Exterior of Brabins Shop and Cafe, Chipping

Day 2. Ribble Valley highlights

After a traditional Lancashire breakfast at The Inn at Whitewell we were soon ready to see more of the beautiful Ribble Valley.  Our first stop of the day was just up the road in the charming small village of Chipping.  Narrow winding country lanes lead into the village centre, its attractive stone cottages bedecked with …

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Nantwich Town Sign

Day 1. A short break in Cheshire

We planned a short break in the gently rolling countryside of Cheshire, a part of the country we were both unfamiliar with. We frequently head to cities and large towns so just for a change we opted for a relaxing stay in a secluded barn tucked away down a leafy lane in the tiny village …

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British Waterways building alongside the canal, Nottingham

Day 1. Nottingham – a perfect weekend break

Nottingham is often referred to as the 'Queen of the East Midlands' because the English kings held court there when they went hunting in its surrounding forests.  It's also famous for the legendary Robin Hood so we thought it was about time that we explored the city for ourselves. Nottingham is easily accessible from all …

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Canal boats on the Kennet and Avon canal, Newbury

A walk along the Kennet & Avon canal in Newbury

What could be nicer on a warm, sunny spring day than to enjoy a leisurely wander along a canal towpath. With this in mind, we jumped in the car and drove to Newbury, a market town in West Berkshire. The town is approximately 30 minutes drive from Oxford and about an hour by train from …

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Lyme Regis seafront

Lovely Lyme Regis

It was a sunny day, so we prepared a picnic and drove along the south coast to Lyme Regis which is located on the West Dorset/ East Devon border.  Being a popular seaside town finding a parking place wasn't easy.  Just outside town there were signposts for Park and Ride but ignoring these, we pressed …

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