Our Trip to England: Bradford-on-Avon
After 4 days in London, we arrived at Paddington Station ready for part 2 of our trip to the English countryside. The train to Bradford-on-Avon took a little over an hour passing lush green landscape and woolies until we arrived in this charming town. In the photo below you can see it is full of ancient stone buildings and homes built into a hill on the river Avon.
The view from the bedroom – not bad at all! Below is a placard about the cottages we stayed in.
For being a small town, there is a lot to do! I would highly recommend it – it is like the Shire. So green, with ponies and ducks and kitties and lovely people ready to exchange pleasantries. We rented bikes one warm day and biked along the river 4 miles and had a picnic before turning back (we also enjoyed the local Bath Ales). You could bike all the way to Bath if you want! Here are some photos from our ride:
Walking around the small walkways and bridges and secret gardens is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon before going on an excursion.
^Beautiful old church and cemetery steps from our place^
^Willow tree at Tithe Barn (4th century monastic stone barn), and more photos of the quaint town below:
We had a delicious afternoon tea at The Bridge Tea Rooms. Scones with clotted cream!
There is no shortage of good restaurants and pubs either! Here is Dan at The Bear Inn as we played Trivial Pursuit with a pint of Guiness (Dan tried the Butcombe Bitter– that gave me a serious fit of giggles).
We had a delicious breakfast at The Grumpy Badger in “The Shambles” – a cute old road with shops and such.
A delicious upscale, yet still casual if you know what I mean, dinner at Fat Fowl:
A great view (you earn that pint, fish & chips after an intensely steep uphill walk to get there) at The Castle Inn:
Awesome atmosphere and food at Timbrell’s Yard (look at that Pimms Cup + obligatory couple’s selfie):
And, not pictured but equally delicious, The Dandy Lion! (How cute is the name?).
All in all, it is the perfect home base for a lovely trip in England. Easy access to a number of cities and towns, picturesque, plenty of activities to keep you as busy (or not) as you’d like! More on the rest of our trip soon! xoxo