Tuesday 1 April 2014

Walk 1 A Godshill Stroll - 1 mile

Godshill is a chocolate-box pretty village in the heart of the island. Popular with tourists and coach trippers, the village offers cream teas and lots of gift shops, as well as some pubs and restaurants.
thatched cottages and church in godshill It was this walk that gave me the idea of starting an Isle of Wight walking blog. As it was the day before Mother's Day, I had headed to the village in search of a gift with my camera in my bag and decided to do a short stroll around the village before going home.

Front view of Griffin Inn Godshill
The walk began opposite the free car park, beside the Griffin pub, and marked a triangle around the church which rises on a hill in the middle of the village. Turn down Hollow Lane beside the pub, where the bus stops.

 Hellebores were nestling in a number of hedgerows and gardens. 
Godshill is probably the most photographed town on the island and is famed for its picturesque thatched cottages.
thatched cottages in godshill
When Hollow Lane comes to a T junction, turn sharp right back towards the village, climbing up to explore the church past the row of thatched cottages.
Spring flowers in Godshill by wooden cottage
All Saints Church is mostly Norman and also known as the Church of the Lily as it houses one of only two medieval wall paintings of a Lily Crucifix.
Norman church facade and churchyard Goshill

All Saints Church Godshill with daffodils
In the North Chancel is this stained glass window by William Morris.
William Morris stained glass window in norman church Godshill
© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
In the churchyard is a restored medieval Churchyard Cross, a stone pillar resting on three circular plinths, which represent the Calvary, and topped with a carved cross under a canopy. At this time, many common people were buried without individual gravestones and a churchyard cross served a communal cross for all those buried the churchyard.
Fabulous views stretch away from the churchyard.
Churchyard in Godshill on Godshill walk

Thatched Cottage and garden on Godshill walk
Daffodils outside Godshill Church
This display of Pulsatilla in one front garden made my day!
Purple and pink Pulsatillas in close up on Godshill walk

Purple pulsatillas in Godshill garden
close up of vincas in flower on godshill walk
I've always known this white spring ground cover plant as Snow-in-Summer, but it is actually called Cerastium.
Spring flowers and forsythia in Godshill Isle of Wight

Woodland walk in Godshill Isle of Wight

Late afternoon walk among trees in Godshill

Godshill Village Sign

Map showing route of walk around Godshill Isle of Wight, 1 mile
Walk Details
Start and Finish: The Griffin, Godshill High St
Distance: 1 mile, 
Time: 20 mins
Refreshments: Throughout village
WC: In The Old Smithy opposite
Bus: Nos. 2 and 3

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