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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Symonds Yat East

Exploring Symonds Yat and Monmouth

Symonds Yat is a scenic beauty spot spanning the River Wye.  It is located mid-way between the market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, both approximately five miles away. Narrow, winding roads lead to the village centre at Symonds Yat East and continuing slightly further there is a large car park where we were able to …

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Ross-on-Wye town sign

Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Ross-on-Wye is an historic market town sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Wye Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  This scenic part of Herefordshire is only an hour's drive from Birmingham and is easily accessible, being just off the M50 motorway. The town centre, with its attractive Tudor buildings is centred around the …

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Tewkesbury Hgh Street

A day in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Our travels took us to the medieval town of Tewkesbury, noted for its well preserved half timbered Tudor buildings and its 12th century Abbey. We started our walk around town at The Cross adjoining the High Street which has a wonderful collection of Tudor buildings including the cantilevered 18th century Golden Key House, the top …

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Cutty Sark

Day 2. Exploring Greenwich & Docklands

After feeling refreshed following a good night's sleep at the Staycity Aparthotel we utilised our apartment's kitchen to prepare some breakfast and with a dishwasher on hand we soon had things tidied away and were ready to go out.  After popping our key cards in the express check-out box in the entrance lobby we jumped …

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Addingham weir, River Wharfe

A walk around Addingham

The village of Addingham is situated between Skipton and Ilkley and just one mile from the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to Bolton Abbey making it an ideal starting point for numerous walks in the surrounding countryside. The Dales Way long distance path starts in nearby Ilkley passing through the edge of Addingham along the …

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Stream at Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller Country Park

Wycoller Country Park is one of the prettiest country parks in Lancashire and is famous for its association with the Bronte sisters.  The village is located four miles east of Colne in the Borough of Pendle.  If arriving by car leave the M65 at Junction 14 and follow signs for Keighley and on reaching Laneshawbridge …

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