A walk along the Kennet & Avon canal in Newbury

What could be nicer on a warm, sunny spring day than to enjoy a leisurely wander along a canal towpath.  With this in mind, we jumped in the car and drove to Newbury, a market town in West Berkshire.  The town is approximately 30 minutes drive from Oxford and about an hour by train from …

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A visit to Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough

Although we are frequent visitors to the spa town of Harrogate it's awhile since we visited the attractive North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough yet it's only 4 miles from there. We had come to visit Mother Shipton's Cave, England's oldest paying visitor attraction which has been open to the public since 1630. Admission is …

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Bingley and its Five Rise Locks

We decided to visit Bingley to view the famous Five Rise Lock staircase on the Leeds Liverpool canal, which is the steepest in Britain.   Bingley is located in West Yorkshire and can be accessed by train as Bingley is on the Airedale Line with regular services from Leeds and Bradford.  The Locks are approximately …

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Exploring the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford

After enjoying our visit to MediaCityUK in Salford we decided it was time to take a look around the National Science and Media Museum based in Bradford, West Yorkshire.   The museum is devoted to Film, Photography and Television and the science of light and sound, which is part of the National Science group. The museum is …

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Day 4. A final day of sightseeing in Warsaw

A bright, sunny morning to start the final day of our short break in Warsaw so after breakfast we took the bus to the old town which was looking so much nicer than on our earlier visit. We started our tour in the old town market place with its Dutch inspired houses. The pedestrianised cobbled …

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Day 3. A snowy day in Warsaw

We woke to heavy overnight snow which was surprising for late March, leaving the city looking beautiful in the sun. We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Life Under Communism located on the left bank of the river in the Praga district. To get there, we took Tram 22 from Centrum. …

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Day 2. Exploring Warsaw

After enjoying the Ibis hotel's buffet breakfast, we were ready for a busy day exploring more of Warsaw's attractions.  Our first stop was at the Royal Lazienki Park which was only a 15 minute walk from the hotel.  It's the largest park in Warsaw and was designed in 17th century Baroque style. Just inside the …

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Day 1. Our first day in Warsaw

We arrived in Warsaw the previous evening on a Ryanair flight from Leeds-Bradford Airport.  Our flight departed promptly at 16.10 arriving into Modlin, Warsaw's second airport.  Transferring into the city centre was very easy with tickets costing 19zl (£3.95) per person, available from a machine in the baggage hall.  A regular shuttle bus service then …

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Day 1. A short break in the Yorkshire Dales

We decided to spend a couple of days in Clapham, located just off the A65 in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  After the previous day's sunshine we were disappointed to be setting off in heavy rain but were hopeful that the weather would improve as we neared our destination. Our first stop was to the …

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Day 2. Visiting Ingleborough Cave

Our four poster bed was so comfortable at the New Inn that I could have slept in longer if it wasn't for the lovely view of Clapham Beck from the bedroom window along with a glimpse of early morning sunshine. Breakfast was served in the hotel's bistro where we found a varied selection of fruit, …

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