Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Wednesday, 2 June 2010


Actually, although mostly old, it's not that remarkable a place. However, it's a convenient place to stay, being equidistant from both Stratdord-upon-Avon and the glorious Cotswolds.
Ah, but on the edge of Bideford, within easy walking distance of the town centre, I found a lovely pub to stay in.
Broom Hall Inn is a sixteenth century inn, and very attractive.

Blakeney sits almost on the border of England and Wales, squeezed between the Severn Estuary and the Forest of Dean. The only noteworthy things about it, are its location, (handy for touring the Forest of Dean, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons) and a very nice pub called the Cock Inn!

The water in question, is the River Windrush, which flows through the middle of the village. It is regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England. As well as the beauty of the place, with its old houses in the warm honey-coloured local stone, there are several visitor attractions, including a bird park, model village, motor museum and dollshouse museum. It's also well supplied with cafes and restaurants.

This became the country's first National Forest Park in 1938. If you're driving through it, beware of the sheep laying in the middle of the road. It has an excellent visitor centre, situated not far from Blakeney.

From Roman times through the industrial revolution and well into the 20th century
Lydney Harbour has been a cornerstone of the River Severn’s heritage.
The Severn Estuary is one of the UK’s national heritage jewels, known the world over for its massive tidal range and internationally important habitat, but even more so for its history of exporting and as one of the UK’s principle sea links to the rest of the world.

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