Just after we realized that we are going to have a really long weekend available to spend around, we bought two cheap ticket to Bristol, rented a car and got excited :).
This was also a good opportunity to meet a friend of mine and use his lovely book Wild Guide South West.
So we packed our backpack as usually, and jumped on that flight. I also used this trip to give a first real use test to the Crumpler Light and Delight Backpack, that I used as a poach for my camera in the main backpack and as a day hike backpack during the trip.
We spent the first day and a half around Bath, where my friend lives. We dined at the Hope Pole Inn were I had a great cheeseburger made with local foraged meat.
Then we head south, following the suggestion of our friend and his book, but first we stopped at Glastonbury (yes, I used to be an avid Marion Zimmer Bradley reader).
We walked thought the nice but quite “turisty” streets, feeling the surreal atmosphere of the town. We visited the nice ruin of the Abbey and searched and found the Gog and Magog. Two ancient oak tree that is supposed to be more than 2000 years old. Before leave we hiked a hill to get to the famous Tor.
The weather turn really bad, so we went back to the car. Driving on the A30 south, we get stuck in a traffic jam, so we escaped crossing the Dartmoor, but the fog, the heavy rain and wind, made any walks really hard. We had anyway the possibility to visit Postbridge and have a walk on the ancient site of Merrivale.
After a long and cold day, we stopped at the beautiful Elephant Nest Inn, where with the lovely served food and the warm atmosphere of the fireplace and the company of a funny old dog we restored our energy.
To add a bit of mystery to this trip we also made a stop at Tintagel, exploring the ruins and the Merlin’s cave.
We even found the time to stop and have a walk in Exter, around the beautiful Cathedral.
Finally we reach Bristol, but before leave, a last treat…. A launch at the Ethicurean!!! What an experience, the place, the food, the staff. Lovely.
We can’t wait. To come back soon!