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 12 - Brecon to Abergavenny 9/06/2005
Brecon to Abergavenny! For those who have been to Wales this would seem a strange journey. Its less than an hours drive, its a journey back to where we came from and there is nothing to see in Abergavenny. So why did we go there? It's a long story!

First we went to the beautiful town of Hay-on-Wye. This town has quaint food outlets and forty book stores including the largest second hand book shop in the world. We bought books and more books even brand new ones for a £1. They even had a shop that just sold hundreds of teddies and jigsaws, my type of heaven or potential retirement village.

We went to Hereford (England) looking for Roger’s mothers cousin (Richard) in a small hamlet called Priors Frome. Absolutely lost down a country road a local came to our rescue and just happen to be Richard’s neighbour. He wasn’t home so we headed to the local pub for a traditional English all you eat £5 buffet with warm beer and thimble sized warm orange. I am learning to ask for a big glass and ice.

Didnt burn a lot of deisel on this part of the journeyEnglish pubs are sticklers for lunch between 12.00 and 2.00 so our initial choice for lunch, the Cock of Tupsley, missed out earlier. However, little were we to know we would be back to frequent their pub for some time. As we headed back to Hereford to use the Internet the plastic clutch pedal broke. After one hour the RAC NZ tourist in tow-yardcame, after two hours the the tow truck turned up, after three hours we were seeing the town of Abergaveeny (Wales) by foot, after four hours we discovered our water supply had run out. Only consolation?

We slept at the tow-yard for free, big deal.

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