Members: Jon & Michelle, Visit the South West
completed our grand tour of the South West in the middle of September as planned.
We stayed at Lyme Regis first, arriving on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon.
We then moved on to Penzance, staying in an old victorian B&B overlooking
the bay. We chose a route across Dartmoor, but were a bit disappointed as most
of it was wooded, and didnt get to see much of the moorland. Tavistock
proved an interesting place to stop on the way for coffee and cake. We did a
bit of exploring, I went out to the Porthcurno telegraph museum one day leaving
Michelle to her shops and we also went to Newlyn Bay, Mousehole, Lands End,
Falmouth, Truro, and St Ives. We also went to Eden project, the picture of Michelle
was taken inside the tropical Geome at the Eden Project.
We then carried
onto Lynton, having to negotiate some interesting switchback junctions in
order to get up to Lynton from the main road! It would make agood place for
exploring Exmoor, but wed been here before so just enjoyed the peace
and quiet after the bustle of Penzance. We then trekked up the atlantic highway
and then onto our base in the
Cotswolds near Chipping Campden.
The roads in the
Cotswolds have some nice views, but everywhere has the air of Godshill.
We struggled a bit with the bike at the B&B too, stuck in the middle of
no-where on a blind bend and on steeply cambered road. with the promised flat
parking area 200 yards uphill on a dirt track. Theres a good pub in
Chipping Campden called the Lygon Arms, well worth stopping for. We stopped
in various places (Bourton on the water, Stowe on wold etc) but we didnt
think that much of the Cotswolds apart the scenery, so we shook the dust from
our boots and journeyed back to Island via the old Fosse Way. very scenic
route though not many bends.
We covered about
700 miles in all, and best of all, missed the rain whilst on the road on all
but one occasion.
Bourton on the water
Lyme Regis bay
St Michaels Mount
St Ives Harbour
St Michaels Mount
Tavistock Old Market
View from Penzance base 1
View from Penzance base 2
Waterfall in the Eden Project