Bratts tour of UK & Ireland



Auckland to Heathrow

Heathrow to Gatwick

Gatwick to Bath

Bath to Port Isaac

Port Isaac to Dorchester

Dorchester to Abbey Wood

London - Day 7

London - Day 8

Abbey Wood to Ashford


Ashford to Brecon

Brecon to Abergavenny

Abergavenny to Chester

Chester to Stranraer

Stranraer to Omagh

Omagh to Dublin

Dublin to Glenville

Glenville to Lough Ree

Lough Ree to Belfast

Belfast to Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond to Inverness

Inverness to the Grampians

The Grampians to Edinburgh

Edinburgh to Consett

Consett to Doncaster

Doncaster to Warwick

Warwick to Moreton-In-Marsh

Moreton-In-Marsh to Cirencester

Cirencester to Fareham

Fareham to Heathrow to Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Day 1

Hong Kong - Day 2

Hong Kong - Day 3

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Day 4 - Bath to Port Isaac 1/06/05
Abbey at GlastonburyTo get to the south west of England we headed North. It seems Irish, but we wanted to see Bristol. Unfortunately Bristol was experiencing a heavy downpour so we headed for the nearest Starbucks to try out our mobile internet connection; yay, success! Wells was also wet so we did a drive-by and moved on.

We toughed the drizzle out at Glastonbury and did the tourist thing. Glastonbury Abbey has an amazing history of religious and mythical significance. It is the reputed birthplace of Christianity in England and a seat of Arthurian Myth. It is worth a visit to see the ruins left after King Henry VIII destroyed the Abbey for its religious connections.

Above: Ladies Chapel, Glastonbury

Choir ruins in Abbey at GlastonburyLeft: Choir ruins, Glastonbury







The old family home of the Brakes

We continued our history lesson, but this time on a more personal note. We visited the small town (very small) of Shapwick to see where the first Brake in my family to come to New Zealand was born. Then we followed his footsteps to Bridgwater where he was married. We couldn’t find the actual church, but found 20 Brakes in the phone book. Above is the house where great-great-great grandfather Charles Brake was born.

Doc Martins surgery at portwennLeft: Port Isaac and a view of Doc Martin's Portwenn Surgery

We then took a long drive to the west coast to a small fishing village called Port Isaac. Although the village has been used for the settings of films and TV series its name probably doesn't ring a bell as they seldom use its real name. You may know it as Portwenn as the setting for the Doc Martin Series. We sampled the cod, chips & vinegar here and free camped in the playground.

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