After staying in the very nice caravan park (and there was some absolutely huge caravans there, more like buses or lorries ) just in the outskirts of bath we packed up our portable palace (with an audience in wonder of how it all fits on the bike, I think or maybe my hair in the morning) and went sight seeing in Bath. The Roman Baths and the other usual suspects all on the cards. All well worth seeing. We will say again Bath was really nice.
Those with a keen eye will note what top Jo has on at the Roman Baths...
The Circus in Bath.
The Royal Crescent.
The panoramic doesn't do them justice but hopefully you get the idea.
After most of the day walking around Bath, looking at both the attractions and the shops we headed south towards Longleat house (An animal park). We got there and as expected couldn't take the bike on the safari ride (although I think the Divvy could outrun a lion, truly) so would have to do the bus ride around the safari section. Rightly or wrongly we decided that because we wanted to see the wolves, the bus may not be the best way to get up close and left to continue down the road, after a picture of the very grand Longleat house of course.
Nice house though...
After Longleat we headed south east towards landsend via Devon or as far as we could manage comfortably. So far the riding has been ok, the motorways are pretty boring, chew the petrol a bit but do get you from place to place quickly. The A and B roads that we have been along are much more fun in terms of the twists and turns and the general scenery. Jo has been doing a fantastic job navigating from the back of the bike. Juggling a europe map, the weather and my requests for which exit at the many, many round-a-bouts can't be easy and I would like to say I am sorry for any harsh comments I have made. Apart from the push start the previous day the bike has been great. On the camping and luggage side of things we think we are carrying too much. We have by no means been in all the weather scenarios we had thought of but already we think we will leave a few things in london when we get there in a week or so. Things like the 3rd and 4th pot/pan/ mess tin, powered milk (which isn't really adding to our early morning drinks taste) and a few other items of clothing.
The next stop after some rather dull motorway riding with weather to match was Barnstaple. A quick search of the GPS for camp sites and we were off armed with some supplies from Lidl for dinner. We didn't end up at the camp site the GPS suggested as we got lured just down the road by the promise of a camp site with it's own pub and various over things. A pub on a camp site, Brilliant !! As it was around 7 o'clock when we arrived the site office was closed and after riding around the massive site for about 15mins we picked a spot near some other tents and set up camp. A fantastic chicken and pesto meal later we went off to find this pub. Approximately 2 pints, 2 gin and lemonades later we where more than ready for bed and clearly out of practise. A short trip back to the tent and we started the best nights sleep for the trip so far.
The next day it was official, this place was huge. We have never seen so many caravans in one place. It was just field after field of them. Not really our idea of holidaying but what ever floats your boat or caravan. Off to have breakfast some where in this mega complex only to discover that it was not available. The indoor 25 meter pool, games room and horse riding was but no breakfast area. No problem, we would just head off to the nearest village / town.
We found a very nice little cafe in beautiful seaside town of Coombe Martin. While munching away I noticed a few photos of a man and some wolves on the wall. Not your average photos, these showed the man and the wolves at play so to speak. It turns out just up the road was wildlife park with a resident pack of wolves and the pictured man who had lived amongst them (as a pack member) for nearly 18 months. Being a bit of a fan of such things, Jo and I quickly agreed that we should go and them. It was funny how things work out especially after not seeing the wolves at Longleat.
I will only write a little bit about the wolves as I could have stayed there all day just watching them and talking to Shaun Ellis (the man from the photos in the cafe) about the pack. He and wolves are very interesting and we would recommend very much meeting them both. Here some of my favourite photos of them.
The two wolf cubs were absolutely gorgeous.
Of course there was other animals at the park but as you can guess the wolves were the big attraction for me. Here some of the others.
Posted by Rob Mott at May 22, 2009 12:01 AM GMT
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