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Saturday 6 September 2014

The ‘Discover Melbourne’ day was greatly enjoyed by us all.  

In the morning we were taken on a Melbourne town trail by Barry Thomas from the Melbourne Footpaths Group.  His knowledge of the history of Melbourne and its buildings is comprehensive, and he led a lively and interesting walk.  We noted how new housing within the town has been very sympathetically designed to fit in with the existing buildings, as shown by examples in the photos below.

Melbourne sympathetic development 1Melbourne sympathetic development 2

After lunch we said goodbye to Barry and set off on a 5.5 mile circular walk of the surrounding area.  The countryside, with its late-summer changes, was beautiful.   At  Breedon-on-the-Hill  we saw the C18 lock-up and spent time in the Priory Church of St Mary and St Hardulph, which can be seen for miles around on its position on top of Breedon Hill.  We were fascinated by its fine Anglo-Saxon sculptures and monuments to the Shirley family.  We then made our way back to Melbourne, had a stunning view of the Hall as we passed by, and took a few minutes to look at the wildlife around the pool to end our visit.

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