Prom Cafe at Pier Approach, Bournemouth

A walk from Bournemouth to Westbourne

Continuing my series of walks in and around Bournemouth, we recently took a 3.5 mile looped walk along the promenade, through Alum Chine to Westbourne and then returning through the Central and Lower Gardens.  The scenery is varied and there are some lovely cafes along the way to stop off for a bite to eat …

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Christchurch Priory

A walk around Christchurch, Dorset

The picturesque riverside town of Christchurch lies a short distance from its larger neighbour Bournemouth on the south coast of England in beautiful Dorset.  The town is easily accessible as it is on the main rail line between London Waterloo and Weymouth and is well connected to nearby larger towns by regular bus services. It …

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Canal boat on the Kennet and Avon, Newbury

Newbury Canal Walk – Speen Moors

We decided to spend the day in the attractive market town of Newbury which lies in the heart of West Berkshire.  The town is approximately 30 minutes drive from Oxford and around an hour by train from London.  We left the car in the Newbury Goldwell car park beside the leisure centre on Northcroft Lane …

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Regent's Canal, London

Regent’s Canal Walk: King’s Cross to Paddington

This 5 mile walk along the Regent's Canal passes through some of London's best kept secrets including Regent's Park and Little Venice whilst avoiding the congestion and crowds of life in the capital. Our walk started outside King's Cross station from where we wandered around the corner to Granary Square and the vibrant Coal Drops …

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Port Sunlight cottages

Day 2. Port Sunlight & The Ness Gardens, The Wirral

After starting the day with a brisk walk along the seafront at Hoylake, we popped back into the car and headed to Ness Botanic Gardens located in Neston, Cheshire.  The gardens are open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. with standard admission £8.25 The gardens were founded in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a Liverpool …

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National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Day 1. The National Waterways Museum, The Wirral

After recently spending an enjoyable weekend in nearby Liverpool, we decided to turn our attention to the Wirral Peninsula.  This stretch of land is bordered by the River Mersey to the east, the Irish Sea and River Dee to the west and the Shropshire Union Canal to the south providing us with 25 miles of …

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Bournemouth Air Show, Super Pitts

Bournemouth Air Show 2021

The Bournemouth Air Show takes place at the end of August/ early September each year featuring air displays over four days against a backdrop of the beautiful sweeping bay. There is no admittance charge to the festival and thousands of plane lovers flock to the Dorset resort on the south coast of England to watch …

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Gibbon Bridge Hotel

The Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping – A Review

Location: The Gibbon Bridge Hotel & Restaurant is located on the edge of the charming village of Chipping in the picturesque Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty within the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.  The hotel is set in 23 acres of beautiful gardens in a secluded position yet is easily accessible to the …

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Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Day 3. Exploring Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley

Our stay at the gorgeous Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping had been lovely and after packing up the car we didn't hurry off but instead relaxed awhile on its sun drenched terrace.  Overlooking the beautiful landscaped gardens and rolling hills beyond, the setting is idyllic and the perfect place to unwind. Although we could have lazed there …

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Browsholme Hall, Clitheroe

Day 2. Touring the Ribble Valley

It was the perfect way to start our day, sitting in the conservatory of the Gibbon Bridge Hotel enjoying a cooked breakfast with views across the delightful landscaped gardens. Our first activity of the day was then just down the road at Leagrams Organic Dairy just outside the picturesque village of Chipping.  The entrance to …

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