Giant's Causeway

Day 4. Giant’s Causeway & Boat Tour, Northern Ireland

After staying overnight at The Causeway Hotel we started the day with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room to ready ourselves for an action packed day exploring the Giant's Causeway and surrounding coastline. After returning to our room and checking out we didn't have far to go as The Causeway Hotel is …

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Day 3. Hiking & Chocolate Making, Northern Ireland

We awoke refreshed at The Willows after sleeping on such comfortable mattresses in our delightful Aspen bedroom.  Drawing back the curtains we were dismayed to discover it was raining heavily, not a good sign for a planned hiking trip! To lift our spirits we wandered down to the dining room to be greeted by the cheerful …

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St. Eugene's Cathedral, Derry

Day 2. Derry Guildhall & Bogside

We started the day with a leisurely breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express Derry~Londonderry.  After checking out of the hotel and leaving our bags to collect later in the day we walked across the Peace Bridge as we had only viewed it after dark the previous evening.  Since it's opening in 2011 the bridge has …

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Derry Peace Bridge and Centre

Day 1. Exploring Derry, Northern Ireland

This is the first in a series of posts on our recent 10 day road trip across Ireland – starting in Derry/ Londonderry before travelling along the Causeway Coast and then down the Wild Atlantic Way - I hope you enjoy reading. We arrived into City of Derry Airport the previous evening, flying with Loganair …

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Brighton Pier

Brighton – a travel guide

Brighton - What to see and do British Airways i360 Start by visiting the i360 viewing tower, opened in 2016 on the site of the old West Pier.  Over 25 minutes the large glass capsule rises to a height of 450ft (138m), offering great views both along the coast and inland across the South Downs. …

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Bridgewater Canal, Manchester

Manchester – a travel guide

MANCHESTER - WHAT TO SEE AND DO Manchester Town Hall Located in Albert Square and one of the most iconic landmarks in the city.  It's a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United Kingdom.  Constructed in 1877 at a cost of £1m and containing more than 14m bricks it's a joy to behold.  The …

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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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