Tuesday 7 April

We didn’t light the fire yesterday and our first job this morning was to clean out the fire-box, remove the fire bricks and sweep the chimney.

After that we spent the day exploring Droitwich in the sunshine.

At first glance the shopping area appeared to comprise only the High Street of independent shops with Waitrose sitting close to the canal.   However, we left the High Street and headed towards the Raven Hotel where we saw a sign for Victoria Square and, whilst we ignored this at first as it only appeared to lead to a derelict shopping centre, we later approached Victoria Square from another direction and found Morrisons, W H Smiths, Argos, Wilco, New Look and many other multiples, hiding behind the dilapidated 60’s frontage.

We then followed signs for the Lido Park. The lido pool itself was closed, only opening the first week in June until the first week in September, but the park itself was very popular with families making the most of the Easter holidays and enjoying the swings and slides, playing tennis, football, cricket, having picnics, and enjoying the space to cycle along the many paths well away from the road, in the sunshine.

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There are some lovely houses close to the park and it was nice to see manicured gardens full of blossom and spring flowers.

We returned to the boat through Vines Park through which both the canal and River Salwarpe flow.   The Park has been developed from an area of old brine workshops and there are information boards explaining Droitwich’s historical links with salt. Here we bought a locally made and award winning Churchfield’s ice-cream from the mobile van in the park. It was yummy.

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Vines Park with Waitrose in the background and the canal bank visible just behind the noticeboard.

We think Droitwich is well worth a visit.

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