Durham on the River Wear

Day 1. A weekend in Durham

Durham is a small city nestled on the banks of the River Wear in the north east of England.  It's famous for its Norman cathedral, 11th century castle and world renowned university, with this part of the city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In his book 'Notes from a small island' Bill Bryson called …

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Blakes Lock, Caversham

Reading – A Walk along the Thames

We decided to spend the day in Reading, a town in the Thames Valley to the west of London.  It's Berkshire's biggest town and also the largest in the UK to not have city status.  Reading is a popular commuter town with a train almost every five minutes into London and the fastest services taking …

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Ilkley Signpost

Ilkley Springtime Walk

Ilkley is a spa town and popular tourist destination in West Yorkshire.  With its backdrop of the famous Ilkley Moor and its high class shopping on The Grove it's a lovely place to visit.  The town is well served by public transport with rail connections between both Leeds and Bradford on the Wharfedale Line.  Buses …

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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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The Museum of Somerset

Day 1. Visiting Taunton at the start of our Cornwall road trip

This road trip to Cornwall took place towards the end of October 2020 just before further lockdown restrictions were put in place in the United Kingdom. With most overseas travel not an option, it has been a perfect opportunity to embrace all that is lovely about England and I couldn't have been more excited as …

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Sloane Square, London

Day 2. A walk through central London

After breakfast at our hotel in Kensington, we took the District Line to East Putney with the intention of taking a stroll along the Thames Path towards Barnes.  However, our plans were dashed as it started to pour with rain just as we left the underground station.  Instead, we decided a morning's shopping was more …

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Porto riverside

Day 2. Exploring the Gaia and Foz districts of Porto

After enjoying breakfast in the aparthotel's cafe we went along to the nearby Trindade metro station to take a train across the Douro to the Jardim do Morro station.  Staying in the Bolhāo district appealed to us with its close proximity to Trindade as all lines can be accessed from this interchange station.  As we …

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Porto, Portugal

Day 1. A week in Porto, northern Portugal

Porto is an historic mercantile city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It's famous for its port wine, medieval walls and steep sided waterfront on the banks of the Douro river.  We had originally planned a visit to this wonderful city for April but eventually managed to get there several months later.  I hope you …

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Colourful cottages in Abergavenny

A walk around Abergavenny

Abergavenny is a Welsh border town located in Monmouthshire, South Wales on the banks of the River Usk.  It's a popular base for touring the nearby Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains and as we were in the area, it was an ideal opportunity for us to explore the town. We arrived on a recent Sunday …

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