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UK Touring

Planning our next big adventure

So in the last few days of our European holiday last year, we started discussing our “next holiday”. We wanted to re-visit parts of England and explore Scotland and Ireland; we definitely wanted to re-visit Paris but also wanted to explore the European countries along the Mediterranean Sea. But we figured we couldn’t take another … Continue reading »

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Lovely Lakes

After a wet morning in Carlisle, restful scenic train trip to Settle and back (I am sure this would be spectacular in fine weather) we motored towards the Lakes District via a pass called Glenridding – wow! I did not know what to expect with the lakes district actually, not having done much research (Jo … Continue reading »

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Oooh, I like a bit of Wensleydale Grommit.

After an evening of getting organized, changing the suitcase to B&B mode we said goodbye to Bramble Cottage, a fantastic little barn conversion that has been so comfortable as home base for the last little while. We headed out via roundabouts and service roads to the M1 north towards Aysgarth National Park Centre, a centre … Continue reading »

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The Full Yorkshire Flavour

The last few days in Yorkshire have been full and fabulous, so much so that I am a little behind on my blogging and so will compress a couple of days into a single post – the days were all about getting a sense of Yorkshire and surrounds and that we did. We visited many … Continue reading »

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Friends, Gardens and Tea

After a lazy start on a nippy morning we motored to see the rock formations at Brimham. This landscape was other-worldly but fascinating. Such a brilliant walk amongst naturally occurring monoliths that dwarf you. There were kids everywhere, rock hopping and exploring. . On the way back to the carpark it snowed, it got really … Continue reading »

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Roadkill and Other Metrics

We have done a lot of driving both at home in Oz, NZ and now in the UK, and as a driver you work on ways to keep your mind busy. In Wales it was easy, the road signs were all in Welsh first and then English second, sometimes. I wish I had done some … Continue reading »

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Motorways and Dambusters

An early start (but time enough for a “full Welsh” breakfast thanks to our early rising host), we bid farewell to the wonderful walled town of Conwy and to Wales entirely as we wended our way towards Yorkshire. These long drive days get me thinking about roadways and main motorways in particular – they are … Continue reading »

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Didn’t We Have A Lovely Day, The Day We Drove To Bangor.

After a solid sleep in a rickety bed in Talybont-on-Usk, we awoke to a hearty breakfast, packed and set off for a day of driving to the north of Wales. We had advice not to take the motorway (thanks Mike and Trip Advisor) and so headed into the hills for the scenic tour (motorways the … Continue reading »

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Abbey, Castle, Castle, Pub

We slept in a little this morning and so were in a bit off rush initially to pack and leave Looe. Patsy took us to the motorway and soon we were leaving Cornwall, through Deavon, bypassing Plymouth and into southern Wales. After a tea and wee stop we motored to the ruin of Tintern Abbey. … Continue reading »

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That Other Eden

After a leisurely start, we motored in the rain to The Eden Project. We got there an hour after opening time and the car parks were empty, so we got nice and close, then walked down to the main complex. Wow What used to be a china clay pit has been transformed by tonnes of … Continue reading »

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