Day 86 - Cropredy

Trip Start Apr 10, 2011
Trip End Jul 25, 2011

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The Brasenose Arms

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Monday, July 4, 2011

We were treated to a huge full English breakfast this morning. The girls couldn't quite believe how much food was delivered to them and its 'only breakfast’.

We decided to stay in the area for another night so rebooked ourselves into the Cropredy Arms and then headed into Banbury to find the tourist information office.

To get to the tourist office we had to cross the river and were lucky enough to see a narrow boat having just entered the lock, and watched the lock fill and the boat rise before the gate was opened and it carried on its way. The whole process fascinated the girls.

After we were armed with all the information we needed, we headed to Lower Heyford, which is the only place in the region that has cycle rental. When we got there however they only had 2 bikes available, the other two had punctures. The guy at the cycle hire office told us of a walk we could do along the tow-path to a pub in the next village, which was open till 3pm, and a return trip along the road. The girls were really disappointed they had to forego the biking and had to be jollied on to settle for walking but it didn’t take long for them to start enjoying the canal walk spurred on by the promise of a cold drink at the pub in Upper Heyford.

We found the pub with no problem, only to find one snippet of information given to us was wrong – the pub closed at 2pm, not 3pm and as we had arrived a few minutes after 2pm, we were totally out of luck for that cold drink.

We headed back along the road to Lower Heyford which completed our circular route which took about 1 hours. The leg along the road was quicker and we arrived at the pub in Lower Heyford (The Bell) on the dot of 3pm. In keeping with our luck so far, this pub closed at 3pm, but they took pity on us and said we could have a quick drink, which we enjoyed sitting outside in the Garden Bar.

Satisfactorily refreshed we reunited with the car and drove to Blenheim Palace. When we arrived we found that it was due to close at 4.30pm, so for the 50 pounds it was going to cost to get us all in, we decided 30 mins wasn’t enough time to do it justice.

Continuing with our perpetual quest to find internet access we stopped on our way back to Cropredy at the Joiners Arms pub in Bloxham so we could fire up the laptop to find accommodation for tomorrow night. Job done, we returned to the Brasenose Arms for dinner.

After the girls had gone to bed, Mike found one corner in the bar is a WiFi hotspot, so I finally managed to update a couple of days of the blog.

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cust4 on

Hi guys, definitely feeling jealous of you still on the road, especially seeing the places you are going to are one's we've been to.

We've been back at work for a week now and it feels like we've never been away, and both want to run away again........especially with the frosts and early starts......

Hope the travels are still going well, all the best, GSOS

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