I hope everyone is staying safe and looking after each other at this crazy time. At the moment, the UK is social distancing, not isolating unless you are showing symptoms. Our pubs, clubs, cafes, restaurants etc were closed on Friday. We have yet to go into lock down but the way things are going, I don’t think we’re far from that. So on a beautiful, sunny Sunday, we thought we’d make the most of it whilst we still can.
The largest ships’ graveyard in mainland Britain, Purton Hulks is home to many ships which have been beached a long the Severn river, to protect against erosion. The oldest one we found dates back to 1863 and was beached in 1945. It’s incredible to think this would of been built by hand, put together by hand and all these years later, although far from it’s former glory, is still held together with the original cast iron fixings… Yet here I am in 2020 with the leg of my heater missing because the screws fell out, and I possibly/definitely sucked them up with the vacuum.
This is a real hidden gem of Gloucestershire and I’m annoyed at myself for not coming here sooner. Perfect for a stroll, it’s a beautiful part of England and full of history.
Anyone thinking of visiting, wear wellies. My boots did not look like this when we got back to the bike!
Just 50 metres from the river, running alongside is the Sharpness canal. Home to many birds, people and strangely, gnomes. There’s a display in a garden of one of the houses which must of taken years of collecting. It’s a really lovely walk and also gave me a chance to clean my boots off in the grass.
We picked up a little hitch hiker on our way back. I’m not sure how long this little guy stayed on for, but with the sound and speed of our Harley it’s safe to say not very long!