Camper Jam 2018

The annual meeting of VW camper enthusiasts at Weston Hall in Shropshire.

A beautifully restored example of a T1 splitscreen VW bus.

 

 

 

… and someone else’s idea of a beautiful VW.

 

 

 

 

An interesting gravity-defying roof-top tent from TUFF-TREK.

 

 

What would Camper Jam be without a beer tent?


Today happened to be the day of the World Cup match between England and Sweden. The organisers thought it might be a good idea to provide a TV screen for the occasion.

Plenty of people agreed.

A trip to Chester

Chester is a walled city in Cheshire, and one of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. It’s situated on the River Dee, close to the border with Wales.

A typical street in ChesterA typical example of the Chester ‘Rows’. These are unique in Britain and consist of buildings with shops and businesses on the lower two storeys.

Some are even lower than the street itself, and resemble vaults, while others are accessed via  a continuous walkway overlooking the street.

 

 

Intricate 19th-century clock atop a former Roman fortress gateway

The turret of Eastgate Clock is among the most famous timepieces in the country. It sits on top of the wide archway of a red sandstone bridge on the site of the original entrance to the fortress.

It is reputed to be the most photographed clock in England, after Big Ben.

 

Queen's Park Bridge - Chester, spanning the river Dee.Queen’s Park suspension bridge, originally built in 1852, and then demolished in 1922 to be replaced by the present structure designed by Charles Greenwood, City Engineer and Surveyor.

The opening ceremony, conducted by the Mayor of Chester, Councillor S.R. Wall, took place on 18 April 1923. The bridge was restored in 1998 and again in 2012.

 

River Dee - The Groves.The Groves,  a River side walk on the North side of the River Dee.

Pleasure boats leave at frequent intervals for a short cruise  along the river Dee.

 

The Shropshire Union canal runs from Wolverhampton up to the river Mersey at Ellesmere Port, stopping off for a breather at Chester on the way.

 

Tower Wharf Basin on the Shropshire Union canal. Taking its name from a medieval watertower, and now a redeveloped area containing hotels offices and apartments.

 

Telford’s Warehouse, originally constructed circa 1790, and designed by Thomas Telford. Converted to a pub/restaurant in the 1980s.

 

They do a very nice pint of Guiness here.

Worcester

Hot, sunny day signalled a drive out. I chose Worcester, which is 31 miles  southwest of Birmingham and situated next to the river Severn.

The sun was so fierce that I bought a Donald Trump hat for protection.

It was a relaxing day, meandering around the city and putting away an enjoyable lunch in a very comfortable restaurant, the name of which I forget. It was tucked away down a winding alleyway off the high street.

Here’s a railway bridge.

 

The spire now known as ‘Glover’s Needle’ used to crown the church of St Andrew, but this building was demolished in the late 1940s.

The remaining tower now stands in St Andrews Gardens close to Worcester College of Technology. It is the tallest spire in the country to have such a narrow angle of taper.

 

 

Before heading for home, I finished off with an ice-cold pint of Guiness at ‘Browns at the Quay’.

Took the opportunityto muscle in on a shaded spot on the terrace as other patrons stood up to leave so we could escape the relentless heat of the sun. Here is the view of the river from our table.