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Teddy Bears Picnic

23rd July 2017

This year the route for the Teddy Bears Picnic run started from the beautiful Crickley Hill Country Park. The view across the Severn vale is stunning, even on a somewhat cloudy day it was well worth the £1 parking fee which goes to the Gloucestershire Wild Life Trust. About 11 cars turned up and after enjoying the view members crowded in to the café for a welcome coffee.


The route took us to the top of Birdlip Hill and through Cranham Woods. In the centre of Painswick a sharp right turn took us on to narrow lanes, up over the top and down to the A38 South of Gloucester. I heard no complaints of meeting oncoming traffic so assume everyone got through OK. The route then crisscrossed the canal and followed close to the River Severn, eventually following the Perryway out of Frampton to cross back over the A 38, up over the hill and down into Nailsworth. Here we took on the steep climb up to Minchinhampton Common where Trev was waiting to welcome us with the gazebo all set up.


 

We lost some and gained some cars but 10 arrived. The youngest amongst us must have been my one year old Granddaughter Marni who had a great time crawling over the dried cow pats. I won’t go into who was the oldest there but would mention that the youngest navigator was John Fisher’s 12 year old son. So once again we had a good spread of generations and hopefully helped to further the classic car cause.

 

 


The rain held off until we were just leaving and then it poured down. Well done Trev, hope you didn’t get too wet taking down the gazebo.

Peter

 

 

 

 

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