25 – 30 April 2012 – Rutland, Peterborough, Tewkesbury & Alcester.
Wednesday 25 April
The weather was pretty wet but we still managed to walk to 2 of the pubs in Greetham village.
( I know, it was a real chore ! )
The first was the Plough (good beers and recommended by Camra.) The food read nice & looked good but we didn’t try it. Would come again some time & try the food
The second was the Black Horse which had nice food that we ate but it did not quite live up to how it read on the menu. The beer was ok and we would go back.
The village was pretty and had a general store and also buses could be taken to Oakham from outside the Wheatsheaf pub.
After walking around the village and trying to dodge most of rain, we came back to the van & stayed rest of afternoon & evening chilling.
Thursday 26 April
We considered going to Oakham on the bus but it would have meant either 2 hours (too short) or 4 hours (too long) in Oakham.
Decided instead to walk part of the Viking way to Exton. A really beautiful village with thatched cottages and a good pub called the Fox & Hounds Inn. ( good beer & food read & looked good ). The Sun had definitely got its hat on today, Beautiful ! !
Arrived back in Greetham after 1.40 hours, about 4 1/2 miles.
Went into the Wheatsheaf pub which also had good beer and the food read nice again. managed to sit outside with the drinks (In the Sunshine) and arrived back at the van again just in time as the rain started again.
Had a Thai meal in the van and stayed there the rest of the evening.
Friday 27 April
We went to the Peterborough Motorhome show today. Weather still appalling. Managed to get around without getting too wet. (Good job a lot was inside ). It was a good show with hundreds of different vans & stalls. We bought some Silver Screen Thermal windscreen covers, Some awning sides, Awning Mat, Van Washer, & Gas piping, We became Caravan & Camping members and also MMM subscribers.
After the show we returned home temporarily & restocked van ready for our trip to Tewkesbury in the morning.
Saturday 28 April
Set off to Tewkesbury with Jane’s Mum & Dad Pat & Ann at 9.00, stopping for a hot drink in a Garden centre car park near Worcester and arrived in Tewkesbury at 12.30. Set up with hookup on a grass pitch having been warned that the river was very high and it may be necessary to move off if it became a lot higher.
Didn’t think a lot of Tewkesbury and would not bother coming back to the town. I don’t think it was just the rain that put us off.
We returned to “Cis” & played Canasta watching the rain continuing and many people leaving the site during the afternoon & evening
Sunday 29 April
We woke up & decided that we would look at moving on due to the crap weather. However we then didn’t get a choice as about 9.30 the camp-site staff told us we would have to evacuate as the river was rising outside the camp-site. ( Don’t Panic ! ! ) As we did so we helped a stranded Motorhome with my grip mats which was stuck in the mud. I used them myself with no problem and off we went.
We arrived there around 12.30 and played Canasta again in the van until we went in the pub for a meal around 6.00. The food was excellent and the beer good. When coming out of the restaurant it was dry and we finally saw some well deserved sunshine. Stopped the night in the car park where we once more had the windy & rainy weather to gently rock us to sleep. A couple of trees blew down in the night but luckily missed Us ( Whew ! ! )
We had some problems with the Gas boiler going out , it seems to not like having the gas burner on for drinks at the same time. Will have to get it sorted.
Monday 30 April
Went into Stratford and parked in a proper motorhome space in the park & ride car park at Bishopton, catching the bus into Stratford £1,50 return.
Walked & pushed Ann around in her chair for a few hours looking at the sights and architecture ( see not such a heathen after all ) & had coffee in a Cafe. Positioned Ann near the river but it failed to wash her away, seems like we’re stuck with her a little longer ! we returned to the van and headed back towards home. Stopped off at the Hobby Horse pub near Leicester on the bottom of the A46. Meal not bad & a good cheap price. Arrived back around 4.00 and emptied Cis before returning her into storage.
Rutland Caravan & Camping site – Greetham Rutland
2 modern clean & well appointed toilet blocks. Reception has general shop and staff friendly & knowledgeable of the local area. The site was very level with plenty of hardstanding. There is also an information point and laundry & usual waste disposal points. really enjoyed here and would definitely come back
Tewkesbury Abbey Camp site – Tewkesbury Gloucester (Caravan Club)
There was 3 Clean and ok toilet blocks but not as good a standard as Rutland. Staff were friendly and the site was a very close walk into Tewkesbury town centre. No hardstanding, only grass which was a problem due to excessive rain and the risk of getting bogged down. Would probably not come back.
The Stag at Redhill, Alcester, nr Stratford (Britstops)
Free stay, landlady happy to have us. No facilities except toilets in the Pub, however food excellent and is open for breakfast at 7.30. There is a a large car park and we parked away from main car park so was undisturbed. The pub however is next to the A46 which is a very busy road so there is a lot of road noise, but hey It was Free ! ! ( My favourite price being a Yorkshire man )