Romsey   6 comments

Slight change to plans and we’ve had two days in Romsey, well one in Romsey and one at Mottisfont Abbey to be precise.

Caught the bus into Romsey on the Saturday and we had a bit of a wander whilst we dodged the heavy rain. At least Caffe Nero’s was dry (although not the best Caffe Nero’s I’ve been in)  and it gave us chance to “read the form” for the Grand National. After placing our bets we went in search of somewhere to park the motorhome up for the final day’s walking – you’d think the Tourist Information Centre would be a good place to start but they were pretty useless so we spent a good while touring Romsey’s car parks, at least we now have an in depth knowledge of the best car parks in town 🙂

Called in The Olive Tree for lunch and then Ian and Sue came out to join us from Southampton, (mention pub and they’re there like a shot), and then we all went for a whistle stop tour of Romsey Abbey before having to visit another public bar to watch the Grand National. Helen somehow managed to make £10 profit on her bets which should go some way towards buying a new set of plasters for her sore feet.

Sunday saw us at Mottisfont Abbey on a lovely sunny but freezing cold morning. It was fairly interesting but we’ve been to better and it was just as well there was an art exhibition on upstairs that whiled away a fair amount of time. This area is known for it’s watercress and the NT had made a pea, pear & watercress soup which succeeded in warming us up a touch.  We got back to the van quite early but at least this gave us time to get the van nice and warm and cosy and get some reading and relaxation done in preparation for the final 9 miles or so tomorrow.

Can’t believe it’s all going to finish tomorrow and that we’ve been walking for 6 weeks 🙂


Romsey Abbey


Plaque by the River Test in Romsey

Superb horse sculpture at Mottisfont, made entirely out of chicken wire


Mottisfont Abbey




Posted April 15, 2012 by derektruby in Travel

6 responses to “Romsey

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  1. I hope you have the fire works to celebrate crossing the finish line … plus the champaign … I could also ask Carol to do a fly past on her broom stick but unfortunately she inserted it where the sun doesn’t shine from my last comment lol . Good Luck for tomorrow …… plenty of photo’s please.

  2. Pub! Did someone mention the pub again!?

  3. Good effort both – it’ll make the 25mile’r look like a walk in the park! Avanti!!!

    Best regards
    Martin & Erika

  4. Oops!! Forgot to order the fireworks!! I’m sure we could manage a cup of coffee and a comfy(ish) sofa and maybe a bowl of lukewarm water to relax your feet!!!!

  5. The chicken wire horse would probably do better than my horse did in the National on Saturday!!!! Instead of losing all that useful information, maybe you could publish a book entitled: “Good Places to Park your Motorhome in Romsey”!!

  6. PS …………. You must be nearing our house by now!!! Get that kettle on Ian!!!!

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