We’ve been championing the “staycation” at Drew over the past year; Stephen to the Peak District, Elle to Cheshire and the South West, while I’ve visited Cambridge and Yorkshire.
As the sun came out it was time for another adventure; we decided to cycle from Bristol to Glastonbury festival this year, with a few extra days to explore some of Bristol and Somerset. So out came the tent, roll mats and panniers, the bikes were booked on the train and we were off!
Here were our top attractions of the week:
Bristol has a rich heritage based around the sea and the docks are a wonderful place to wonder around.
The SS Great Britain, Brunel’s amazing, game-changing steam ship dubbed ‘The greatest experiment since the creation’ when she was first launched in 1843, is now a museum bringing to life the ship as she was.
The displays are wonderful, set up as they would have been in the day, complete with smells of what it would have been like! Grab an audio guide to get the full experience.
Another perfect little day trip was to take the steam train from Bishops Lydeard to Dunster and visit the amazing Dunster Castle, which was occupied from Norman times up until the 1970s and as a building has gone through many transformations. Beautiful gardens and a great house you can even have a go in the billiards room!
A former railway line that cuts across the South West, some sections are now open as a public cycle way, we joined the route at Yatton and headed over to Cheddar and the famous Cheddar Gorge. Ten gorgeous miles of relatively flat, road free cycling take you through woods, tunnels, fields and the famous Thatcher’s Cider farm; a wonderful way to spend a sunny day.