A new stretch of the England Coast Path which takes in the White Cliffs of Dover and the place Julius Caesar landed in Britain has been launched.
Being fair weather walkers and not great shoppers, what to do on a wet day in South Lakes?
Happily for us we’d consulted the weather forecast so travelled to the southern end of the Lake District for the Easter weekend fully armed with a wet weather suggestion.
We were heading to the Midlands for the weekend, so we decided to stop off at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, as we’d heard good things about it during last year’s visit to nearby Moseley Old Hall (not yet blogged about but highly recommended!).
This week we decided to return to Cheshire, to the National Trust cotton mill Quarry Bank, built in 1784. We’ve been there many times before, but its always interesting to return every so often to see what’s changed, particularly in the gardens. Yet again the sky was grey, with not a drop of golden sun to be seen, but it was at least dry. The trees did, however, provide us with plenty of autumn colours. We Brits are easily pleased!
After our super day out last week at Dunham Massey we decided that this week we would return to Cheshire and head to another National Trust property, Tatton Park. The sky was not quite as blue unfortunately, but there was still plenty of colour to be seen in the garden.
Powis Castle, 1 mile from Welshpool, Wales, stands high on a rock overlooking its spectacular garden, with far reaching views of the surrounding landscape. Beginning life as a medieval fortress built to control the border with England, it has been modified over 400 years into a comfortable country mansion which was given to the National Trust in 1952.
A week in Pembrokeshire would not be complete without a visit to Tenby. A visit to Tenby by car in the height of the August holiday season, however, was not to be undertaken lightly. Or so we were warned in advance of our visit.
As you drive along the A55 across North Wales it is impossible to miss the magnificent sight of The Great Orme, a huge carboniferous limestone headland jutting out into the Irish Sea. We had passed this countless times on our way to Snowdonia and Anglesey and had added it to our ‘to do’ list but never quite made it. We’d not been to the seaside town of Llandudno either, so a weekend plan began to form.
We must have driven past the sign for Trentham Gardens hundreds of times on our way up and down the M6, but had never stopped. Finding ourselves about to pass the door and in need of a break, we thought it was about time we paid a visit. Good decision! We were pleasantly surprised by how much there was there to see and do. We passed on the Monkey Forest and the Aerial Extreme and went straight for the log cabin Shopping Village – I bet it looks great at Christmas.
Castle Howard is a stately home dating from 1699, located 15 miles north east of York . It was the setting for the 1980s TV series ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and had been on my hit list of places to visit for over 30 years.