On Sunday 7th May 23 members and guests had a day out at Blenheim Palace and Park. During the morning the group took the opportunity to view the palace and gardens. The palace has a Churchill Exhibition, which tells the story of his life from his unexpected birth at Blenheim to his death. Outside of the palace there are various formal and informal gardens in bloom.
Then at 2pm 19 members went on a 5 mile walk of the park, which owes much of its beauty to the landscaping of Capability Brown some 300 years ago. Heading towards the Triumphal Arch, which leads into Woodstock, we began to enjoy what has been described as the "Finest View in England". We made our way around Queen Pool before heading across the parkland past the Column of Victory with the statue of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, at its top. We made our way down to the Grand Bridge, which separates Queen Pool from the Great Lake, and continued around the lake past Harry Potter's Tree and Rosamund's Well. On leaving the Great Lake we made our way uphill and through High Park with its carpets of bluebells and collection of 900 year old oak trees and at least one, King Oak, that has been dated at over 1000 years old. We made our way back past the Pleasure Gardens where we took the opportunity of a refreshment break before walking back to the cars and heading home.
We start the walk heading for the Triumphal Arch gateway to Woodstock
The Column of Victory with a staue of Sir John Churchill at the top
The Harry Potter Tree by the Great Lake
The Grand Bridge, which spans the Queen's Pool and Great Lake
Some the ancient oaks and carpets of bluebells to be found in High Park
We stop at the Pleasure Gardens for a cuppa and a cake