Sunday, January 19, 2014
Last night I ended my walk at a B&B in the southern end of Gloucester, a city of 121,000 people,and best known for its magnificent cathedral and as the setting for Beatrix Potter's "The Tailor of Gloucester". Needless to say, the house pictured in the story is now a Beatrix Potter store.
Gloucester was founded by the Romans in 97 AD, and was given its charter by King Richard I in 1194. in the middle ages, wool from the Cotswolds was processed in Gloucester before being shipped around the world. Some of the warehouses on the River Severn now house the National Waterways Museum.
The Three Choirs Festival, founded in the 18th century, is still held every three years and is one of the oldest music festivals in Europe.
Gloucester Is almost half-way between two of England's largest cities. Bristol, to the south-west and perhaps best known for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, has over 1 million people in its catchment area. Birmingham, to the north-east is the second largest city in England, after London. While I don't especially enjoy walking in major cities, I am looking forward to some authentic Indian food and perhaps a visit to Cadbury World.
Thanks for coming along with me on my walk,