Standish Woods

We braved the rather showery weather to return to Standish Woods, not far from Quedgeley. After a bit of a struggle getting the National Trust car park ticket machine to actually work, we set off into the wind and headed to the nearby Topograph:

Rocco was his usual happy self, even without a stick:

From here, we headed downhill to the woods:

And I found a couple of sticks for Rocco:

Then into the woods, and the slow climb back up:

Lovely views from the top:

A nice walk, and the showers were not a problem!

Robinswood Hill

Rocco and I are staying with Steve and Toby in Quedgeley, and a Sunday tradition is a walk around the local country park at Robinswood Hill.

Quite a climb to start with; the path then contours through the woods and up the hill.

And finally, we get to the top:

Extensive views over Gloucester and Cheltenham, plus a rainbow for good measure.

The far right hand side of the rainbow was very close to Gloucester Cathedral!

Unfortunately you need rain to produce a rainbow, and it was a bit drizzly (and windy) at the top.

So time to head back down!

A good walk – Rocco did like chasing his sticks!

Gloucester

We had a nice steak and chips in the Pilot last night – timed it just right so that we walked there in the dry, it rained while we were in the pub, then walked back in the dry…

The forecast today wasn’t too inspiring, with rain scheduled for lunchtime, so we walked along the canal to Gloucester.

On the way, we crossed the Severn to Alney Island, but many of the paths were flooded and muddy from the recent rain, so we headed back into Gloucester.

First stop was The Fountain, a lovely ‘Country Pub’ in the middle of the town. Then to the Turk’s Head, a recently opened Micro Pub. Then finally back to the Gloucester Brewery pub in the docks.

The dogs were quite bored by this time, but still well behaved (especially with a treat in the offering)

Then back along the canal to home.

Morning Walk

I took the dogs along the canal for their morning walk today – always fun trying to keep control of two dogs!

We were passed by one of the Tall Ships leaving Gloucester:

Though I don’t think that the dogs were very interested…

Parts of the canal are being dredged and the residue dumped on an adjacent field:

Though being a Bank Holiday, not much happening!

Robinswood Hill

We returned for a walk in a familiar spot this morning; a nice nearby country park arranged around a quarry and hill.

Rocco enjoyed himself running around chasing sticks – it’s so easy to throw a stick down a hill and wait for him to run down and back up it.

Even Toby went down once, but that was it!

It was a bit breezy at the top, so we didn’t stay long.

But nice views of Gloucester:

A pleasant walk back, just getting to the car as a shower arrived…

A quiet day…

Nice warm weather again, so we walked the dogs to the local ‘dog field’ so that they could have a run around. Rocco enjoyed chasing his ball, and splashing in the brook:

Toby enjoyed being lazy and avoided any exercise….

We’ve managed to drag the dogs down to the pub for an evening beer.

More Tall Ships

We walked along the canal into Gloucester today, and passed some of the tall ships moored along the canal:

A bit later on, they then came past us into the docks:

We found a beer in the shade and watched them get moored, helped by a couple of RIB’s (which didn’t help much) and a tug (which did).

The dogs were a bit bored by this time, so we went via the cathedral to another pub:

Nice beer in this pub, but no food, so on to a third:

An excellent beer and some ham and chips filled a hole, so back to the docks for a final beer before the walk home: