Swansea Ramblers Walk
25th September 2021
Organiser: Swansea Ramblers Social Committee
Every so often, our social committee arrange a social event such as a coach trip. We haven't been able to do one since COVID so we were really glad we could do this coach trip to Gloucester Docks. We all wore our masks on the coach for the two hours it took to get to Gloucester. We left Swansea in dull, damp conditions but arriving in Gloucester, the sun came out really hot and bright.
We didn't have a group walk today. Instead, we all dispersed to explore the area. Some of us were lucky enough to get on the last sailing along the canal while others visited the cathedral before it closed for a service.
There were plenty of places to shop, things to see and have food. We had a lovely day and will be looking forward to the next one.
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Off the coach and into the dockland
There is a lot to see
All regenerated and trendy!
But after two hours on the coach, some of us needed refreshments
So we found a place in the really hot sun
And sat outside for coffee and other liquid refreshments!
The boat that sails the canal once served at Dunkirk!
Nice to see the old vessels
A few of us were lucky to get tickets to sail on the Queen Boadicea II.
Doesn't the new college building blend in well with the red brick Victorian warehouses!!!
The lucky few!
The others didn't try to walk to Panama!
The view from the boat
Some of us ate in the Greek Restaurant on the left
When built, this was the largest canal in the world
Ships sailed from the coast into Gloucester
But now the area is a leisure and shopping area
With new buildings as well as old!
And modern roads crossing and even diverting the canal
Timber used to be unloaded here into shallow pools
If this was in Swansea then this lightship would be a rust bucket!
Nice to see some places look after their heritage
Definitely not Swansea Marina!
Hmm? Different crossings in England
Statues representing the four nations that make up the Union
They look rather stern. Isn't that one Winston Churchill?!!
Hmm! while we explore, some are having a more leisurely social!
And why not! Good friends, food and wine. A proper social!
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Andrew Morgan 2021
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