Sadly though everyone had the same idea as us & went camping, which meant we couldn't get into any of our favourite campsites. But we were not going to disappoint our 3 little angels. So..... we day tripped.
We went to Barbury Castle for a lovely walk with the dogs. It's a great place where the kids can run safely. It's good for kite flying. Dogs do have to be on leads in the sheep field. We took our flask & treats with us & enjoyed a lazy time in the beautiful sunshine. We then whizzed home to light the barbie & share the evening with some good friends around the chiminea.
|Image - Barbury Castle|
By popular demand we took a trip to Monkey World in Wareham. If you haven't been, you really should. Whilst it is extremely sad to see these primates in captivity, it is also wonderful to know that they have been rescued & have been able to live a well cared for life here. Some of the stories are heartbreaking.
|Image - T&M tracking the route|
How can you resist?
|Image - Monkey World|
|Image - letters & carrots for The Easter Bunny!|
|Image - Yummy, Thank You Easter Bunny!|
We found ourselves heading to Symonds Yat. We had a lovely lunch at the hotel situated in the end car park in Symonds Yat East (for the life of me I cannot remember the name). We planned to go to the Saracen's Head Inn which seems to be the most popular one, so popular we couldn't get in. However, we enjoyed sitting in the hotel garden (of the one I can't remember) overlooking the River Wye. We then took the walk (with kids on bikes) from the carpark, through the woods (where there was an abundance of wild garlic), over the suspension bridge & back up the other side through the Biblins Youth Campsite (which looked pretty cool too) & up to Ye Olde Ferrie Inn - where we sat on their wooden balcony for a drink & crisps (Pimm's in my case). From there we caught the hand pulled ferry across the river & walked back up towards the Saracen's Head. Here we had some lovely ice-creams before starting our hike to Yat Rock. We didn't actually make it as far as Yat Rock but we did make it to the viewing point across the wooden bridge.
|Image - Suspension Bridge @ BYC|
|Image - view from viewing point en route to Yat Rock|
We didn't make it to the Seven Sisters Rock or King Arthurs Cave & we didn't spot a Peregrine Falcon - we'll be back for another visit soon!
We're on wind down mode now, not wanting to drive too far at the end of a bank holiday. A walk with our dogs around Coate Water. It was busy but a place to go if you're in the area & it's not a bank holiday!
We stopped off at the Royal Oak on the way home to the last bbq of the weekend before the weather turned colder!