Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster, Dorset

The attractive small market town of Wimborne Minster lies ten miles north west of the seaside resort of Bournemouth in Dorset. Before setting off we'd consulted the Parkopedia website for suggestions on where to park.  We find Parkopedia really useful as it offers up-to-date advice and prices.  For Wimborne it had recommended the Westfield Close …

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Clifford's Tower, York

Day 2. Exploring York

After a good night's sleep at the Roomzzz Aparthotel, we enjoyed our complimentary Grab & Go breakfast before setting out for a second day of city sightseeing.  Mist was just beginning to lift as we strolled along the riverside path outside the hotel towards York Castle Museum just a few minutes walk away. It's a …

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum is a market town in Dorset, 15 miles north of Poole.  I'd read the town was noted for its Georgian architecture so I was keen to take a look.  Approaching Blandford Forum we passed through pretty villages with quaint names such as Sturminster Marshall and Charlton Marshall.  Arriving in the town, we parked …

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Cottages in Heptonstall

Day 3. Heptonstall and Todmorden, Calderdale

Our short break in the picturesque South Pennine town of Hebden Bridge was nearing its end and we reluctantly packed our belongings into the car and bade farewell to Josephine, the friendly owner of the Croft Mill Aparthotel where we'd enjoyed a two night stay. It was then only a short drive up to the …

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The Rochdale canal in Hebden Bridge

Day 2. Exploring Hebden Bridge, Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

After sleeping soundly in our comfortable beds at Croft Mill we prepared breakfast from the generous hamper that had been left for us, feasting on organic muesli with strawberries and grapes, free range eggs and wholemeal crusty bread. It was again another bright, sunny morning as we set out to explore the idyllic small town …

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River Thames, Abingdon

A day in Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Abingdon is a market town in Oxfordshire nestled on the banks of the River Thames.  I was long overdue a return visit as the previous occasion was more than 25 years ago when I attended a wedding in the town.  Although Abingdon does not have a railway station the nearest one is located only three …

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Humber Bridge, Hull

Day 3. Hull and the Humber Bridge

It was yet another bright, sunny morning as we enjoyed a final relaxing breakfast overlooking Hull's marina, if only each day could start like this!  Having set ourselves up for the day with freshly prepared smoothies and full English breakfasts we gathered our things together and checked out of our room, leaving our bags to …

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Nottingham University Building

Day 3. Nottingham University and Arboretum

The sun was shining through the windows as we drew back the curtains which was a good start to the day.  After a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant we wrapped up warm and walked along the now familiar route to the Meadows Way West tram stop. Instead of taking a tram into the city …

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Halifax town centre

The Piece Hall, Halifax

It was a long time since I last visited Halifax and hearing about the re-opening of its Piece Hall, I decided to take a look.  The town is located in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire, four miles from the M62 motorway.  It's easily accessible by train, my preferred mode of transport, and lies on …

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New Inn, Clapham, Yorkshire Dales

Day 1. A short break in Clapham, North Yorkshire

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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