Roger and Wendy

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Roger and Wendy

Our motorhome travels.

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Europe » United Kingdom » England June 18th 2014

18 June 2014 We got up early and arrived home before lunch after an excellent trip to an area of England we had not visited before.... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 17th 2014

17 June 2014 We left the very pleasant camp site, drove through the forest and then along elevated roads above the fens which gave us distant views of our next destination, the small market town of Ely with its huge medieval cathedral. Our very pleasant afternoon in lovely weather was started with a guided tour of the 11th century cathedral which included an ascent of the 13th century octagonal tower above the transept. The reason a small town has such a large cathedral is that it supported a monastery founded by Queen Etheldreda in 673. Afterwards we walked around the Eel trail through the market, along the Great Ouse Waterside and through the delightful Jubilee Gardens and Cherry Hill Park. After listening to the cathedral music at Evensong we started the drive home. Whilst going along ... read more
The cathedral
The monastery and its chapel
The octagonal tower

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 16th 2014

16 June 2014 The camp site is close to one of the Sustrans cycle routes and we followed this on our bikes along minor roads partly through the ThetfordForest to the ancient town of Thetford which turned out to be an excellent destination. We followed a cycle path along the Rivers Little Ouse and Thet which meet in the town centre. This led us to a huge Iron Age defences built in 500BC and a Norman castle mound built in the 1070s.... read more
Wendy with a statue of Captain Mainwaring. Dads Army was recorded in the area
Watermill
This area of the rivers by the Nun’s Bridge is called the Becks

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 15th 2014

15 June 2014 The Southwold campsite is located adjacent to the Town’s harbour on the mouth of the River Blyth. In the morning we crossed the river and had a pleasant stroll through Wlberswick, the village on the other side. Then it was the start of our drive inland. We first went through the villages of Blythbugh and Wenhaston where Wendy had memories of a cycling holiday she had with Vivian over 50 years ago. Blythburgh has a huge church for a small village and we were privileged to be able to listen to a pianist and some singers rehearsing for a concert they were giving that evening as part of the Aldeburgh Festival. We continued our journey and stayed the night at the Caravan and Camping Club site in the Thetford Forest.... read more
Like many places in Suffolk, Southwold harbour has a row of fishermen’s huts where you can buy the catch. The boat is a small ferry we used to get back over the river
Blythburgh church beautifully situated above the river
The ceiling includes a row of carved angels

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 14th 2014

14 June 2014 An informative guide book from the tourist office enabled us to have an enjoyable and informative day wandering around Southwold. There are many interesting buildings there although most of them date from the 18th and 19th century because the town had a disastrous fire in 1659. This also resulted in the formation of several open and attractive grassed spaces known as the Greens. We were walking along the sea front when surprisingly we met Dave and Janet King some very old friends of ours from home. They had rented a house in the town for a family holiday and we were invited to a delightful supper with them in the evening.... read more
The pier
One of the Greens. The flags were probably flying because it was the Queen’s official birthday
A row of cannons on another Green

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 13th 2014

13 June 2014 Benjamin Britten lived most of his life at Aldeburgh on the coast beyond Snape and we had a very pleasant morning looking at various places associated with him. In the afternoon we visited the well known RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere which had recently been featured on the BBC’s Springwatch Programme. We stayed at a coastal campsite just outside the resort of Southwold.... read more
One of the performers in action by the beach
A memorial window to Britten in the Parish Church
The Moot Hall where Britten received his Freedom of the Borough

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 12th 2014

12 October 2014 Just off the coast from Orford there is a shingle bar called Orford Ness and we had intended to go walking on it today, but unfortunately the ferry was not running. Instead we followed a very pleasant part of the Suffolk Coast cycle trail to The Maltings at Snape, a series of concert halls, practice rooms and craft shops where the Aldeburgh Music Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten, is held each year.... read more
The Maltings Concert Hall
There are also some outdoor sculptures there. This one is by Barbara Hepworth
Historic yacht on the quay

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 11th 2014

11 June 2014 A busy day with several stops. Firstly we went to Lavenham, a small ancient wool town famous for its many half-timbered buildings and a large ornate church built when it was the wealthiest and largest settlement in the County. We got a walking leaflet from the Tourist Office and had an excellent couple of hours looking round. Wendy had promised her friend Vivian that we would visit the round tower church of Ramsholt on the River Deben near to the coast. Her mother is buried there and we were planning to look for the grave. On the way we passed the famous site Sutton Hoo where in 1939 a burial mound was opened up by a local archaeologist and the remains of a 1300 year old Anglo Saxon royal burial ship was uncovered ... read more
The timbers on many of the buildings where in fact rendered over
Lavenham’s ornate church
For the first time ever on our travels we came across another Murvi van, it was at the Sutton Hoo car park

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 10th 2014

10 June 2014 We drove to the southern part of Suffolk and visited Flatford the hamlet 0n the River Stour where Constable’s father owned the mill and was the location for some of his most famous paintings including the Hay Wain. It is now owned and managed by the National Trust and one of their guides showed us the location of several of the paintings. Afterward we walked along the river to the village of Dedham and back. We stayed on a Caravan Club certified location just outside Flatford.... read more
Flatford Mill
A farm house, the timbers have been limed by the National Trust to protect them
The Hay Wain

Europe » United Kingdom » England June 9th 2014

9 June 2014 We caught the bus into Cambridge and spent the day exploring the attractive College building which are arranged along the River Cam. First a tourist office guide pointed out the things we need to look out for and then took us around Kings College Chapel (where the Christmas Eve Nine Lessons and Carols Service is held) and Trinity College including a walk around its library looking at various ancient documents. After lunch we did what every visitor to Cambridge has to do, have a punt along the river. The areas behind the colleges are called the Backs and are not open to the public so this is the only way to see many of the sights. A meal in a French restaurant finished a memorable day.... read more
A typical Cambridge street, the bikes are everywhere
Kings College and its chapel
The chapel is one of the most impressive religious buildings we have ever seen and was far larger than we had expected. Its outstanding features are the vaulted ceiling and extensive 15th century stained glass depicting the life of Christ




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