Thursday, 27 June 2013

Shropshire to Worcestershire, now in Gloucestershire.

Yesterday, Wednesday 26th of June, was a last rest day until 4 days from the finish line, so Liz met up with her friend, and I toddled of to watch some cricket, and see the magnificent cathedral.

New Road Worcester, one of the most beautiful little cricket grounds in England, the place where many fine 100's were scored by the likes of Tom Graveney, Basil D'Oliveira, Glenn Turner and Graeme Hick, to name but 4 legends of Worcestershire cricketing fame. You will see the magnificent Worcester Cathedral in the distance.
Worcester Cathedral standing proudly over the Severn.

Looking from the grounds of Worcester Cathedral to the Severn.

A closer view of the beautiful Cathedral overlooking the Severn at Worcester.

St. Georges Chapel in the cathedral, where many brave soldiers from Worcestershire regiments are honoured.
The Cathedral really is magnificent, and is very worth visiting,

Apologies for a little blur on the pictures, it wasn't strictly allowed without a permit - sshh!!
and I had to do it quickly, and quietly!

The Crypt

So after an hour in the Cathedral, preceeded by a couple of hours watching cricket at New Road,


It was near enough time for a beer - Jayne's lovely butties had kept me going for two days,

so no food needed, just the liquid kind.

The fine establishment above is The Cricketers, a wonderful place for the lover of both the noble game, and fine ales, while chatting with like minded souls. Cricket memorabilia adorns the walls, with several references to Messrs Turner and Hick - both scored over one hundred 100's for Worcestershire County Cricket Club. The ales on offer are also very good - Brains and Doombar being the two I tried with fellow 'River Hiker' Greg, pictured here, after 2 or 3 ....
Greg was doing a 2 day hike around the area, also having a rest day at Worcester, and provided splendid company for 2 evenings, as well as a kind donation to the fund. Cheers Greg!
I myself finished off a rather good rest day at The Cap and Gown, just by our guest house, with a couple of pints of Old Hooky, lovely jubbly.
All in all, Worcester is very worth a visit, in my humble opinion.
So, today we left Worcester at 8.50 a.m. for the 20 mile plod alongside the river, all the way to Tewkesbury. Glorious sunshine accompanied us for most of what was a very pleasant, and easy stroll. Though the predicted rain did come for the last two hours, dagnabbit!!
The Bridge at Upton-upon-Severn.

The Severn looking calm in the morning sunshine.
So, a little wet, but not too fed up, we arrived in Tewkesbury in good time, around 4.30 p.m.,
now touching 700 miles!
Off to Littledean tomorrow, then Chepstow on Saturday.
Alec Hawkes  27.06.13

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