No France holidays last autumn due to sitting around waiting for a new motorhome, which arrived just as it was too late to go there, what with everything shutting down. Although we managed a few trips to Birmingham in it before the end of 2019, it was January this year before we got to go on anything resembling an actual holiday. Birmingham, Bristol, and Moreton in Marsh made up the itinerary, so not that much of a holiday, but better than nothing.
Of course the weather was rubbish so we took the chance to have another wander around the SS Great Britain, which was free as it was less than a year when we last visited. A few more pictures, then.
Across the river on the way to the ship
Random store room on Board the SS Great Britain
A tub inside a tub
The end of this little trip. Returned to Birmingham for a couple of days before going home.
Hopefully in France this time next year.
Made it to Tewkesbury. Pouring with rain on arrival and got soaked pitching up. Once settled we noticed we had picked a disabled pitch and had to relocate, so even more drenched.
Nice place, but no use this time due to the rain.
We wanted to go to Tewksbury but it was full, so booked into the site at Cirencester instead. Took the most obvious route along the A419, which is an utterly dreadful road. We won’t be going on that one again.
Cirencester is nice, but on the Wednesday it rained cats and dogs. Nicer on Thursday and great pizzas at the campsite for dinner.
St John the Baptist, Cirencester
We didn’t want to be travelling too far on a Friday before a bank holiday, especially around the West Country and M5. We found a campsite at Slimbridge a few miles up the road so we went for it.
Tudor Caravan Park is a very nice site with a pub next door and a cafe across the road. However, unless you fancy paying lots of money to look at otters, ducks and other similar animals at the local wildlife trust, there is very little to do.
Swans on the canal
We went round the SS Great Briton which is a very cool ship. There is nothing amazing about it in this day and age, but it was built in 1843 and was in service for 90 years. It was the first of just about everything in anything of this scale – propeller driven, iron hull, and the Cutty Sark, elsewhere in this blog was built at around the same time.
SS Great Britain
Madman up a mast – he paid money to get to do this
Then we went to the flight museum at Flinton, which was a little bit of a let down. It has a Concorde which is great, but it could do with another hanger with more planes to make it better value.
Obviously we also visited the Clifton Suspension bridge:
Clifton Suspension Bridge
Back to Wythall to embark on a couple of weeks around the west country. The club site at Bristol is stupidly hard to book as it is small and popular, so finding six free nights was too good to miss.
Bank holiday weekends means classic bus trips at the transport museum at Wythall, next door to the campsite. We went on a green Routemaster for a trip to Maypole island and back:
Routemaster to Maypole
Here is another nice old bus:
Another nice old bus
Day four in Cheltenham and it has finally stopped raining. It is still freezing and windy but at least the sun is out, so after a few days tramping round the shops, off we go to Gloucester to see the docks:
Gloucester docks basin
Gloucester docks Warehouses
Gloucester docks Signpost
On the subject of the Falkirk Wheel, here it is.
Late evening and it is pouring with rain again. Tomorrow we head for Birmingham, with high wind warnings and threats of snow and hail. Great.
Boring journey pouring with rain, mostly along the A40:
We planned to go to the nearby Asda to stock upon food and drink, but no chance, the place was packed with not much room to park a vehicle like ours, and no doubt crazy queues at the checkouts.