North to Chelmsford
Trip Start May 22, 2010
167Trip End Oct 31, 2010
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
Len and Wendy's house
The food was very good with a big choice and we happily stayed there for 2 hours enjoying lamb shanks (John) and pork belly (me). We then fare welled everyone and headed for the motorway.
The drive went smoothly enough and we arrived at Great Baddow at the right time. Great Baddow is a village just outside Chelmsford so just the right sort of place for our trip
While we were there their daughter (who had been in France) rang to say that the Eurotunnel had had delays, the M25 was very busy and could she pick up her dog (Morgan) next morning. The dog had greeted us with suspicion but was soon very friendly, especially when he thought we might feed him. It sounded as though we had made the trip at the right time as we had had no problems on the M25.
After we moved in our luggage, Len took us for a drive. We went first into Chelmsford, which he said is now more like a dormitory suburb of London. The train takes about 30 minutes to get to the centre of London. The city has a cathedral and also the University of East Anglia, built on the site of a ball bearing factory that was destroyed by a bomb in WW2
We then drove along some narrow lanes and very attractive avenues in the country area very close to the city. One large area was Danbury country park, with lakes, woodlands, deer and picnic areas. There were lots of attractive villages, with lovely looking country pubs. We even went through a ford, which had nearly 12 inches of water in it. It was as attractive as any countryside we have seen. We went to the highest point in Essex, which is a very flat county so it was not that high but you could still see a fair way.
We returned for a drink and I tried a Pimms which was very refreshing. After tea Len and Wendy gave us a number of pamphlets about local attractions. On Wednesday we are going to a concert with them in Suffolk so we planned a trip for tomorrow that kept to the south of there with other possible places also for Tuesday.