ROCK OF AGES

As the Government’s inspirational advert says, “stop whining and get on with it” And spend money, I guess.

We failed to spend money at Burrington Ham, our next chance to stretch calf muscles on on the Great Somerset GBG Overnighter.

The hilly bit south of Bristol” is my best description of the area.

No, I hadn’t heard of Burrington either, but that’s what I love about the UK; there’s always something round the corner with a beautiful view, ominous OS contours, unpronounceable place name (and closed pub).

We only stopped because everyone else had, at the free car park in the bottom right corner. Famed for the “Rock of Ages” hymn, recorded by Def Leppard on their breakthrough Pyromania album.

Hundreds of cars, but we saw no-one as we walked through ferns and pheasants and ended somewhere with a quaint little ford,

Not a ford I’d have wanted to test out in my Aygo, but a lovely looking pub we entertained hopes of providing a coke and cake.

Oddly, closed at lunchtimes. Shame, wonder what it’s like.

Then, up a tiny lane where something looked oddly familiar.

I’ve been before! ” I said.

What, years ago ?”

I checked the retiredmartin.com blog.

Er, last August

When you can’t even remember a pub from a year ago you need to worry (it was rubbish anyway).

5 thoughts on “ROCK OF AGES

  1. “And spend money, I guess.”

    Ironically, the same money they’ve given not to work. 😉

    ““The hilly bit south of Bristol” ”

    Ah. That would mean… a woman with a bit of a paunch?

    “is my best description of the area.”

    Whenever I see ‘Chipping Sodbury’ I keep want to pronounce it ‘Sodding Chippbury’. 🙂

    “unpronounceable place name”

    No argument here!

    “We only stopped because everyone else had”

    In the OS map above, I spy… where Toad in the Hole was invented!

    And, while we’re on the subject, I have no quibbles with most ‘hole’ names but Aneline’s Hole is a bit much!

    “Famed for the “Rock of Ages” hymn”

    Learn something new every day.

    “Oddly, closed at lunchtimes. ”

    Blimey!

    “Then, up a tiny lane where something looked oddly familiar.”

    One of the famed UK waterfalls?
    (and yes, that does look familiar)

    “When you can’t even remember a pub from a year ago you need to worry”

    Pfft. I can’t remember some things from a week ago! 🙂

    Cheers

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  2. Thank you for these lovely photos (and films too -you are spoiling us ! ) We are doing a lot of country walks now we are both “retired ” & there is always something lovely to see -always try to find a “nature moment ” -just seeing a buzzard or flock of geese makes us happy & a sighting of a stoat was particularly exciting.Great Britain is beautiful if you only go out & find it & on that note we are going to local park which is a bit of a cop out but we tend to relax a bit on a weekend

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  3. With the number of pubs you visit I think forgetting some is pretty understandable. On a side note, in you view where does Dartmoor rate for your relative to the other English moor areas? I’m curious if your opinion matches mine or not.

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    1. In all honesty I bet you’ve been there more than I have!

      We’ve been through, stopped at Princetown, Meavey, the rocks near Tavistock etc but need to visit a dozen pubs in that vicinity. Then I’ll tell you!

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