Exploring Hartpury

Things to do on a dull Sunday afternoon, having already wimped out of going kayaking on grounds of there being massive amounts of water in the rivers (and wanting a lie in) - take the bike out for a first ride of the year! (yes, I realise it's February, shush)

A small consultation with CycleStreets later, I decided to head for Hartpury.  5 and a half miles of NCN 45, conveniently avoiding any main roads.

Half a mile in I realised a slight flaw in my 'relaxed Sunday afternoon' plan.  Strong, gusty and quite annoying winds.  But turning back and giving up because of weather would be lame, so I kept going.  Also Hartpury is higher up than Gloucester.  I dislike cycling up massive hills (might have got off and pushed a few times).  But nevermind.. the way back would be downhill, so better for tired legs. hoorah!

Arrived in Hartpury and sat on a bench to eat chocolate and get my breath back.  What to do now?  What actually is there in Hartpury anyway?  Other than the college...? Then I remembered having previously seen touristy road signs to "Hartpury Bee Shelter".  How exciting/unusual, that'll do..

Three small points to note here:

  • the bee shelter is in a churchyard
  • said churchyard is not in the middle of the village.. it's another nearly 2 miles away
  • bee shelters aren't really that interesting

Bee Shelter

Each alcove (called a 'bee bole', apparently) would contain a straw 'skep' (close up here) with bees etc inside it.  No bees there now, of course.

Still, it was a nice addition to my ride!  By the time I got home it was twenty past 5, getting dark and threatening to rain.  Oh, and still really very windy.  Total distance: just under 15 miles (with max speed of 43kmph down a big hill on the way home, wheeeeeeeeee)


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  1. geek's mum's gravatar

    Ah, so you are turning into a keep fit history buff!

    geek's mum | 8th Feb 11 19:56

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