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Alveston and Stratford on Avon

In Alveston, Georgian, Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire, William Shakespeare on July 25, 2007 at 7:48 pm

4.15pm 8 miles in 1 hr 7 mins 04 seconds

Week to date mileage 15 miles

Month to date mileage 99

Average weekly rate 29.8 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 877

Lifetime 10470

After 2 nights at Wilderhope manor we moved on to another youth hostel at Alveston just outside Stratford on Avon in Warwickshire. This was a Georgian building and was rated as a 4 star youth hostel. It certainly had more facilities than but I still preferred Wilderhope Manor. The food and restaurant facilities were better and there was a wi fi connection.

Our family room was a combination of bunk beds and single beds. I can’t remember the last time I slept in a bunk bed but it was ok and the breakfast was included in the price and included a hot breakfast of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, beans and sausages (for meat eaters) and toast and cereal and orange juice. There was also natural yogurt on offer which was good for me. This place was a lot busier than Wilderhope manor and had a large no of German guests seemingly battling over fresh cooked rolls and cold ham for some reason.

For my run I ran first along a busy b road into the centre of Stratford on Avon. Entering Stratford I arrived at the Waterside and canal basin where there many longboats who stop over before returning to the River Avon nearby.

Stratford is really quite a small town but being the birthplace of William Shakespeare the greatest English playwright tourism is big all year round.

The recent flooding had caused serious damage around this area and the Royal Shakespeare Company being situated closely to the River Avon and the canal works came off badly and there were several skips with collected damaged carpets that had been chucked.

I returned to Alveston and had a wonder around this village.

The church and the village just appear to have a separate identity to the their near by neighbour of Stratford. The church of St James serves a large parish area.

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Warwick Castle Warwick

In Warwick Castle, Warwickshire on July 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm

It is expensive to go most places as a family and we had little change from £60 for the 3 of us to visit Warwick Castle. However if you make a day of it is certainly worth it as there is so much to look at and experience here.

There is a good castle ramparts walk up a considerable no of steps up I think Guy’s tower with some terrific views explaining the well chosen position for the castle. Unfortunately the trebuchat wasn’t operating the day we went. The dungeons are always popular and these with their ghastly means of torture extracted the right sense of awe and fear. The oubilette was a scary underground torture in the dungeons basically where they chucked someone and forgot about them and left them to rot.

The Dream of Battle was also a good attraction attempting to put yourself in the position of a young squire learning to fit in battle for the Earl of Warwick.

You need to allow several hours to get around all of the attractions and be prepared to walk quite a bit especially up and down steps. The old castle mound is worth a look. A short walk takes you to the interesting water mill.