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Published: December 30th 2019
It's not quite the New Year (2020), but, it's a day out and start on getting fit and healthy again after the Christmas binging with my family who were down in Brighton with my brother, not to mention all the food at home with Helen...
It’s Bongo'ing off we go to Petworth Park, it’s a short drive through the South Downs to get these wobbly bodies moving and test out the all-terrain tyres I added to the Bongo in December, thanks Dad!
So, what is Petworth House I hear you ask..? It’s one of many Sussex’s fancy stately etates that can be visited, this on is a late 17th-century Grade I listed country house, rebuilt in 1688 by Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset and the owner of a huge estate, no idea what Charles did as a job, clearly it worked for him as it's a huge estate with two lakes, 800+ deer’s, all circled by a large wall to keep the riff-raff out.
We left the stately house off the to-do list this time in favour of the larger grounds and getting a bit of a walk in, wellies for
Helen and walking boots on for me, it’s handy having the bongo to get changed in before heading out and about.
The park is a mixture of dirt tracks, paths and barked woodland around the estate, the upper and lower ponds are huge, I’d probably call them lakes… maybe a possible paddle board location for the future as well!
About 20 minutes into the walk, we stumble across the herd of deer, weirdly, it’s split into the males and females into different groups, females chilling out in the distance and the males with full antlers and some rutting, that's the head-butting, not the other thing... not something you see day to day and pretty unexpected. It's all a bit Benton the Dog with the deer’s and dog walkers, fortunately, it's all walled in!
Any who, it's a cool day and the old fiery ball is hanging low in the sky, making for some good camera shots with the rolling mists on the South Downs and a beautiful scenic walk.
We take it all in for the next 2 hours around the estate, it's not overly busy and it feels a bit like
we have the place to ourselves, which is nice and I’d imagine isn't normally the case.
Well recommended for a day out, we just did the park area and only one of the many paths that you can take, next time I’ll bring the running gear as you can get a 10K run in whilst enjoying the views. It’s getting late, we are hungry so it’s time for a cruise back through the Downs.
Lastly, we also signed up for the National Trust today, another good excuse to get out and about around the UK in the Bongo in 2020!
Step Total: (yup, I’m adding steps to the blogs for 2020 as bit of a record!)
15'000 steps today, about 6/7 Miles around the deer park.
Tot: 2.558s; Tpl: 0.042s; cc: 16; qc: 60; dbt: 0.0427s; 2; m:saturn w:www (188.8.131.52); sld: 2;
; mem: 1.4mb