So after almost a week of the entire family being stuck at home isolating whilst we awaited Neil’s Covid-19 test results we finally got the all clear on Friday which meant we were finally able to get out to the house with the boys, that we could take advantage of the glorious sunshine that the weekend had bought us. Now rather than going somewhere where there would be lots of people we chose to go for a lovely family walk at one of our local country parks, away from the hustle and bustle of people and possibly covid-19. Im being over cautious again as I do not want to find ourselves having to isolate again anytime too soon.
Now for months I have been going on at Mark about how much I’ve wanted to locate somewhere local called Cashes Well, an old abandoned spring water well from the early 1920s. I’ve really wanted to go and photograph it, however I wasn’t too sure where exactly it was, all I knew was it was located on the far outskirts of the Langdon Hills Country Parks woods and so we went on a little adventure to try and find it..
Walking through the woodland we found ourselves surrounded by magnificent oak trees sycamores, birch and ash trees, some that are centuries old, all offering us a cover of very welcomed shade in the 26 degree heat as we continued on our adventure. The woodland was deceptive and I hadn’t realised just how much of an incline the woodland had the further we walked on. I can honestly say I was secretly hoping for an alternative route back, one which may be a little kinder and wouldn’t kill me off walking back. I mean I am definitely no way the fittest person in the world here, yet here I was pushing boundaries determined as I so desperately wanted to find the well.
Finally after twenty-five minutes of walking down an incline, trying not to slip or trip over large tree roots and making our way across a small dried up ditch we finally discovered the well and it didn’t disappoint me.. the boys on the other hand thought I was crazy!
The well was abandoned over a decade ago and is reported to be haunted by the spirits of children of a local sanatorium, time has certainly not done the well any favors, its clearly been subjected to the elements and there is evident signs of vandalism from the graffiti over many of the walls, yet I still find the entire site absolutely fascinating. It was great to be able to explore and capture images of this ruins. Hints of its Grecian temple design can still clearly be seen from its remains, its just ashame its been allowed to succumb to the elements and the woodland which has grown up around it , hiding this little gem in the middle of nowhere.
Once I had finished with the well we continued on our little adventure, walking down long winding lanes, through more forest and across beautiful green fields. It was so nice to be outside amongst nature and not stuck indoors like we have been this past week, we found a lovely spot to sit down in the shade and relax, the boys kicked a football around and we had a really nice afternoon, although after a couple of hours the boys seemed to have lost the entusiasm they started off with, it was hot and the boys were weary so Mark and I decided to call it a day and make our way back to the car and head home. It was a lovely afternoon and I was happy that we had found the well and I got the photographs I wanted.
Now to plan where our next adventure may take us.