Longleat Revisitied

On the way back from my visit to Bristol yesterday, I revisited Longleat. I last visited some 18 months ago and a few things were closed (the Monkeys has some disease and the Deers were rutting!) so I thought a revisit would be worthwhile.The first thing that has changed is the entrance, It is some miles away from where it was last time and as a result, there is a long drive before you reach the Safari Park.
LongleatThe good news is that the Monkey and Deer sections were now open.Continue reading “Longleat Revisitied”

Bristol – Brunel Walk

I decided to visit Bristol and see what it was like. My only previous experience of the city was the view of the industrial estates from the M5 and from various business trips to Aztec West over the years. So I had a fairly dim view of the place but I have also been meaning to visit it just to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge, so I planned a day out.

I downloaded a walk from the internet and started off at Temple Meads where there is a statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Hurst Castle and Keyhaven Marsh

Today didn’t quite work out as planned. I had scheduled a number of stops beginning with a walk around Keyhaven Marsh. When I arrived at Keyhaven I imediately saw the signs for the ferry to Hurst Castle and after a quick google on my iPhone I decided that it would be worth a visit.

Hurst Castle Ferry

The castle is located a mile and half out in the Solent at the end of Keyhaven Spit – it is midway between the mainland and the Isle of Wight.

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Off to the New Forest

I decided to book a few nights in a hotel in the New Forest this weekend. I’m staying in Lyndhurst – a nice town that desperately needs a by-pass.

Titchfield Abbey

On my way I made a couple of stops – first at Titchfield Abbey and then in Southampton.

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Here Comes Summer

OK, well not quite. Still this was the sunniest weekend of the year so far so I headed down to Hastings for the day.


Although it was sunny, it was no day for sitting on the beach – there was an icy wind blowing.

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