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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Lechlade September 5th 2019

5 September 2019, Thursday Day 4 Thames Path, Lechlade to Tadpole Bridge, day 20 of travel Riverside Inn with its paddle boat swans as well as live swimming swans was our start for the day. Across the bridge and along the pasture we walked. The Halfpenny Bridge toll booth is right on the bridge at the Riverside Inn. One of the few remaining historic toll booths but no longer a toll bridge. Traffic is busy on these one lane bridges controlled by traffic lights. After a short walk we come to St John's Lock. This is now the resting place of Father Thames statue. We cross and pass several bridges, some are made of wood, others are made of stone. As we pass through the fields and meadows we also come across the first of the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Lechlade September 4th 2019

4 September 2019, Wednesday Day 3 of Thames path, Crichlade to Lechlade. Day 19 of travel. After a good dinner and night's rest at the Red Lion Inn, we set out about 0945, from Crichlade, only to have a gent on his way to Bergen, Norway, correct our errant way. Michael Queen, from Houston, has joined our band of four for this day. Michael is following the Thames Path via an app on his iPhone so he is sort of leading us on our way. We pass houses with beautiful flowers in their gardens. Today is sunny with billowy clouds as we trek across the fields. Now the Thames river is beginning to show the flow of the water. We pass a field of corn along the banks of the Thames and many unusual flowers growing ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester September 3rd 2019

3 September 2019, Tuesday Day 18 of travel, day 2 on Thames Path, Ewen to Crichlade. After breakfast at the Thames Head Inn we took the taxi to Ewen, where we started our walk along the Thames Path. This is where we had left off yesterday. The walk was across grassy meadows and fields, dodging left and right, as the the river snaked its way through the valley. We passed by some stately Cotswold stone homes and fences. This stone is a creamy yellow colour. There are beautiful flowers in the gardens and along the path. The river through here is only a small ripple of water and pools. We came to our first mini weir and several groups of swans. The partially cloudy sky provided some great reflection of the trees and clouds where the ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Cirencester September 2nd 2019

2 September 2019, Monday Thames Path day 1 We found our way cross the fields to the source of the Thames. Very dry. The source consists of a stone monument and a sign for the Thames path as well as a circle of stones showing the spring that occasionally has water as a source of the Thames. We were almost to Ewen before we saw the first puddles of water in pools where the Thames normally would flow. But today was nice and a walk was lovely. At the closed Wild Duck Inn we called for a taxi and went into Cirencester. Here we came for a restaurant and view the old Roman City. The taxi left us at the Fleece restaurant where we had lunch. When visited a bank and the pharmacy to pick up ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester October 6th 2018

I’d forgotten how quaint a double bed could be, especially in a poky, “under the eaves” room! But I’m pleased to say that breakfast at this disappointing place was delightful, even though the drizzle outside tried to dampen our spirits. We set off for the north western bank of the Severn River, to a village called Aylburton, where Tom’s 7xG grandparents (William Jones & Anne Prifford) lived at the time his 6xG grandmother (Anne Jones) was born In 1695. We continued on then to Lydney, to church of St Mary the Virgin, where William & Anne had married in 1684, young Anne was baptised in 1695, and then where she marries Henry Imm in 1725 and their baby Mary (Tom’s 5G grandmother) was baptised in 1730. We know it was the same church because the burials ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester October 5th 2018

What a roller coaster of a day. We started with a lovely cooked Derbyshire breakfast in the breakfast room, and then packed up and checked out of the lovely inn. It started life as a farmhouse before 1850, then became a brewery and then an ale house. We had a long drive down to Gloucester where we first went to the church of St Nicholas where one of Tom’s 4xG grandfather’s had been buried. The church is no longer in use, all locked up (with the key obtainable at the local museum, but we’re not here for that long). I suspect the flats next door to the church are probably built on the original churchyard. We drove on then to St Swithun’s in Hempsted, the location of the burial of Tom’s 3xG grandfather, but the graveyard ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Tewkesbury July 24th 2018

Time - it's that funny old thing. You cannot buy it. You cannot barter for it. It slips through your fingers like grains of sand. It moves at its own pace. Sometimes quickly. Othertimes painfully slow. Looking back at time it is hard to work out what you did with it and where it went to. As you get older you appreciate it more, you accept that you only have a limited time and look back like the song a little in anger at what time you have not used productively. This year has proved that time does indeed fly. One minute we were thinking about Christmas, putting up the tree and clearing the snow. Our thoughts were on our next holiday in the sun. The start of another year of travel. February arrived and with ... read more
Tewkbury Abbey
Norman Columns
a glimpse of the roof

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Thornbury April 4th 2018

More driving around Cornwall today (no, we haven't done enough(?)). Headed first for Port Isaac - where Doc Martin is filmed, but can't get near the town, cars not allowed. (Maurice decided to walk down the hill for a closer look.) Then on to Padstow, where Rick Stein has his restaurant, cooking school and fish & chip shop. And just like all the other seaside villages, there is nowhere to park. They all seem to have a park and ride facility (with a car park on the edge of town), but they only seem to operate in summer. All of these little villages have been really crowded, I guess it is English school holidays, but it is cold! Hate to see what they would be like in summer. Eventually, Maurice drops Kate & I off, and ... read more
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Thornbury Castle
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Gloucestershire » Gloucester September 13th 2017

I awoke to another sunny morning, although the Welsh Gate Inn owner said the rain was heavy during the evening, as was the winds. Nothing noticed on my end, as I seem to sleep well after 100km rides, up and down hills, and the wind, and rain. While sitting at the restaurant window having breakfast, I spied a steady stream of vehicles with one or two student passengers on their way to school. Each passenger appeared to be zoned out or looking resigned to the prospects of another school day ahead. I managed to get on an old repurposed rail line, but I had to make a slight detour, as I was routed to a bridge crossing about 60ft above, but with sheer walls on each side below and no trail link, that wasn't going to ... read more


The Cotswolds deserve their reputation. Everything you've heard about them is probably true, even the cliche's! Yes they are quintessentially English, they are post card picturesque, they are the playground for the well to do and the 'Champagne Charlies' from the cities, the are quaint, charming and really quite beguiling and yes every village does serve cream teas, pork pies, fish and chips, pasties (which they pronounce nothing like we don't!) and ice-creams but not all at once! From Chipping Campden via Stow on the Wold, Long Compton and Little Compton, Upper Slaughter and Lower Slaughter to Bourton on the Water Even the place names are enchanting! Apart from not being able to see over the hedgerows for half the journey the drive is delightful. We keep off the main arterial roads which means frequent 'disorientations' ... read more
Chipping Campden. Probably my favourite Cotswold village.
Bourbon on the Water. Second favourite?
Chipping Campden Main Street.




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