Thanks for visiting as we link up with Tricky for Five on Friday. Always a pleasure to have your company.
Today I'm taking you for a walk round the village of Yateley in Hampshire. 'Yate' comes from the Middle English word for a gate as this was the gateway to Windsor Forest, although there is a leafy feel to the place, nowadays it's a busy village/town with shops, pubs and recreational facilities.
One - First stop the Church
St Peters dates back to Saxon times when a smaller church was on the site but it burnt down in 750. Sadly the subsequent church was burnt again, by an arsonist, in 1979, leaving only the outer walls, charred tower and cracked bells and was rebuilt providing a modern, open space within the old walls.
Just in front of the church is the charming old Village Green. There's an annual May Fayre with the Yateley Morris Dancers taking part but on a larger green a little bit further on.
Three - Walking around the Village
Although there are some modern shops and a busy road, let's just enjoy the old buildings. From pubs . . .
. . . to the businesses within the pretty houses.
Four - Notable People
Most places seem to have their famous people and in Yateley, we go from a curate turned highwayman named Parson Darby who, legend has it, patrolled the Reading Road and was hanged at nearby Darby Green- he's spookily celebrated by the Yateley Morris Men, who have a wooden horse wearing a highwayman's disguise - to Flora Thompson who wrote Lark Rise to Candleford who worked in the Post Office in 1901. The charity worker Sean Devereux who was assassinated in Somalia, has a park named after him.
Five - Lakes
The area has a number of restored gravel pits which have been made over to watersport activities, fishing and nature conservation giving people from the area plenty of opportunities to enjoy a pleasant walk. The lake was busy with school holiday excitement with all sorts going on.
I hope you have enjoyed a peek at this area, like always it's best to leave the car and just walk around to see what you can discover.
Have a great week.