I don't know about yours, but my Sparkfriends are really the best! A few days ago, I received a wonderful gift in the mail: the SP activity tracker... Thank you so much dear FITMAY!!!
So the hero of today's hike is definitely the SP activity tracker! (And my dear friend May too!)
I went to Normandy this afternoon! And parked near Radepont's castle (19th century). Apparently it belongs to the Salvation Army now (no idea what they do there, there was no sign).
The nearby town hall was very pretty...
... and I enjoyed the view on the village from the hill above it!
The best of today's hike was definitely the smell of the fallen leaves. And their sound under my feet.
In Bonnemare's hamlet, I followed the tall wall of the castle before I saw it appear...
The castle is from the 16th century. Typical Renaissance architecture...
It has been owned by the same family for over 100 years, and it is now a Bed and Breakfast.
Even the castle's farm is beautiful!
-- OK, I agree, this isn't from the 16th century! ;-) --
And the chapel is beautiful too!
Further away, one of the castle's old gates is in a poor state, but I thought it was quite charming...
I followed the castle's wall again for a long time through the forest!
I forgot to say that it was truly a beautiful day, just the perfect temperature (about 15C or 59F) and lots of sunshine.
In Douville-sur-Andelle, the woods looked gorgeous in the late afternoon light!
And the ferns too!
The two towers below belong to a big 19th century spinning plant which looked almost like a church. Sadly, it was badly damaged by two fires and hasn't been used since 1946.
Shortly after the old spinning plant, I reached a 13th century abbey, Our Lady of Fontaine-GuÃ©rard... It was such a perfect time of the day to discover it, in the golden light!
And the river nearby made the area truly special...
But let's end with today's hero!!!
I think we both had a great hike today!
It was fun to see as I got home that I had burnt 900 calories, but it is impossible that I walked only 8.5 K. It was 10K according to my book, and it makes sense compared to the timing... So I need to see how I can make it understand my steps! :) Thanks again May for this great gift!
[Edit: To calibrate the SP activity tracker, you need to go to the Help page here:
But this is where it becomes funny... I cannot calibrate my activity tracker according to today's hike, because the tracker thinks it wasn't a workout, only 'normal activity'!!! I guess it doesn't like me stopping regularly to take pictures. No worry, I'll calibrate it with a walk I often do in the woods near my office, hopefully it will work!]
Thank you all for sharing my hike today!