On a lovely sunny Saturday morning we drove to Hungerford. Primarily this was so DH and No. 1 son could view and photograph a special steam train that was passing through. However I love visiting Hungerford and mooching around all the little individual shops there so I left the men folk to go to the station whilst I made for the town.
|Town Hall and view down High Street|
|Antiques Arcade very often featured on TV in shows like Bargain Hunt|
|Some interesting bits and pieces outside of the Antiques Arcade|
|View looking up the High Street to the bridge and the town hall|
When I had had enough of looking at the shops I wandered down to the canal to sit on a seat in the sunshine and idled my time away watching families feeding the ducks.
After the steam train had gone through we met up for lunch at a little coffee shop called The Tutti Pole. I did attempt to get a photo of it but there was some sort of cycle meet up event going on and I couldn't get a clear photo for all the bikes and lycra clad cyclists that were congregated outside. There were more cyclists inside but we did manage to get a table and enjoyed a lovely lunch.
You can find out why the coffee shop has such an unusual name here, the ancient festival of Hocktide with Tutti Men carrying Tutti Poles is still carried out each year in Hungerford.
We then decided to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy high street so walked along the canal towpath towards Newbury direction. What a difference, we had only walked about 100 yards and we were in the peace and quiet of the countryside with just the narrowboats and ducks for company.
|Can you spot the dog on the towpath? He belonged to the people on this boat - one way of taking your dog for a walk I suppose!|
|DH and No. 1 son looking for possible future vantage points for photographing trains|
There are very often steam train excursions passing through Hungerford so I am sure we will be visiting again very soon.