Kent – The Garden of England. Part 2
Posted by brianswatercolours
I part 1 of this series of 3 posts we explored Canterbury and the East and South Coasts of Kent
In Part 2 I am going to start with some famous visitor attractions in Kent and then delve into the Kent countryside.
We are vary lucky that there are a number of very famous Places to visit in the County, maybe one of the most famous is Leeds Castle , fairly near to Maidstone . Often described as “The most beautiful Castle in the World” it is undoubtedly a great place to visit and to wander around its extensive grounds. Leeds Castle was probably established in the 9th Century but after being bought by Edward 1st Queen,Eleanor of Castile in 1278 the castle began its long journey to become the Castle we see today. Part of this transformation was done by Henry VIII in 1519, and again extensive changes were made in 1823.
Leeds Castle can be visitedted throughout the year and is very beautiful in winter when a Christmas Fair is held.
At Bodiam there is another medieval Castle, built when the River Rother was a trading route into the heart of the County. Although mostly a ruin it is a great castle to visit.
Not very far away is Sissinghurst Castle, more of a walled garden that a Castle, it has the most wonderful gardens to see and enjoy. A favourite place for me to sketch and paint at too.
As Kent is not a huge County it is a pleasant journey through the Kent Villages and Towns to also visit another wonderful location, Scotney Castle. With its old and new Castles there is lots to see and the Azalea and Rhododenron displays in early Summer are spectacular.
As you travel around Kent there are many great views and places to see. many may include Oast Houses which I am very fond of as they are quite common in Kent but much less so in other Counties. Originally used to dry hops for beer making today they are mostly residential and often the main farm building around the County.
Here are just a few views of the Kent countyside
The winter views can be delightful too as being in the East of the UK we do get occasional snow spells in Winter.
As you travel about there are other great places to visit, Ightham Mote is one of them as is Rochester.
Here are a few watercolours of these places.
I hope you have enjoyed this second Part about kent
In Part 3 we will return to the coast and to the areas nearer to my home
Stay well and Safe
About brianswatercoloursAfter spending 40 years in Aerospace I now enjoy painting watercolours of our travels around the world. I also paint for others who would like reminders of there favourite places. Most of my paintings are painted from photos that I have taken, or taken by others. This blog shows some paintings from Yvonne's and my travels together. Have look at my other Blog www.aquarellesdefrance.wordpress.com
Posted on September 11, 2020, in Kent in the UK, Landscape, Paintings from our travels, Sunderland Flying Boat, Travels with a Brush, Watercolours and tagged England, Kent, Landscape, Paintings from our travels, watercolors, Watercolours. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.