National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

Day 1. Wirral Short Break – The National Waterways Museum

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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Forest of Bowland

Day 1. A weekend in the Ribble Valley

The scenic Ribble Valley is one of northern England's best kept secrets being an area of outstanding natural beauty noted for its rural landscape and welcoming hospitality.  How do we find this hidden gem, you may well ask?  Well, it's quite easy actually as the Ribble Valley is located in Lancashire and accessible from the …

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Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Day 7. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

All good things have to come to an end and before we knew it, we had reached the final day of our Scottish holiday.  Our train home wasn't until 6.30 p.m. though so we had the entire day to explore Edinburgh. After checking out of the lovely Altido Vita aparthotel and leaving our luggage to …

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The harbour, North Berwick

Day 6. A day in North Berwick

Edinburgh is undoubtedly a beautiful city with so many interesting things to see and do but it's also the perfect base from which to explore more of Scotland.  After days out by train earlier in the week to both Stirling and Glasgow we then decided to visit the picturesque seaside town of North Berwick which …

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Day 5. A day in Glasgow

After enjoying a day in Stirling the previous day, we turned our attention to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city sitting on the banks of the River Clyde.  We bought off peak day returns at £13.70 each and the journey from Edinburgh Waverley Station to Glasgow Queen Street took just 1 hour and 20 minutes. The station …

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Stirling

Day 4. A day in Stirling

We decided to spend the day in Stirling and booked anytime day return tickets from Edinburgh Waverley at £16.90 per person.  Stirling lies 37 miles north west of Edinburgh and is often referred to as the gateway to the Scottish Highlands.  The journey time was only 45 minutes and it seemed no time at all …

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