Our aim today was the south coast but no rush to get there so switched on Sat Nav then proceeded to ignore it for the most part and head where ever looked interesting. Signs for Highclere Castle – well as we both love Downton Abbey thought we would try it. Signs on the road showed it was closed, so we thought we might try and pop over the bridge and see if we could sneak a look at the castle. Got to the second gate and it didn’t look promising when 4 of the estate cars came trundling up the road full of workers who looked not a friendly as we may have hoped. So we sheepishly turned around and made our way back out.
We headed over the South Downs towards Petersfield and then happened across signs for Goodwood. A quick glance at the Goodwood races but nothing going on so we headed down to Goodwood Race Circuit. Lovely lady at the gate told us to go on in, park where we wanted and wander where we liked – all for free. Its a wonderful place, there is an airfield on one side and the race circuit on the other. We saw an American Aviation Harvard taking off as well as numerous small planes and helicopters. Pleasure flights were available but the helicopter looked like something you would fly on a hand controller so gave that one a miss.
On the circuit side we were treated to the sight of 20 odd Lotus there for a track day. No restrictions on standing at the edge of the pit lane or up on the top of the pit lane enclosure. Considering there was only the track day on plenty of people there just wandering around like us or having meals in the restaurant.
From there it was a hop and a spit down to Chichester and our campsite just up the road on the coast. Again we are on a C&CC site – this one is a bit like someones back garden, 30-40 pitches all fairly close together on a very big lawn. Just outside the entrance is a wonderful farm shop selling all manner of fresh fruits, vegetables, home baked breads and rolls. We have just stocked up with fruit, olives and 1/2 a dozen duck eggs for our lunch tomorrow.
We now have wifi so have added photos from Oxford and Stratford on previous posts
On the weather front – ‘scorchio’ – hotter here than Spain, that will do nicely.