Steep hill, Lincoln

Day 3. Sightseeing in Lincoln

After another delicious breakfast at the White Hart Hotel, we checked out of our room, leaving our luggage to collect later in the day.  We'd read that an exhibition entitled 'A Century of Valour' documenting Lincolnshire's aviation gallantry had just opened at the Collection Museum and as it was nearby, we decided to begin our …

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Lincoln Cathedral from the Lincoln castle grounds

Day 2. Exploring Lincoln

After starting the day with a delicious cooked breakfast at The White Hart Hotel we returned to the Cathedral as there hadn't been much time to look around the previous evening when we were attending Evensong.  Standard adult admission to Lincoln Cathedral is £8 and this includes an optional introductory floor tour but as we …

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View towards Pendle Hill

Day 1. A Ribble Valley short break

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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Day 3. Brighton Pier and Marina

We were up early once again so that we could make the most of our day, and arrived into Brighton shortly after 9.00 a.m.  As we'd only had a coffee in the hotel room we looked for somewhere suitable for breakfast and soon found the ideal place amongst the labyrinth of narrow lanes in the …

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Afternoon Tea at the World of Wedgewood, Stoke-on-Trent

Day 2. World of Wedgwood & Biddulph Grange Gardens

After a good night's sleep, we set off after breakfast for a visit to the World of Wedgwood in nearby Barlaston. The Wedgwood estate stretches for 240 acres with ample free parking in its grounds.  The modern buildings have huge willow sculptures near the entrance in the shape of crockery.  We planned our arrival for …

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Thorp Perrow Arboretum House

Thorp Perrow Arboretum 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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Goddards House and Garden, York

Goddards York – the home of chocolate

Located by the side of York racecourse stands a home with a chocolate heritage.  The house is the former home of Noel Goddard Terry, the grandson of Sir Joseph Terry the founder of the famous chocolate factory Terry's of York.  How many of you have had the pleasure of tapping open a Terry's Chocolate Orange, …

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Cow and Calf rocks, Ilkley moor

A Walk on Ilkley Moor

It was decided that we would spend a day in Ilkley, a prosperous small town set in the beautiful Wharfe Valley of West Yorkshire.  The town is located between Skipton and Harrogate and there is a rail link to Leeds. From the railway station, we walked up Wells Road to the famous Ilkley Moor which …

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