There was a cold wind blowing and it was morning tea time so we found a lovely pub called the Half Moon where we had a hot chocolate and a cappuccino for the small sum of 4 pound – about half the price of the same thing in Oz.!!
We returned to the abbey to explore this lovely old building whose history goes back to the 700s.
It is a very large, grand building with a spectacular roof and lovely windows.
Next we set off for Sherborne Castle ( old and new ). The old castle is a ruin courtesy of Oliver Cromwell but the new castle, first built by Sir Walter Raleigh, is lovely and we toured inside where many rooms are fairly well preserved and furnished.
The castle is still owned by the Digby family who acquired it after Raleigh was beheaded and his property confiscated by the King.
On the way home we managed to find the Cerne Giant, a huge drawing of a man drawn in chalk on the hillside near the town of Cerne Abbas.
It’s origin is unknown so it could be really ancient or just 400 years old ! Either way it is really something.
More adventures tomorrow.