Sunday, 12 May 2019

Cali has been to Blackshaw Moor and Broadway

After visiting our families we headed to Blackshaw Moor Caravan Club Site for three nights.  When we lived in Newcastle-under-Lyme this used to be our weekend site, but we've not visited for over 20 years!  Other than the trees are a lot more mature, the site was just how we remembered it.

After arriving and having a walk around the site, we had a lazy Sunday afternoon with the papers.  On Monday morning we walked from the site to Tittesworth Reservoir and took the smaller of the circular walks.

Tittesworth Reservoir

We only had a short walk as we visited the Three Horseshoes to meet friends for a couple of drinks before all heading back to Cali for the afternoon.

Pitch 79 Blackshaw Moor

On Tuesday we did one of our favourite walks - walking from the site across The Roaches to Lud's Church.  The walk was just as we remembered it, and the views were just as spectacular, but it was awful to see the blackened ground on The Roaches after last August's huge fire.

From Roaches towards Tittesworth Reservoir

Lud's Church

On Wednesday we packed up at Blackshaw Moor in torrential rain and headed for the Broadway Caravan Club Site in the Cotswolds.  This was another site we visited when we had our first caravan - about 25 years ago.

The weather was still very wet on Thursday so we bought two Day Rover tickets for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.  The first train from Broadway was a diesel railcar which we took to Toddington.  After looking around the exhibitions and having some lunch we caught the steam train to Cheltenham Racecourse (currently the end of the line) and once they had got steam up, we took the same train back to Winchcombe.  We then caught the railcar back to Broadway - the last train of the day.  It was a lovely day out and highly recommended too.

35006 'Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co'

Class 117 Diesel Railcar

The sun finally tried to come out on Friday so we did a circular walk from the site to Broadway Tower and then to Snowshill Manor.  Snowshill Manor is a National Trust house and garden and although we didn't visit either on this occasion we did have a pot of tea (using our discount voucher for not taking a car to the venue) before returning to Broadway.

From top of Broadway Tower looking South West

On Saturday we spent the morning walking around the shops in Broadway and then back to the site to enjoy the afternoon sun.  The sun finally came out on Sunday morning so we sat outside Cali before packing up at lunchtime to return home as Steve was at work on Monday.

Pitch 48 Broadway

A lovely week in Cali visiting two sites in beautiful walking country.  Both are sites we want to return to next year.

5-12 May 2019

1 comment:

  1. Hi Kath, Glad you managed to dodge the rain and enjoyed the area.

    When I lived in Hook Norton, on the edge of the start of the Cotswolds, I went in Broadway Tower. Did you go in the tower? they have some nice displays, especially liked the William Morris display.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Sue

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