An English road trip


We enjoyed our 3 days in Cowes at a fabulous B&B, the North House. When we were not enjoying their hospitality we spent our time wandering around the harbour, visiting yacht clubs and searching for small treasures in the nautical shops. The best find was a folding teak table that can be used either outside on the back deck or in the salon of our boat.

Another great find was a nautical shop run by a trust that is raising funds to complete the replica of King George’s Britannia. Not just a shop, more like a museum as it contains some of the artifacts from the original Britannia.

The hull of the new Britannia waiting on the Solent to be rigged and fitted out
Osbourne house, Queen Victoria’s home in Cowes

From Cowes back on the car ferry and to another sailing port, Lymington. We only stayed one night, which was a blessing as our room in the b&b was in the roof area, with no air conditioning and in the heat wave that the UK is experiencing, just stifling.

Boat cleaning in Lymington

We drove to Bristol via Salisbury and a visit the cathedral.

Salisbury cathedral

We arrived to n Bristol in the middle of a pride festival. Very entertaining but our highlight was a visit to the Great Britain, Brunell’s famous iron ship which was the pre curser to the era of ocean liners.

The hull of the Great Britain
And the stern

Next stop was Cardiff. I couldn’t say this was one of our great destinations, though Cardiff castle was a highlight. It was also interesting to see the bay and the locks that regulated the extreme tide. Other than that there was very little else to recommend Cardiff.

Cardiff castle
The gothic revival interior of Cardiff castle
The tidal locks at Cardiff bay

Only two hours away was the book town of Hay on Wye and of course a must go to place for Peter. We stayed at a lovely b&b,The Swan , and that night going to the bar we found the only 5 customers were all Aussies from Melbourne. One of the guests was Peter Lowe, who had the Ferrari dealership for Australia.  The 2 Peters enjoyed a lively conversion down memory lane especially the history of peters Ferrari an another he nearly purchased.

Hay on Wye

our final destination was stoke on Trent and our nearly finished boat. 4 days were spent ferrying our goods from helens barn, unpacking and setting up house. Exhausting, I think I need a holiday!!!

One response to “An English road trip”

  1. Angela Woodman Avatar
    Angela Woodman

    Hi Karen and Peter, we have been enjoying following your holiday adventures, and the progress of your barge. How exciting it is, ready for launching. It looks beautiful and big and comfortable. Enjoy! Regards Angela and Paul.
    P.S. we are currently at Airlie Beach, having enjoyed the WhitSunday for a number of weeks. Looking forward to doing some racing at Airlie Beach and Magnetic Island.


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