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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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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Altido Vita, Edinburgh

Altido Vita, Edinburgh – A Review

Location: Located in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh overlooking the Union Canal is the modern and well appointed Altido Vita aparthotel.  Just a 10 minute walk from Princes Street and a short walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile it's in a perfect location to explore the city.  Both Haymarket and Waverley railway stations are accessible on …

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Wallbridge, Stroud

A day in Stroud, Gloucestershire

We decided to spend a day in the small market town of Stroud nestled in the south west Cotswolds, ten miles south of Gloucester.  The town had piqued our interest as it had recently been named by the Sunday Times as the best place to live in Britain so we were interested to find out …

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New Islington, Manchester

Day 3. Manchester canal walk – Etihad Stadium to Piccadilly

For our final morning in Manchester we planned a canal side walk that would be new to us.  Making good use of our weekend tram ticket, we caught a service to the Etihad Campus taking less than ten minutes on the Ashton Line.  The Etihad stadium is home to Manchester City football club and was …

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Christ Church College, Oxford

A Walk Around Oxford

We planned a day in Oxford and arrived into the city's rail station mid morning.  Oxford is located mid-way between London and Birmingham both approximately 60 miles (96 km) away and with trains from London Paddington taking from only 52 minutes it makes an ideal day out from the capital. It was a bright, pleasant …

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Kennet & Avon Canal

Aldermaston to Woolhampton on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Aldermaston is a small village in West Berkshire near to the Hampshire border, 46 miles (74km) from London and close to the towns of Basingstoke, Newbury and Reading.  It is best known as the home of AWE, which is located just a mile outside the village, and responsible for the UK's nuclear deterrent. We'd planned …

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Exchange Building, Nottingham

Nottingham – A Travel Guide

Nottingham is often referred to as the ‘Queen of the East Midlands’ as the English Kings held court there when they went hunting in its surrounding forests.  It’s famous for the legendary Robin Hood, lace making and much more.  Take a look at my guide of things to see and do in this intriguing city. …

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Brindley Place, Birmingham

Birmingham – A travel guide

It might not be well known, but Birmingham has been referred to as the 'Venice of the North' as it boasts more miles of canals than Venice.  It sits at the heart of England's canal network with around 35 miles (56 km) of waterways. Getting there: As Birmingham is located in the centre of the …

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