Sunday, June 10, 2012


 I left Gloucester accompanied by Kathy who was interested in walking the first part of the Severn Way out of town. Sadly it seemed little used and overgrown. I then pressed on alone but decided to take the nearby B road after tiring of the Severn Way. 


By doing so I stumbled upon numerous beautiful Tudor cottages, the Anglo Saxon Priory Church of St Mary founded in about 800 AD and the nearby Odda’s Chapel of 1056AD

Apart from everything else the Priory had some beautiful brasses I wish I’d had the time to take rubbing from.

I resumed the Severn Way all the way into Tewkesbury and almost bumped straight into the beautiful Bell Hotel with the Cathedral opposite. The Bell Hotel was offering high standard en-suite room for £30 B&B but with the weather then looking safe I felt obliged to check out the nearby campsite. The receptionist apologised for the £16 cost for a tent pitch (in spite of me telling him my tent was the size of a coffin) and I was relieved to reply that for an extra £14 I’d take the nearby offer of an en-suite hotel room and cooked breakfast.
My evening stroll round Tewkesbury revealed the most picturesque English town I have come across with almost every other building a Tudor beauty. My wandering also revealed more pubs and accommodation than I thought possible given the scarcity indicated elsewhere. As it was the Bell had 24 rooms, few of which were occupied.
My stroll down to the River Severn and adjacent canal revealed a beautiful water mill and dozens of lovely canal barges.
And the Cathedral rang out its bells for me.