Old Basing, Hampshire

Day 2. Old Basing and Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

After a good night's sleep we started the day with a delicious cooked breakfast at the lovely Barton's Mill on the outskirts of Basingstoke.  It was a bright, sunny morning as we set out on foot to explore the picturesque village of Old Basing. From Barton's Mill we followed a short section of the Basing …

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Day 1. A weekend in Basingstoke

We planned a short break in Basingstoke, the largest town in Hampshire, located close to the West Berkshire border.  The town lies 30 miles (48km) north east of Southampton and 48 miles (77 km) south west of London. It is easily accessible by road being just a few minutes drive from Junction 6 of the …

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The Wensleydale Hotel, Middleham, North Yorkshire

Hotel Review Location: The Wensleydale Hotel is located in the delightful small town of Middleham nestled on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's just two miles from the bustling market town of Leyburn and 10 miles from Richmond.  For those travelling from London or the south, Middleham can be reached by taking …

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Day 3. Exploring Hawes, Wensleydale

Our stay at the  Wensleydale Hotel  had been lovely and before checking out we enjoyed another of their delicious breakfasts to set us up for the day.  We then packed up the car and headed off to explore more of this beautiful part of Yorkshire. Our first stop was at Aysgarth Falls just a 25 minute …

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Day 2. A walk around Richmond, North Yorkshire

Our day started in the best way possible with a delicious breakfast at the Wensleydale Hotel, Middleham and this set us up nicely for the day ahead.   We'd planned to spend the day exploring the historic market town of Richmond,  noted for its Norman castle, elegant Georgian architecture and riverside setting. It took us …

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Black Sheep Visitor Centre Sign

Day 1. Weekend in Wensleydale

We were up bright and early for our road trip to scenic Wensleydale in North Yorkshire.  The area is famous for the cheese to which it gives its name but for lots of other interesting things too as we were soon to discover. Our first stop was to the village of Masham (pronounced massham) to …

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Hotel Indigo Bath

Hotel Indigo Bath

Hotel Review Following a multi-million pound restoration project taking four years, the 166 room Hotel Indigo Bath finally opened its doors in September 2020.  It's set in a beautiful honey coloured Bath stone Georgian terrace laid out in the 1740's by renowned local architect John Wood the Elder. Location: The hotel is perfectly situated on …

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Roman Baths, Bath

Day 4. Bath’s Roman Baths and surrounding area

Our final day in Bath had come around all too quickly and after enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Indigo Bath we checked out of the hotel and set off to visit Bath's number one attraction, namely its Roman Baths. The baths are located in the centre of Bath next to the abbey and are open daily …

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Bath Crescent

Day 3. A walk around Bath

After a leisurely breakfast our day began with a visit to the Bath World Heritage Centre on York Street.  The centre is free to visit and features interactive exhibits and displays.  UNESCO added Bath as a cultural site to its World Heritage list in 1987 and from reading an information board we learnt that it had …

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Bath Abbey

Day 2. Exploring Bath

After sleeping soundly in our lovely room at the Hotel Indigo Bath we popped downstairs to start the day by tucking into a delicious buffet breakfast in the attractive Elder restaurant. Ready to go after a couple of cappuccinos we ventured south east of the town to visit the American Museum and Gardens (standard adult admission £14.50, …

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