Britain 09 - Day 35
Friday was another of those days when there was not enough time to fit in all the places we wished to visit. We left Cwm Chwefru early and headed south through Brecon and on to Cardiff. The drive around Cardiff was slow, due to the long series of roadworks, but we eventually drove over the bridge over the Severn Estuary and back into England. We might have visited Tintern Abbey, a few miles up the River Wye, or we might have driven close to Bristol to view the Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Brunel and built only after his death. But to visit these locations would have stopped us from visiting Bath and Stonehenge, so on we drove. We arrived in Bath at about midday. On our last visit, in 2003, we had been defeated by the one-way systems and the impossible traffic on a sunny Saturday afternoon. This time I went prepared, and we headed straight to a central carpark without a hitch. After a quick lunch in Bath, we visited the Roman bathhouse, the cathedral and walked up to view the Royal Cresent and other imposing buildings. Then it was on to Stonehenge and finally to our hotel in Salisbury.
Cardiff and back to England
We did not spend time in Cardiff, apart from the slow crawl along the M6 to get to the Severn Bridge.
The city of Bath is one of many places that you should spend a day or two experiencing. Although it is a compact place, there are many fascinating locations, but be warned, many of them are carefully designed for the tourist. After all, Bath has been a tourist town since its founding by the Romans. But 2-3 hours was sufficient to see the highlights - the Bathhouse, the cathedral and a walk through the city to the Royal Cresent and other imposing buildings. Bath is a reminder of life as it was in Georgian and Victorian times, when men had money and time to spend it.
From Bath it was a pleasant drive east to the Salisbury Plain and to Stonehenge. As usual, Stonehenge was awash with tourists, with the carpark full of large tour buses. But we arrived in the later afternoon, and although this meant a lower sun angle and longer shadows, it did mean a few less people.
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