For a late summer holiday this year we had a week in Croatia.
We flew from Luton, because we were booking late and that's where affordable flights were... stupid traffic jams on the M25 and M1 made me rather anxious about getting to the airport on time, but obviously we did get there or I wouldn't be writing this!
Anyway, we landed in Dubrovnik airport just before 10pm. Our accommodation for the first two nights was at Villa Radović in Cavtat, and I'd taken them up on the offer of an airport transfer (which took all of 15 minutes!). Within an hour of landed we'd checked in, freshened up, walked down the hill into town and were sat on the seafront enjoying a nice cocktail. Lovely
Two nights gave us one full day in Cavtat. To be honest this was probably enough - it's a very small town! However it's quiet, cheaper and generally more relaxed than Dubrovnik, so definitely a good place to stay.
After breakfast pastries, we had a wander around the Rat peninsular, consumed ice cream, and in the afternoon went sea kayaking.
I haven't done much kayaking at all recently.. in fact this was my first time paddling something other than a swimming pool all year! We were in a group of 6, with the others on tandem boats. We were offered this option but I was very quick to turn it down. Jon didn't seem keen on sharing either.
We paddled around the bay, then out to Supetar island where we stopped for a swim, drink and another little wander. Jon then managed to capsize while trying to splash me, which I obviously found hilarious.
Having made a start on it in June, August bank holiday was bookmarked for part two of the Glevum Way.
Once again we started in Cooper's Edge, but this time walked anticlockwise as far as Cheltenham Road. I think we'd hoped to get a bit further (probably to where it meets the A38 in Longford), but it was such a lovely hot sunny day that any more would have been too much for the dogs!
I don't have a huge amount to say about the walk itself - we walked through Hucclecote then up Churchdown Hill, briefly stopping in the churchyard to admire the views over towards Cheltenham:
Then it was back down the other side and into Churchdown itself. Very familiar dog walking paths for us!
The path then goes along the side of the airport before popping out on the B4063, which is where we left it and headed home for a BBQ!
The Newent Loop is a 45km cycle route, starting and ending in Newent (funny that).
We discovered its existence when we spotted a few signs on a previous ride, so for last weekend's Sunday evening ride, we went and rode the full loop in an anticlockwise direction. The big car park in the town centre has a large map on the side of the toilet building, but the entire route is very well signposted - we didn't need to stop and check directions at all. There's also a signposted shortcut that splits the route into two smaller loops.
note to self: try and hold phone still until it's actually taken the photo
The roads were quiet with generally good quality surfaces although it did get a bit 'countryside' in places with mud and plants growing up the middle! There aren't any major hills, which was good for me as it turns out going uphill is annoyingly slow when your front derailleur has decided it doesn't like the middle ring and you end up granny gearing it (yes, I ride a triple).
The only non ideal part of the route: as you come back into Newent the "cycle" path gained some "cyclists dismount" signs and we had to walk for a short distance. Boo. Having looked at a map afterwards, I now realised this could have been easily avoided by turning onto Gloucester road, but I guess the route doesn't do that because it gets busier with traffic in the daytime? Certainly something to remember if I find myself riding this again!
Obligatory 'bikes leaning against something' photo - in this case Newent market hall
If you wanted to stop along the way and visit any places of interest (churches, chapels, maybe even a detour to Hartpury bee shelter), or for a picnic and general enjoyment of the surrounding countryside I think this would make a nice half day out. I'd certainly have stopped to take more photos if I'd been riding by myself.