The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe

Location The Inn at Whitewell is located in one of England's 36 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the Duchy of Lancaster estate overlooking the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. This charming 14th century inn is easily accessible from the M6 motorway with Lancaster being 18 miles to the north and Preston …

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Day 2. Continuing our visit to the Ribble Valley

After a traditional Lancashire breakfast at The Inn at Whitewell we were soon ready to see more of the beautiful Ribble Valley. Our first stop of the day was just up the road in the charming small village of Chipping. Narrow winding country lanes lead into the village centre, its attractive stone cottages bedecked with …

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Day 1. A short break in the Ribble Valleyi

The Ribble Valley is an idyllic part of the north of England located in north east Lancashire and covering 212 sq. miles of the Forest of Bowland, an area of deep valleys and peat moorland. It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but despite booming tourism with ever increasing numbers of visitors, it's still a …

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Croft Mill Aparthotel, Hebden Bridge

Location Croft Mill Aparthotel is located in the centre of the attractive small town of Hebden Bridge which lies 8 miles west of Halifax and is perfectly placed mid way between Leeds and Manchester, both less than an hour away. The apartments have a car park which is a huge bonus in such a popular …

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Day 2. British Airways i360 and Brighton Pavilion

After waking early we caught the Coastliner 700 bus service into the centre of Brighton.  Before leaving home our original plan had been to travel into Brighton by train but on noticing these buses passing along Worthing's seafront at ten minute intervals we opted for the Coastliner instead.  Despite the journey time by road taking …

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The Holiday Inn Hull Marina

Location The hotel has a superb location overlooking the waterside at Hull Marina. For those travelling by car it's just off the A63 which links to the M62 motorway and is only a ten minute walk from Hull Paragon station for guests arriving into the city by train, Arrival and Check-in The spacious reception lobby …

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Day 2. Visiting The Deep in Hull and dining at Ambiente

We woke to some lovely spring sunshine and started our day with a hearty breakfast at a window table of the hotel's restaurant overlooking the marina. As we tucked into our delicious breakfasts we watched the crew of one yacht preparing to set sail. The buffet had an excellent choice of hot and cold dishes …

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A visit to Thorp Perrow in the Yorkshire Dales

I've always enjoyed woodland walks and when it was suggested that we visit an arboretum I was eager to explore Thorp Perrow Arboretum, which boasts one of the largest collections of trees and shrubs in the north of England.  These include the national collection of Ash, Lime, Laburnum, Walnut and Cotinus.  The Arboretum is located …

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Day 2.  Exploring London’s East End

Buffet style breakfast is included in the room rate at Ibis Styles hotels and there was a good selection of both hot and cold dishes to set us up for the day in its brightly coloured restaurant.  Setting off, I walked the short distance to Prince Regent DLR station and made my way via Canning …

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Day 3.   Exploring Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

After eating breakfast in our hotel the  Ibis Styles located in the Docklands we took the DLR the short distance to Stratford to visit Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which was the venue for the Summer 2012 Olympic Games. On leaving the station we took the escalator up to 'The Street' which is an outdoor part …

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