Down to Upton

Continuing our brief visit to Upton on Severn, here are a few more pics.

After an extremely comfortable first night in the motorhome, we awoke to what promised to be a beautiful day ………. until we heard the weather forecast …….. PM, rain, turning to sleet or snow on the high ground 😮

Not wanting to use the motorhome, as we were only about 20 minutes walk from the town, I got myself togged up for the promised downpour, T on the other hand had decided we’d be back before the heavens opened. Off we set 🙂

First T wanted to pick up an adjustable spanner for the gas bottle, so we made our way to the local Countrywide store, dogs on leads are welcome, the sign said, so we ALL went in. Jasper and Sals eyes widened at the sights & smells emitting from the section specially for dogs, where we’d suddenly been pulled to.

Leaving the store, we wandered across the road, to have a look at the River Severn.

Making our way to the road bridge, we crossed over the river, stopping to take in the view of the Malverns in the distance.

Upton is part of the 40 mile circular Elgar Route, which meanders through the rolling Worcestershire countryside.

Still no sign of the promised rain, we found a suitable location to sit and watch the world go by.

The old road bridge used to cross the river just by the steps in the brickwork on the above photo, this was washed away in the 1852 flood. Upton has suffered severe floods in the past, the last time was in 2007. Flood defences are presently been built, which can be seen in the pic of Jasp & Sal in slideshow below.

Sitting watching the men at work, we felt the first few drops of rain, the sky was still fairly bright, so we continued on our way, to have a look at Upton Marina (see in slideshow). Bad idea that was as the rain was getting quite heavy by the time we got there. Turning tail, we walked back towards the town, finding an arch to shelter under as the rain became quite heavy.

As the rain eased slightly, we made a dash back to the road bridge…….. 2nd bad idea ……… the heavens opened just as we were on the bridge, being open to the elements and the wind blowing directly from the now not visible Malverns, the driving rain bit into my face as Jasp decided he wasn’t budging, T by this time was running over the bridge with Sal in tow.

When I eventually caught up with a now soaked T (in his non waterproof coat) & Sal (who looked liked she’d swum across the river) they were sheltering under a tree. Jasper, who loathes getting wet, looked even wetter than Sal, and Me? my trousers were soaked from the rain running off my lovely waterproof coat.

Soggily we walked back into the town, where we called into the local store for more provisions for that evening.

Dinner that evening was pasta, and more much needed red wine.

The evening turned out quite nice in the end, with a beautiful sunset over the Malverns, but it didn’t last, I was woken several times during the night, with rain hammering on the roof.

By lunchtime today, with the rain still hammering down, we decided to call it a day and set off for home.

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Up to Upton

We decided to take the Motor Home on a little sojourn up to Upton-on-Severn, though technically it should be down as it is south west from home.
Our first true outing, we loaded everything for our 3 day holiday into the van, including two very puzzled dogs, that quizzically watched us loading their beds, food, towels(good job we put those in) leads and food tub.
After spending a blissful day at Bidford-on-Avon last week in glorious sunshine, it would have been nice to have experienced something similar, but fat chance of that though with the UK having a bank holiday approaching.
We arrived on the site, an extremely quiet field on a working farm, complete with electric hook up. After settling the van onto a nice level pitch with views towards the Malverns, we set off with the dogs to walk into the town.

The Pepperpot Tower, dating back to before the English Civil War of the mid 1600’s. Battle damage from these times can be still seen on the tower. Upton has a lot of history from around this era.

After a wander around, we called into a local store to pick up a few provisions ready for our evening meal of …………. Wait for it ………….. beans on toast and red wine.