Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Bristol - June 2015

Saturday was our last full day in the city. It had been raining overnight (not that we heard much!) and was very overcast and drizzly in the morning.  Not that it stopped us of course.  We walked into the city again and this time went to the Old City, a lovely area full of really old buildings (including the market).  We then ventured into one of the many shopping centres for a coffee before heading back out to explore the harbour area where we had a picnic lunch sat along the harbour side before catching a water taxi back to the site.  We spent an hour or so on site and then walked back into the city across the other side of the water (where you get a much better view of the SS Great Britain).  We then found a lovely Indian restaurant for our meal that evening in Hotwells. 

Another great weekend away.  We are only sorry that we hadn't used the site before, as we'd love to go back to Bristol.  There is so much to see and do, we hardly scratched the surface and we walked miles!

Pembrokeshire is calling in a few weeks time.  Hope the summer has arrived to stay by then.  Keep everything crossed for us!

Bristol - June 2015

Friday was an overcast morning but still very warm.  We were up and about early ready to explore more of the city.  Once again we walked in along the waterside.  We walked through the park, past the cathedral and onto our first stop the Cabot Tower that sits high above the city overlooking it.  Neither of us are great with heights so weren't brave enough to climb the tower for the view from the top!!!  From there we headed to the museum side of the city (where we spotted a Banksy!) for a much needed coffee.  We then walked around the science museum area where we spent the rest of the day mooching around before wandering back to the site for the afternoon and evening (which we spent in the pub next to the site with some fellow Auto Trailers who had pitched opposite us!).


Bristol - June 2015

Two weekends in a row away, not unheard of but quite rare (although I for one would like to change that!).

We had pre-booked the Bristol CC site (Baltic Wharf) back in December 2014, knowing it's the only way to get into this very popular little site.  It hasn't helped this year as it's sadly due to close at the end of August (the local council seem to think that a new primary school will bring in more money for the local economy???!!). 

We arrived late afternoon to lovely, warm sunshine and once pitched up we had a quick bite to eat and then walked into the city along the waterfront (the site provide a 'back gate' right onto the waterfront at Baltic Wharf).  It was a lovely evening and the city was packed, full of people sat outside eating, drinking, socialising and generally enjoying the great weather.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Sneaky Un-expected Trip - Sidmouth, South Devon - June 2015

Not having had a camper trip since early May (although we had had a fantastic 10 days in the Lake District in a beautiful cottage so I'm not complaining!!) we were getting itchy feet.

We had only planned and booked one long weekend trip away in June so with the forecast looking good, and nothing exciting planned during the first weekend in June, we got together with some friends from Poole on a site virtually mid-way for all of us....the lovely CC site at Putts Corner, near Sidmouth in south Devon.

We arrived Friday afternoon and just chilled on site reading.  Our friends arrived later that evening so it was off to the local, where I had booked a table for the evening.  A good time has had by all, especially us girls sampling their guest cider, Old Rosie's with rhubarb (and glorious it was too!).

It was just a 2 night stay so we all wanted to make the most of our only real full day (Saturday) so we set up our bikes (they have power assisted bikes too, which is very handy!) and headed off out for the day.  We biked directly from the site down, what we call, the forest road where there are fantastic viewpoints overlooking Ottery St Mary and the south Devon countryside.  From there we biked through Sidbury, a pretty village full of 'chocolate box' thatched cottages and a lovely church.  We were then lucky to find a new bike trail/path that took us through a lovely park in Sidford right down to the seafront at Sidmouth, where we sat outside a cafĂ© drinking coffee and people watching.

From the seafront we wandered through the small, but busy, town where we picked up some supplies for a picnic in the park, sat next to the river, on the return leg.

We took a slightly different route back up to the site and the hill was a killer!  Even with power assisted bikes we all had to get off and walk (normal for me!).  We did 19 miles that day.  We had a few hours on site to 'rest' and shower before heading back to the local pub that evening (where sadly they had run out of the rhubarb cider!) where we enjoyed another lovely meal with our friends.

Sunday morning came around all too quickly and after packing up and spending some time with our friends it was time to head home again.  Why do so called long weekends go so quickly?

I only took my camera out with us on Saturday so there are not many photos this time!

We're off again this weekend to Bristol (Baltic Wharf CC site), a first visit for us.