Trips / West England

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Trip to West England
2/4 May 2013
EHHV; Hilversum EGMD; Lydd EGBJ; Gloucestershire EGBS; Shobdon EGBO; Wolverhampton EGCW; Welshpool EGCV; Sleap EGBM; Tatenhill EGBN; Nottingham EGBW; Wellesbourne Mountford
Date, Destination (legs)
2 May 2013 Gloucestershire (2)
3 May 2013 Wellesbourne (7)
4 May 2013 Hilversum (1)


Brian Jones William Shakespeare
Brian Jones; William Shakespeare



From Hilversum to Gloucestershire, then Cheltenham

On Thursday, 2 May 2013, Veleda and Rene departed Hilversum for a trip to England. We first flew to Lydd to clear customs, and then continued to Gloucestershire. On the airport we first booked a hotel in Cheltenham, and then took a taxi to Cheltenham. Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs there in 1716. Horse racing began in Cheltenham in 1815, and became a major national attraction after the establishment of the Festival in 1902. The first British jet aircraft prototype, the Gloster E28/39, was manufactured in Cheltenham. The town is famous for its Regency architecture. Every year, Cheltenham Festivals organises music, jazz, literature and science festivals in the town. When we were there the Cheltenham Jazz Festival was going on. Cheltenham is the birthplace of Brian Jones, the first bandleader of the Rolling Stones.

Veleda and Rene on Hilversum airfield
Veleda and Rene on Hilversum airfield
Passing Rotterdam, Euromast
Passing Rotterdam, Euromast
Approaching coast near Dover
Approaching coast near Dover
Right downwind runway 23 Lydd airport
Right downwind runway 23 Lydd airport
Government Communications Headquarters in Cheltenham
GCHQ in Cheltenham
Rene on Gloucestershire airport
Rene on Gloucestershire airport
Veleda with St Mary's church in Cheltenham
Veleda with St Mary's church in Cheltenham
Boer War Memorial in Cheltenham
Boer War Memorial in Cheltenham
Cheltenham Town hall
Cheltenham Town hall
Rene in Cheltenham
Rene in Cheltenham



From Gloucestershire to Wellesbourne Mountford, then Stratford-upon-Avon

On Friday we left Gloucestershire airport for a flying trip along a number of airfields. We ended in Wellesbourne Mountford, where we took a taxi to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon. It is a small market town and lies on the River Avon, 35 km south east of Birmingham. The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare. The town include five houses relating to Shakespeare's life. These include Hall's Croft (the one-time home of Shakespeare's daughter, Susanna, and her husband Dr. John Hall) and Nash's House, which stands alongside the site of another property, New Place, owned by Shakespeare himself, wherein he died. Near to the town are Anne Hathaway's Cottage at Shottery, the home of Shakespeare's wife's family prior to her marriage, and Mary Arden's House (Palmer's Farm), the family home of his mother. At the top end of Waterside is Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried.

Rene on Gloucestershire airport
Rene on Gloucestershire airport
Veleda on Tatenhill airfield
Veleda on Tatenhill airfield
Wellesbourne Mountford airport
Wellesbourne Mountford airport
Rene on Wellesbourne Mountford airport
Rene on Wellesbourne Mountford airport
Veleda with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Veleda with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Holy Trinity church holding Shakespeare's grave
Holy Trinity church holding Shakespeare's grave
Veleda with Shakespeare's daughter's home
Veleda with Shakespeare's daughter's home
Veleda with The Garrick Inn
Veleda with The Garrick Inn
Rene with Shakespeare's birthplace
Rene with Shakespeare's birthplace
Pen and Parchment bar and restaurant
Pen & Parchment bar and restaurant



From Wellesbourne Mountford to Hilversum

On Saturday morning, we left early for the airport. A cold front was moving in, and we left immediately after the airport opened, just ahead of the cold-front. We first flew south-east to the Bovingdon VOR, but we had to divert to the east because of bad weather near the cold-front. We flew the corridor between Luton and Stansted airspace, and shortly thereafter we left behind the low clouds. The weather improved rapidly, and the last scattered clouds were left behind over Kent. The further flight via Dover and Koksijde to Hilversum was uneventful.

Departure from Wellesbourne Mountford airport
Departure from Wellesbourne Mountford
Strait of Dover
Strait of Dover
Over Zeeland
Over Zeeland
Veleda and Rene returned on Hilversum airfield
Veleda and Rene returned on Hilversum airfield


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