Beaulieu is well known for its connection with cars. It is home to the world-famous Beaulieu National Motor Museum. I went there as a child. I cannot remember too much about it, except I remember a car shaped like an orange. Literally. It was a giant dimpled piece of fruit with wheels and a windscreen. Our Coastal Path today (which was not very coastal at all – we were four miles inland at this point) would not take us to the museum, but it did take us by a garage.
I walked up to the showroom window. There were some very expensive-looking cars inside, but I couldn’t get a good picture due to the glare of the sun.
If I went inside I would be able to get a much better picture. But as I approached the entrance I saw this:
I shifted my backpack uncomfortably, causing my dangling camera to swing on its strap. Perhaps browsing cars was not the best idea. We were, after all, supposed to be walking the coast, not driving it…
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Beaulieu Garage: N 50° 49.072 W 001° 27.195
Walk #69 Statistics (of which this post forms the fifth part):
- Date of Walk: 14 April 2014
- Walk #69 total distance covered: 16.91 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 593.35 miles
- CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO INTERACTIVE MAP!!!
Some people are so miserable…….
Well I could see their point of view – those cars must be worth into…I dread to think! Their sign actually made me laugh (particularly the bit about backpackers) and I respected their House Rules with a smile on my face.
I went to the motor museum a couple of years ago. The orange car is still there.
Thank Heavens you didn’t have a massive ‘jailer’s’ bunch of keys hanging off your belt. Even the plate glass might have been at risk. RH ps what model orange was the one you saw as a child – the rare Ghia GT Pininfarina model, I hope?
I wonder how many people they still have to get ‘snappy’ at because
they didn’t bother to read the House Rules?…..