The Golden Hour.
When the sun is just coming up, and the empty roads up into Warwickshire are just made for a motorbike
So, a good excuse to pop up to Chesterton Windmill, before the rest of the world woke up.
I’d never even heard of it, but I guess you can see it from the M40, as it’s in quite a commanding position not far from Gaydon (amazingly excellent Motor Museum if you’ve not been).
Anyway, built around 1632 by Sir Edward Peyton, the local Lord, it’s the earliest tower mill in England to retain any of its working parts. It’s quite dumpy at 36 feet high - the milling itself would have happened on the first floor, while down below, under the arches, wooden structures would have stored the grain. Uniquely, the sails rotate counter clockwise (apparently one fell off in 2006 during an open day, injuring a visitor!).
So, marks out of 10 to Warwickshire County Council:
- 10/10 for restoring and looking after the windmill
- 0/10 for the wretched 50mph speed limit on most of the roads to get to it