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Rob and Julias First Run

27th September 2011




For the last run of the season, the weather was very kind to us, with lovely sunshine and warm winds.  Due to the dark evenings approaching an early get away was the order of the day with first car away just before 5.30pm.






The route took in many narrow country roads where you could enjoy the changing season and some lovely views.  All managed to negotiate the route map with its ‘alternative’ section and most tried the ‘Option’ route which took them up a very narrow and steep 1:5 hill, just to test your car handling, luckily all that tried succeeded. One of our throng winged a bit but then became elated as Meryll had succeeded where Bubbles hadn’t !!







The route passed though North Nibley with its monument to William Tyndale who translated the New Testament into English and were also lucky to see all the scarecrows in the village after the annual village scarecrow event. Did you spot, Homer Simpson, Wills and Kate and the horse and rider plus lots of others?  I think the cyclist scared a few!



The route then meandered down to the Vale of Berkeley where you travelled along very close to the river Severn, although being low down would not have actually spotted it, then along to drive next to the famous medieval deer park of Berkeley Castle (venison from the estate can be purchased locally) and on into Berkeley itself passing the castle (the Berkeley family have lived in the castle for 850 years making it the oldest lived in castle in England).  The Berkeley’s once owned land from Berkeley Castle to Berkeley Square in London, sorry - our local history. Also the Edward Jenner museum of smallpox fame is situated in Berkeley.

The Salmon in Wanswell did us proud with most meals arriving together but unfortunately due to the beautiful weather the pub was very well frequented on the evening which meant three had to wait a while, but I think all will agree the food was worth waiting for and provided all with a relaxed and enjoyable finish to a great last run of the year, roll on April….. 

Rob and Julia




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