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