Haresfield Beacon

A lovely sunny day today, so its on with the walking boots and up to the hills.

We parked at Standish Woods, then followed the Cotswold Way up to Haresfield Beacon, with good views down to the River Severn.

From here we followed the Cotswold Way through woodlands towards Edge, then to an old quarry for a welcome break.

We then dropped down to a lovely path through Pitchcombe Wood.

Then climbed back up the hill to the familiar Standish Wood.

8.5 miles and almost 2000′ climbed today, so we’ve earnt a beer or two!

The Pilot Inn

We’ve been going to this pub (on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal) for years, but had been going downhill, becoming less beer, people and dog friendly.


It has changed hands yet again, and from yesterday’s visit, seems much more like it used to be, which is good news because it’s in such a great location.

Southend on sea

We diverted overnight to Calais to drop off a passenger with “a life threatening medical emergency”, so we’re running about 2.5 hours late.

This does mean we can enjoy the delights of the Thames estuary though!

You can just see Southend pier in this photo.

Rouen Part 2

After our stroll, we stopped for an interesting beer (not sure what it was, but it was a step up from the average French lager):

It was well timed to miss a passing shower..

Then back to the ship for a healthy lunch.