Saturday, November 26, 2016

Day 5 - Newlyn at dawn -> Cook breakfast -> check out -> Lunch at Lock Inn -> Bradford on Avon

Before we checked out of the beautiful bnb, hubby took some pictures of this quiet, relaxing and laidback, fishing town in the early morning.

Newlyn has the largest fishing fleets

Wide variety of yachts and pleasure boats in the harbour

Day break

It took us about 4 hrs to drive to West Ashton, Somerset where we will be staying for the night before heading back to London.
As it was close to lunch and not check in time yet, we went to have lunch at Lock Inn which was recommended by West Ashton bnb’s host.
It was just about 20mins drive from the bnb.
Exterior - pretty sweet little house with all the lovely flowers!

The inn reminded me very much of the typical nostalgic western american restaurant. It has a wide collection of antiques on displa.

Set by a little river, this family run restaurant since 1990 has a garden surrounding it. This setting made the area pretty cold even though it was summer.

Ambience of restaurant and presentation of food was good. Service is not bad and food was quite tasty. Total damage done: GBP 28.20.

Garlic Chicken Breast, pan fried in Garlic Butter, topped with White Wine & Mushroom Sauce, served with Salad & potato.

Curry & bread

CAJUN CHICKEN - Strips of chicken breast, pepper and onion, pan fried in cajun spices. Served with rice, salad and tortilla wraps

We texted the bnb after lunch which was past 2 but it was not ready. So we decided to visit Bradford on Avon first. Coincidentally, it was just
about 5-10mins drive away from the Lock Inn.

Bradford on Avon (sometimes Bradford-on-Avon) is a town and civil parish in west Wiltshire, England. The town's canal, historic buildings, shops,
pubs and restaurants make it popular with tourists. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman origins. It has several buildings dating
from the 17th century, when the town grew due to the thriving English woollen textile industry. The town lies partly on the Avon Valley, and partly
on the hill that marks the Vale's western edge, eight miles southeast of Bath, in the hilly countryside between the Mendip Hills, Salisbury Plain
and the Cotswold Hills. The local area around Bath provides the Jurassic limestone (Bath Stone) from which the older buildings are constructed.
The River Avon (the Bristol Avon) runs through the town. The town directly borders Trowbridge to the south east.

We parked at the carpark near the tourist information centre. When we were here, there were not many tourtists.

Bradford on Avon:Three Gables Restaurant - built with same type of limestones like those in Castle Combe and Lacock Village.

Abbey Mill in Church Street

McKeever Bridge. Cross this bridge to the Holy Trinity Church and look for the stairways at the dead end of the road to get up the hill towards Chapel of St Mary
Tory. BTW, it was not a straight slope up. Just look for stairways upwards at each level. Anyway, it was not a very steep hike and healthy people should be
able to hike up.

Holy Trinity church

We hiked up the slopes via these stairways to reach Chapel of St Mary Tory, where we were rewarded with a panoramic view of Bradford. But hubby was not impressed with the view.

Chapel of St Mary Tory, Bradford-on-Avon

Panoramic view of Bradford on Avon

St Laurence Church from the the south west with its rebuilt west wall. Note the outline of the lost south porticus.

Bradford-on-Avon: Catholic church of St. Thomas More at the junction.

Around Town

The Town Bridge over the river Avon.

The small domed building is the lockup, where the town's troublemakers were put for the night.

War Memorial in Westbury Gardens.

Overall, it was a pretty, colourful, little old and historic town with many unique churches and many limestone houses & restaurants.

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