Thursday, 13 September 2012

Short Break in Evesham

Lonely Mooring in Evesham
Tons of space to moor, Petroc in the background with only one other boat.  There are a lot of trees so we pulled ourselves a little forward to aim the satellite dish between the branches, but discovered a good while later that we were on the water notices but it is hidden away in a little box.......but after a while and feeling guilty we moved again...........and there has been one boat in to water.   So few boats around.
Floodlit tennis courts and rowing club
We are directly opposite the rowing club and the tennis courts which were well used in the dark.   We have discovered that the reason for the little yellow and red buoys in the middle of the river is that they have a rowing regatta on Saturday, but we will be long gone by then.

There was some traffic!
Cute little runabout
Evesham along the riverside is lovely and all very well kept but when we walked over the bridge and through the town it was very disappointing.   A large number of shops are closed and boarded up and there is a very down market air about the place.  It took us by surprise because the last stop in Pershore was great and the very name of Evesham seems to conjure up a lovely market town.   Having said that there are some nice places in Evesham and the mooring was good.
Bell Tower all that remains of the old abbey and the two adjacent churches
One of the two adjacent churches
Our visitors, John &  Rosi,  arrived on Wednesday afternoon and we ate on board and had a good catching up session.   Today we decided to explore further afield with them and amazingly the sun shone for us.  To be fair we have had some much better days in the least week.

First we drove back to Pershore as we had been so taken with the place.

Pershore Abbey
Tree sculpture in Abbey ground
Coffee & Toasted Tea Cakes in the sunshine.
We then went on to Broadway as none of us had ever been there.   We found a lovely small town, somewhat touristy but not overly so, and had a wonderful lunch sitting outside at the Broadway Hotel.
Broadway Village Green
Broadway Hotel on right
There were some lovely shops and both Rosi and I were tempted in a few but managed to rein ourselves in......John and Geoff didn't even try to buy........

Broadway is not a place to linger in the loo
Having exhausted Broadway itself we decided to motor up the hill to Broadway Tower, a Capability Brown Folly Tower which stands 312 metres above sea level and from where the surrounding views are stunning.

By now it was well into Geoff's siesta time so he and his friend decided to have a little lie down
After some of us had decadent ice creams we returned to Evesham for a short break before venturing out for supper.   We went to the Anchor Inn at Wyre Piddle which we had passed on the way up on the river.  It looked inviting and a passing boat recommended it so it just had to be done.  It well lived up to its reputation and I think we all went to our beds that night thinking we had overindulged ourselves today.......

The Anchor Inn Wyre Piddle
All in all a very good day, the weather gods had looked favourably on us and we had caught up with friends.

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