Roadtrip through the Cotswolds and Gloucestershire

My friend has barely moved into her new home in Gloucestershire and yet after wangling an invite I have already visited her in her new abode drinking Prosecco from tumblers and sleeping amongst the packing cases.

She has a lovely house in a nice village but that's not really what I'm writing about. I wanted to remind people who might have (like me)  forgotten how much fun a road trip can be.

Never mind Route 66 - try the A40 in the UK!

To be fair it helps that I actually enjoy driving, especially when I have the roof down on my little dented convertible with its funky black and red leather seats and trim.

When I made the trip to Gloucestershire it was a sunny afternoon and even stuck in traffic I enjoyed the warmth of the sun on my face and the sound of the birds singing. The smell of petrol and diesel and exhaust fumes I could have done without to be honest.....

I was on my own so was able to select my own dreadful choice of music and treated pedestrians I passed to enthusiastic sing-a-longs.  I tolerated the hissing and crackling of the loss of local radio stations until I could hear no more and hit the "search" button to find the next one.

I was like a child in a toy shop, being distracted by a number of temptations along the way. Ooh look - an antique shop, a cafe, a pretty lay-by with an amazing view, a gift shop, another antique shop....

There were any number of intriguing brown signposts - for non-UK readers these direct to tourist attractions or services. Churches, beauty spots, parkland, historical site. It seems the Cotswolds is jam-packed with things for curious folk to see.

Some things I filed away for future exploration like the fascinating Crocodiles of the World - a crocodile conservation and education centre. And my head whipped round as I drove past an encampment on the side of the road including a caravan or wagon of some sort advertising Mushroom Paul. There seemed to be a range of large wooden mushrooms on the grass so I'm guessing Paul is an artist with a keen interest in carving mushrooms.

Occasionally I would glimpse a vast horizon across to the Black Mountains, sometimes I would marvel at the "tree tunnels" I drove through where no sunlight could penetrate the leaf cover.

It was a great reminder that there are some simply breathtakingly beautiful areas in our overcrowded country and sometimes all you have to do is drive.

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  1. I would love your road trip too, my dream is to one day have a convertible not a people carrier and enjoy thrips like this. #whatsthestory

    1. We swapped our 9-seater for a 7 seater and my convertible (just about 4 seats) practically as soon as my older boys left home!

  2. Fancy visiting the Cotswolds and not popping in to see me or picking my brains for some sights to see!

    1. To be fair it was a flying visit! Waiting for actual invitation.....


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