years of living in this area before I got round to doing a walk that took in this burial chamber with its 40 ton capstone.

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4821391

When you think of the tools available when it was put together it is staggering.

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby richardfm » 6 Feb 2019, 9:17pm

pwa wrote:It took me something like 15 years of living in this area before I got round to doing a walk that took in this burial chamber with its 40 ton capstone.

https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4821391

When you think of the tools available when it was put together it is staggering.

I'm in Cardiff, must have been here 25 years before we did a walk that took in that one and this one https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4730590
That is despite visiting Dyffryn Gardens, in between the two, plenty of times

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby colin54 » 7 Feb 2019, 9:42am

I lived only a few miles from the Royston cave for the majority of my life and never visited, pretty amazing place.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLpuzVC85ak
https://www.roystoncave.co.uk/history

When I was living in Leeds and the Tour came to town I watched it on telly, I didn't fancy all the crowds.

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Feb 2019, 4:45pm

Plus One for cycling from home and avoiding TDC, the tragedy of drive-cycling
Cycling-of course, but it is far better on a Gillott
We love safety cameras & STOP signs

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby Mick F » 7 Feb 2019, 5:01pm

My best man, Dave, lives in the Blackpool area. Has done all his life. He was my best man for our wedding in 1973!
He and his family still live there.

Having been brought up in Lancashire with my father's aunt Beth running a boarding house in Blackpool, we often stayed over and saw the sights and the illuminations etc. We went up Blackpool Tower a couple of times.

Me and the future Mrs Mick F visited Blackpool, and with Dave and his girlfriend (the future Mrs Dave) we went up the Tower. That was probably 1973 making me and Dave 21 years old.

Considering he had lived there all his life in sight of the Tower, it was the first time he had been up it.
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby brynpoeth » 7 Feb 2019, 6:07pm

And the last? May one ascend on foot, or only by lift?
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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby Mick F » 7 Feb 2019, 7:09pm

A mate of mine maintained that his uncle climbed the Tower up the outside.
Normal people take the lifts. :wink:
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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby richardfm » 7 Feb 2019, 7:56pm

colin54 wrote:I lived only a few miles from the Royston cave for the majority of my life and never visited, pretty amazing place.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLpuzVC85ak
https://www.roystoncave.co.uk/history

When I was living in Leeds and the Tour came to town I watched it on telly, I didn't fancy all the crowds.

I was brought up in Royston. I lived there from when I was about 3 until I left school at 17. I visited the cave once on a school trip

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Re: Too close to bother visiting => unexpected surprise

Postby Tangled Metal » 7 Feb 2019, 9:59pm

The Lancaster maritime museum. It's free to locals and I'm local enough to get in free, even work nearby but never been.! Son loves it. He's been a few times taken for free by his grandparents who also are local.

So my example is bad on two points. It's local and free. A third reason is that it's supposed to be a good local museum.