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Cheltenham Bus Station

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    • Day1

      Cheltenham - Town

      March 20, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

      Cheltenham stands on the River Chelt, a tributary of the River Severn, and is a spa town (mineral springs were discovered there in 1716); it claims to be the most complete Regency town in Britain - there are tree-lined promenades and parks surrounding its several spas (these are covered in a separate post).

      Starting at Royal Crescent, a terrace of 18 houses, we walk to and along the Promenade which was built at the height of the Regency Period; tree-lined and beautiful, it is flanked by the Long Gardens and contains the popular modern statue called "The Hare and the Minotaur" as well as an older statue of Edward Wilson, an Antarctic explorer, and the imposing War Memorial.  At the end of the Promenade is the amazing Neptune Fountain, which was modelled on the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

      This leads to the Montpellier district, now a trendy bar area with a rotunda building.  Around the corner and backing onto the Imperial Gardens is Cheltenham Town Hall, an early-20th century and Grade II listed assembly rooms building; it is a public venue and not the seat of the borough council, which is housed in the nearby Municipal Offices.  We pass Cheltenham College, a famous Victorian public school (English independent day and boarding school) and a number of other regency buildings on the walk round the town

      Cheltenham Minster, St Mary's is the only surviving medieval building in Cheltenham, and has been in continuous use for 850 years.  A short walk from this is the Brewery Quarter, Cheltenham's hub of leisure attractions, restaurants, bars and shops.
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    • Day1

      Cheltenham - Parks and Spas

      March 20, 2022 in England ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

      There are several parks in Cheltenham.

      The Imperial Gardens are located just off the Promenade, at the rear of Cheltenham Town Hall, and are flanked by extensive Regency facades, with Regency terrace townhouses encompassing the other three sides.  In the Gardens there is a signpost that points to towns which are twinned with Cheltenham worldwide, as well as a full size bronze statue of Gustav Holst as the centrepiece of a fountain surrounded by octagonal plinths depicting the planets (Holst was born in Cheltenham).

      Behind the Imperial Gardens are the Montpellier Gardens and east of this is Sandford Park; this has one of the largest outdoor pools in England as well as several monuments and fountains of interest. 

      Heading back into town and walking north up Winchcombe Street takes us to Pittville Park; this is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent Pittville Pump Room and two lakes.  We enter via the Pittville Gates and walk through Pittville Lawn, which is flanked by beautiful Regency houses, to reach the Park; overlooking the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes is the Pittville Pump Room, the jewel of Cheltenham’s Regency architecture and the grandest survival of the town’s many spa buildings.
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    • Day8

      Dowdeswell to Birdlip, June 6

      June 6, 2018 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Yep, another cool start and the food for breakfast was yummy. Out hostess told us about her son...he was in the army and stationed at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Left his kids in England at an international school with grandma as guardian. Tough on the kids, but Europeans tend to do more of that than Americans...at least it seems so to me.

      The taxi was a few minutes late, but he whisked us away and we arrived at the trailhead in short order. The trail started heavily uphill through trees that bordered Lineover Wood (think old growth forest). A very pretty area, the climb was steep, and the field to the left of us was full of sheep. We had magnificent views of the surrounding area from the escarpment (think ridgeline of the Blue Ridge Mountains). We thoroughly enjoyed the hike, stopping three times for refreshment, the first at a converted bus. It had six tables and a full kitchen. So here's the story. We were on the trail walking along a field separated from the road by thick bushes when a break occurred and I glimpsed two men eating. Not sure where they were eating as the bus was not totally visible, but a sign soon appeared advertizing the Cotswold Diner. Well, we bounced off the trail and slid into a seat to enjoy a cup of coffee and a muffin (no scones). Nice break!

      The second break was after Leckhampton Hill where we just missed the Devil's Chimney which was at an old quarry. This was a bistro located at a school for the handicapped and Arlene had carrot and cumin soup while I thought I was ordering a parfait, but what I got were three small balls of ice cream and a cookie. Something about English that makes it a difficult language to learn...but perhaps one day.

      Our walk continued towards Crickley Hill which is the site if a Neolithic period camp. This was one of the most interesting sites along the walk. Building sites were located and I wish we had more time to explore, but Birdlip was calling us and the Royal George Hotel had all of our luggage. The day had turned out pretty warm; the end of the walk seemed inviting. So the third break occurred after Crickley Hill and at the Air Balloon. Wine and a Guinness made for an excellent break and that provided the horsepower for the rest of the walk.

      The Royal George was a pleasant sighting upon leaving the woods (and me asking for directions).

      Enjoy the pictures.

      Dinner was sole wrapped in prosciutto and veggies with sticky toffee pudding for dessert.
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    • Day572

      Cheltenham

      December 17, 2019 in England ⋅ ☁️ 5 °C

      A travelling day - we woke up to thick mist, minus 4 temperatures and a heavy frost on the ground. We gingerly moved westwards to pick up the M6 southbound - arriving in Cheltenham mid afternoon. Temperature picked up as we travelled to a high of 4 deg C and as we came off the high ground the mist cleared.
      We took the bus to Gloucester, a city that we had been to before, for a brief visit. It is a place that reminded us of Middlesbrough but this one has a very grand Cathedral. We stumbled across the Tailors Shop which was the inspiration for a Beatrix Potter story.
      The docks have been re-purposed to provide an outlet shopping and general recreation/eating centre. We didn't linger and took the bus back all the way into Cheltenham which showed itself to be a very elegant Regency town. We walked into
      the town the following day to enjoy a light lunch with Clive at the SoHo cafe. It was great to catch up with ha news. He had arrived in England 2 days before, and is spending Christmas over here - very much hoping that our next grandchild will arrive whilst he is here.
      On Friday we travelled 2 miles across town to stay with James and Clair, old friends from Chandlers Ford, at their house in Charlton Kings. We enjoyed a brilliant afternoon and evening in their company with a lot of family catching up. Many thanks to J and C for their hospitality. The Pig Cheek casserole was delicious and the breakfast a treat.
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      We had last weekend at Broadway campsite in the Motor Home whilst Pam watched horses at Cheltenham. It's a nice site, open all year. Hope the weather picks up.

      12/19/19Reply
      Traveler

      Hi Roland and Pam - we are at Briarsfield which is good too. Compliments of the season to you and yours and wishing you all a peaceful new year

      12/19/19Reply
       

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