Iona goes to a Theme Park

Drayton Manor C&CC, Fazeley.
Trip 21, 24th – 27th October 2017
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This trip was planned because it was on a Camping & Caravan Club Site, The Temporary Holiday Site was run by the Fenland District Association and it was only £11pn including Electric Hook Up. The Sat Nav took us there without any problem although there were a couple of large complicated roundabouts.

When I checked in there seemed to have been some confusion. I booked 4 nights but the planning dept thought I wanted four days and not four nights. They are fully booked because of a grand firework display on Fri/Sat/Sun nights, so we were reduced to three nights.

 

The site is big with a large number of hard standings, two rally fields and some Ready Camping surrounded by woodland. The site it right next to Drayton Manor theme park so it gets very busy in the summer and with it being half term the coming weekend is very busy. We went for a walk around the outskirts of the campsite and the park that also has a hotel and a separate conference site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a walkway where you are tethered to the beige girders but you can walk anywhere in safety.
Ready Camping

 

The toilet and shower block is amazing, plenty of toilets and the biggest shower cubicles we have seen. There is also a laundry room which has a washer and dryer and sinks etc all very clean.

We finished the day with a Chinese style curry and rice.
Day2:
After a slow start we left the campsite and headed to the main road. We crossed the road and found a swing bridge across the canal, there was also a footbridge with towers and spiral staircases. We crossed the canal and followed the towpath into Fazeley.

Towers and spiral staircase with the agricultural swing bridge just behind

 

One of the old Mill warehouses

The canal went under the main road and we came to a marina with another bridge over the canal entrance we continued on towards Fazeley. We passed some old industrial building, a huge disused Mill building right next to the canal with the original wharf still in place. Opposite is a disused Presbyterian Church.

Presbyterian Church.

Then under another bridge to a junction in the canal. This was where the Birmingham and Fazeley canal meets the Coventry Canal.

 

Birmingham and Fazeley Canal junction with the Coventry Canal.

 

Here we crossed the canal and walked the towpath towards Birmingham for a short way to see a new development built around the Peels Wharf.

Peels Wharf

We returned to Fazeley junction and walked south along the Coventry canal to where it went under the main road, here we left the towpath and joined the road back into Fazeley and back to Drayton Manor.

Campsite Reception

 

We had been out for two hours and walked nearly five miles. Lunch and a couple of beers in the Sun was next on the agenda.
Day 3:

The weather is dull and quite cool so we decided to stay inside and read. There was plenty of movement as people left during the morning. After lunch there seemed to be a new motorhome or caravan arriving every half hour. Tomorrow and over the weekend there are three firework displays which why it is getting busy.

 

Sue tried a new recipe for tea. One pot Fish Stew with some crusty bread. It was really good and it goes onto the menu list for the future.

Trip 21: 144 miles, 26.5 mpg,  36 mph, 4hrs

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