I am going to squish the last 2.5 days in England in to one post to save everyone(myself included) from too many of these travel posts.
We left the hotel after breakfast and drove to Stonehenge. We did not go to the visitor center and pay the very high price to take a shuttle to the “official” Stonehenge path. We turned down the dirt road right past Stonehenge, parked there, and walked to the free path that is only steps away from the paid path. There were some trailers there protesting the people charging to see Stonehenge.
We left Stonehenge and drove to Bath. We spent a couple of hours walking around, but didn’t really go in any of the sites. I was not expecting it to be such a bustling shopping town.
After Bath, we swung by Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was late, so all of the sites were closed, but we were able to get some pictures of Shakespeare’s house and the Royal Theatre. We then went back to Bourton-on-the-Water for dinner and sleep.
Walking Stats: 16,133 steps. 9 flights climbed. 6 miles.
We checked out and drove the several hours back past London and down to Dover. We toured Dover Castle and went to see the White Cliffs. We really enjoyed Dover Castle and spent a lot of time there. The Operation Dynamo and the Underground Hospital tours were worth the wait in a line. Dover might be my favorite place we visited. After Dover, we drove to Leeds Castle where we were spending the night. We had access to the grounds even though the castle was closed to the public.
Walking Stats: 15,840 steps. 57 flights climbed. 5.5 miles
We spent the morning touring Leeds Castle(included in the booking of the room) and going through the maze and then headed to Ashford to return the rental car and take the train to Paris. Only a small snafu when we were pushing it on time and discovered the entry to the parking and rental car drop off was closed for construction and there was a 15 minute detour to get in to drop the car. We still had plenty of time for the train, but 15 minutes late dropping the car. The AC was out in our train car, so that was fun.
Next post will be the Paris post, including the evening of Day 7 arrival.