Monday, 14 September 2009

Lichfield

Lichfield is a pretty city. With two expanses of water (or Pools) sitting right next to the town and adjacent to the Cathedral it is well worth a visit. The Cathedral itself is spectacular and at night, with it's pointy spires, when not illuminated, looks rather like one of the Shadow ships from Babylon 5 thrusting up from out of the earth. A bonus is that unlike Great Malvern there are actually lots of places to eat in Lichfield, including the award winning Chandlers which is the place we chose for our evening meal.

Lichfield is fairly easy to cycle to from Nottingham - about 48 miles all in all if you go the scenic route via Shardlow, Aston, Repton and Burton on Trent. It isn't too hilly since it follows the Trent river valley, however be prepared for a few slopes around Repton and Burton. Also be prepared for the very bumpy roads which led to A's seat bolt snapping rather fortunately about 50 yards from a a cycle shop in Long Eaton.

Repton hosts a lovely tea-room, the Brook Farm tea rooms, an ideal stop-off for the wary cyclist and Repton also has the distinction of being the ancient capital of Mercia with a four king crypt in the impressive church.

Netherstowe House where we stayed was quite grand and provided a lovely room (The Garrick) but with a small bathroom. it is set in the middle of an housing estate but you couldn't tell.

We enjoyed Lichfield so much that we are looking forward to returning one day to see more of the sites and events that this historic town hosts.