Canal boats, Basingstoke canal, Odiham

Odiham and the Basingstoke Canal

The Basingstoke Canal was built in 1794 to connect Basingstoke with the River Thames at Weybridge.  Its intended purpose was to allow boats to travel between the docks in East London and Basingstoke allowing goods such as flour, timber and coal to be transported.  It was never a commercial success and from the 1950's due …

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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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Knaresborough Viaduct over the River Nidd

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough

Although we are frequent visitors to the spa town of Harrogate it's awhile since we visited the attractive North Yorkshire market town of Knaresborough yet it's only 4 miles from there. We had come to visit Mother Shipton's Cave, England's oldest paying visitor attraction which has been open to the public since 1630.  Admission is …

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The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey

Day 1. Bolton Abbey, Wharfedale – a winter break

The Yorkshire Dales offers some beautiful scenery and walking trails so we packed our walking boots and set off bright and early one late January morning for an overnight visit.  We decided to stay in Bolton Abbey nestled in the heart of Wharfedale.  It's a picturesque village located between Skipton and Harrogate in North Yorkshire. …

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Old houses in Dome Alley, Winchester behind the cathedral

A day in Winchester 

Having read that Winchester was taking part in the National Heritage Open Days with over 70 events taking place over four days, we decided to spend a day in this Hampshire city to view a selection of its historic sights.  Approaching the city from the M3 motorway, we followed signs to the St. Catherine's Park …

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