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Brompton Cycle Tour Day 8

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Day 8

Today was a day to remember – we met Alan! We had cycled into Bradford-on-Avon to explore. A lovely market town nestled at the foot of a 14% hill, it has many historic buildings built with the attractive warm sandstone typical of the area. There is an ancient bridge in the centre of the town and the town itself is dotted with old spinners’ and weavers’ cottages, winding narrow streets and, along the river, fine buildings that were formerly woollen mills but have now been turned into apartments.

Plaque on McKeever Bridge

Plaque on McKeever Bridge

McKeever Bridge, Bradford-on-Avon

McKeever Bridge, Bradford-on-Avon

Postbox painted gold in honour of local man Ed McKeever's Olympic Gold Medal

Postbox painted gold in honour of local man Ed McKeever’s Olympic Gold Medal

On the cycle back, we pulled up at the Dog & Fox for a cold pint. That’s when we came across Alan – a tortoise, would you believe, in his run with other tortoises! One of the patrons brings her tortoises with her to the pub, as you do. This time she had five of them with her and proudly told us she had ten more back at home. They were red-footed tortoises, with quite unusual markings on their shells. We were introduced to the smallest, Alan – the others were much larger and must have been about 50 years old, but they didn’t want to speak to us. We swiftly downed our pints and continued on our way, not quite sure if the heat had had a strange effect on us!

Old street, Bradford-on-Avon

Old street, Bradford-on-Avon

The Dandy Lion pub, Bradford-on-Avon

The Dandy Lion pub, Bradford-on-Avon

An example of Bradford-on-Avon's beautiful architecture

An example of Bradford-on-Avon’s beautiful architecture

Masonic Hall c.1500, Bradford-on-Avon

Masonic Hall c.1500, Bradford-on-Avon


Author: Mike McEnnerney Photographer

I've had a passion for photography for as long as I can remember and have been running my own photographic business for many years. This also carries over into my personal interests: I love the great outdoors and enjoy nothing better than to be outside taking photos and combining this with my hobbies of cycle touring, camping, backpacking, canoeing and just being out in the wilds, or as the Australians say "beyond the black stump" farther into the outback than the city lights.

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