Old Basing, Hampshire

Day 2. Old Basing and Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

After a good night's sleep we started the day with a delicious cooked breakfast at the lovely Barton's Mill on the outskirts of Basingstoke.  It was a bright, sunny morning as we set out on foot to explore the picturesque village of Old Basing. From Barton's Mill we followed a short section of the Basing …

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Day 1. A weekend in Basingstoke

We planned a short break in Basingstoke, the largest town in Hampshire, located close to the West Berkshire border.  The town lies 30 miles (48km) north east of Southampton and 48 miles (77 km) south west of London. It is easily accessible by road being just a few minutes drive from Junction 6 of the …

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Roman Baths, Bath

Day 4. Bath’s Roman Baths and surrounding area

Our final day in Bath had come around all too quickly and after enjoying a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Indigo Bath we checked out of the hotel and set off to visit Bath's number one attraction, namely its Roman Baths. The baths are located in the centre of Bath next to the abbey and are open daily …

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Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Day 10. Fowey & Lanhydrock Estate, Cornwall

The final day of our Cornish holiday had come around all too quickly and as we'd enjoyed ourselves so much the time had just sped by.  After checking out of our hotel in Bodmin we drove into the town centre for breakfast and to have a short walk through the town.  Earlier in the week …

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Falmouth High Street

Day 5. Falmouth and a visit to the Glendurgan Gardens, Cornwall

It had rained overnight but fortunately we woke to another bright, sunny morning.  After breakfast in Camborne, we set off for Falmouth located on the south coast, which is one of Cornwall's largest towns.  The journey took us 40 minutes and our 10.15 a.m. arrival afforded us ample street parking opportunities along the seafront cliff …

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Porthleven harbour

Day 4. Porthleven, Lizard Point & Helston, Cornwall

After enjoying a cooked breakfast in our hotel in Camborne we were ready to go by 9.30 a.m. and the first place on our list was the village of Porthleven, located 11 miles away.  We easily found some unrestricted street parking very close to the centre and were soon on our way to its picturesque …

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St. Michael's Mount Cornwall

Day 2. St. Michael’s Mount & Penzance, Cornwall

After enjoying a hearty breakfast in our hotel, we hopped in the car for the 25 minute journey to Marazion on Cornwall's south west coast to visit St. Michael's Mount.  We parked in the main Folleyfield car park which charges a flat rate £4 all day fee.  The car park is only a few minutes …

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The Giant's Causeway

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

We were up bright and early as we'd booked tickets (£25 each) for a full day excursion on a combined Giant's Causeway and Games of Thrones tour with McComb's Coach Travel.  The meeting point was outside the Europa Hotel for our departure at 8.30 a.m.  The company seemed very organised as we set off on …

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Aer Lingus ATR 72 at Manchester Airport

Day 1. A short break in Belfast

When considering where to go on holiday in these uncertain times, Belfast ticked all the boxes for us.  We'd still be travelling by air, feeling as if we were actually going abroad but with the security of knowing that we couldn't be quarantined on our return as Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.  …

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Dorchester town centre

A day in Dorchester

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset in south west England and on one sunny Sunday morning recently we decided to go along and explore this historic market town.  We left our car in the Fairfield long stay car-park which we were pleased to discover offered free parking all day Sunday making this a welcome …

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