Day 1. A short break in the Ribble Valley

The Ribble Valley is an idyllic part of the north of England located in north east Lancashire and covering 212 sq. miles of the Forest of Bowland, an area of deep valleys and peat moorland. It's an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but despite booming tourism with ever increasing numbers of visitors, it's still a …

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The Wheatley Arms, Ilkley

Location This handsome stone inn stands proudly in the small village of Ben Rhydding set amid leafy lanes and in the shadow of the famous Cow & Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor. The hotel lies 18 miles north west of Leeds and just one mile from the Victorian spa town of Ilkley which oozes charm …

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The Holiday Inn Castle Marina, Nottingham

Location We chose the Holiday Inn for our weekend stay in Nottingham as it is conveniently located a few minutes drive from the city centre, close to the Castle Marina Business Park. We had travelled to Nottingham by train and taking the tram from outside the station, it was just one stop to Meadows Way …

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Day 2. Exploring Nottingham

Our day started with a hearty breakfast in the hotel's restaurant and a glance at the morning newspapers. We then wrapped up warm before setting off for a walk along the canal towpath. The Nottingham and Beeston canal runs through the city centre and was just a few minutes walk from the Holiday Inn. Before …

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Day 1. Nottingham – how to enjoy 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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The New Inn, Clapham, North Yorkshire

Location The New Inn is located in the village of Clapham, six miles north west of Settle in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. As a conservation village, many features of modern life do not exist. In Clapham you will not find any street lamps, overhead wires or modern architecture. The New Inn began life as …

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Day 1. A weekend in Norwich

After enjoying recent weekends away in Bristol and Birmingham we decided to turn our attention to Norwich and take a look at the county town of Norfolk.  Norwich lies approximately 100 miles (161 km) north east of London in East Anglia.  We travelled by train and coming from the north of England, I took a …

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Day 3. A day at the seaside in Great Yarmouth

After breakfast in Norwich we travelled by train to the seaside resort of Great Yarmouth.  Getting there from Norwich is very easy with a frequent service on Greater Anglia trains and journey times of 35 minutes, with off-peak return fares costing £8.30. Arriving into Great Yarmouth, we followed signs to the seafront, the route taking …

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Day. 4. A visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge & M Shed, Bristol

Our final day in Bristol, but still plenty of time for more sightseeing, so after checking out of the Travelodge and leaving our luggage to collect later in the day we once again caught the Bristol Ferry Boats 10.00 a.m. service.  Unlike the previous day, when we disembarked at SS Great Britain, this time we …

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Day 1.  A day at the seaside in Blackpool 

It's been a number of years since we last visited Blackpool, one of England's premier seaside resorts, so we thought we'd return and see if it had changed.  Blackpool is located in the north west of England on Lancashire's Fylde coast.  We travelled by train, arriving into Blackpool North station shortly before lunch.  When purchasing …

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