It’s possible that you think the Puritan colonists who settled the US east coast departed from Plymouth, but that’s only partly right. It turns out their journey was already fraught by the time they got that far.
The Mayflower (together with the Speedwell) originally departed from Southampton with the Pilgrim Fathers (and presumably some Pilgrim Mothers as well) – Elizabethan religious misfits whose departure probably went unremarked at the time. After stops at Dartmouth and Plymouth to repair storm damage the Mayflower went on to the New World – the Speedwell was too damaged to make the voyage. And the rest is history. More details can be seen on the plaque at the bottom.
There is nothing better than to drive out of the city and to walk along ancient tracks admiring the pleasant countryside.
This is Old Winchester Hill, only a short drive from Southampton or Winchester (about 11miles) and the site of an Iron Age fort and Bronze Age barrows. In 2009 it became part of the South Downs National Park and it has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, we spotted several deer whilst we were there. Various ancient, long distant footpaths cross the hill’s summit.
I love to see the profusion of wild flowers and butterflies that exist in our chalk downlands. Although this photo was taken in August, there was a strong breeze – this made taking individual close-ups of flowers difficult, as they would not remain still. However, this view along the path captures some of the abundance that faced us.