A Nice Spring Day

Ashby de la Zouch Travel Blog

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A little drive to nearby Ashby de la Zouch to see some English Heritage.  Ashby Castle was home to the noble men through the ages, before being used as a retreat by King Charles I during the English Civil War.  It was later blown up with gunpowder and many muskets, which the ruins still show holes from today.  It's still an interesting ruin, in a very pretty town, with nice surrounding villages, and Calke Abbey just a few miles further away.  It has a really nice little tower available to climb, and the denizens inside might make you jump a little (pigeons nest in the window arches), and a long tunnel into (or out of) the cellar.  The original design work can still be seen in parts of the castle, and it is one for the imagination to see the original formation, and one that's too far from the mind's eye.  Worth a visit.

With Calke Abbey not too far away, we tried to stop there too, but sadly it had closed by the time we had eaten.  We still walked around some of the grounds where we could, and had some decent views of the house in the evening sun.  It was a nice country walk, and made for a nice end of day stroll for us.

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Ashby de la Zouch
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