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The Rock-itt : October 2009
wasn't the first time we had encountered this extravaganza but since our last brush with the event it has got very popular. Probably about 5,000 people visited over the weekend and every train they ran was packed. It was a bit too busy for me but the Railway has to make money to support itself so all credit too them. The Severn Valley railway is not to be missed even my Mrs. Likes it! My aversion to UK Motorways (they are too full and too unreliable) pushed us into taking the smaller A roads and B roads back East towards London and the Railway experience had reminded my wife that there was yet another preserved line over near Cheltenham so I needed no persuasion and we called in at the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway at Winchcombe. I won't go into details, it's terrific and even if you can't stand railways the countryside around there is magnificent and well worth the detour. From Gloucestershire we wandered over into Oxfordshire and to the very pretty village of Broadway. This place has become the victim of its own success, it's at the heart of the area known as the Cotswold and some of the county's most beautiful (and expensive) properties are around this idyllic town. There are also lots of expensive hotels and eateries so it's easy to swing a dead cat and hit a rich toff at any time of the year! Back to the outskirts of London for a couple of days and chance to take in the delights of the Roman town of St. Albans. The British weather was getting back to its grey and cloudy ways but at least the temperature was slightly above the July temperature in Sydney. In a few days we were due to be off a little North and east to Cambridge shire and Lincolnshire, more about that next month if the mighty Pete Johnson cuts me more slack! A busker plays outside the Church Inn in Ludlow. Thankfully the pub was better than his playing. Victor Spinetti is the one on the right 40's style at the Severn Valley Railway Some took the 40's thing just a little too far! Even if you are not the biggest railway fan you can still enjoy the Gloucestershire countryside, ask my wife, Julie Beautiful sandstone cottages in Cotswold village of Broadway