Well not much point in looking forward to a late get up at Chapel Lane site – the world and his dog all up and moving off site at 6.15 am. So as our plans for a lazy morning were scuppered we decided to head out early for some sight seeing.
Stratford Upon Avon seemed a good plan as a Park And Ride on the edge of town. We get there and there is a height barrier. Popped into the office to ask them to let us in – no can do. Explained we wanted to visit town and not take camper in and guy gives me a postcode for Sat Nav so we can park in town at the river. Seems odd to send traffic in but hey ho. Follow Sat Nav and car park has weight restriction of 2 ton – blast. Next door a private carppark on marina and its £8 – a bit over the top but by now just want to get out and see town so we coughed up.
From marina we walked over the river and up through town. Have to say very impressed with how well its kept, independent shops were lovely, plenty of ye olde worlde tea shoppes and loads of beautiful boutiques. Wandered up to the birthplace of Shakespeare and about to go in when we saw it was £18 each, as if! Peeled Iain off the floor and leant over the railings and took a couple of photos before heading back to the river for a coffee stop (with panetone as no scones).
We then visited the ‘very cobbled street Shakespeare walked (and tripped) on’ for free. But we were surprised that there is as much ‘Shakespeare was ‘ere’ as we imagined. The river walks are beautiful and it was busy with school parties heading over to the theatre and picnicking by the river. It was busy for a weekday in March, it must be heaving come summer so glad we saw it off season.
From there it was an hour to Oxford and we are now on the C&CC site on the edge of the city. There have been floods here recently so they have pitched everyone on the roadways around the site, it isn’t a problem at all as plenty of space. Nice little site behind a Go Outdoors store so we spent an hour having a browse but didn’t buy anything. From here there is a bus into town from the site entrance or its a 20 minute walk to the city centre along the river.
Weather is very warm today, enough for Iain to be sat outside the van with his newspaper a bit earlier. Blue skies all around and fingers crossed its with us now for the weekend.
Tomorrow Oxford – we have a map, a vague lists of places to see and a stunt kite shop to find.
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