Adventures in the UK Day 4 – Wolves and Roman Towns
Today we visited two fun places that are relatively close to one another, so not a long drive.
The Wolf Conservancy
You can see several different types of wolves here. The habitats are large, but the wolves are pretty used to people so they come close to the fence for photo sessions. The staff at the conservancy are a wealth of information about the animals and happy to chat and answer questions.
They also had an education center with an interesting selection of insects, reptiles, and amphibians you could interact with courtesy of Quirks’ Animal Show.
My son was very excited to hold a baby boa constrictor (shown below) and a giant millipede (next photo down).
After the wolves, we had lunch at a lovely pub nearby called The 6 Bells. They offered a discount to visitors from The Wolf Conservancy. Bargain!
Great food. Beautiful building. Love the flowers everywhere!
This site is fascinating. It’s the ruins of a real Roman town, dating back to about 200 AD.
While you have to use your imagination for most of the layout, as it has mostly disintegrated back to green cow pastures, there are several walls still intact and the base/walls of the amphitheater are still standing.
Along the way, we met some students from the University of Reading who were doing an archaeology dig in the driveway of a farm. They were excavating the ruins of a Roman temple recently identified. One of the students was kind enough to show us around the dig and describe in detail what they were looking for, what they were finding, and what would happen when they were done (yes, the farmer gets his driveway back!).
This young man did an awesome job! Very well-spoken and very knowledgeable. Helped bring history to life for us.
Tomorrow we’re off to Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Can you guess our destination?