Five Days in England, May 2013
Replies: 69 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 3:18 AM Last Post By: Genya
Jan 14, 2013 1:35 PM
Jan 14, 2013 2:08 PM
31@wigstan, this is just great. You've been of so much help. I went out yesterday and got a couple of guidebooks, and your overview will make them less daunting. Being a longtime fan of the malt, I joined the Scotch Malt Whisky Society in preparation for the visit to Edinburgh. I have already run across the National Trust, and will be joining that quite soon. Thank you so much for your help. If you ever want help with U.S. travel, please don't hesitate to ask over on that branch, or directly to me.
Jan 14, 2013 2:14 PM
32Well thanks for that willysnoutredux.....I'll certainly bear that in mind. Not planning a trip to the US this year but you never know for 2014.
Hope you have a wonderful trip to the UK and the weather stays kind for you. I'm not a whisky drinker myself but my husband likes a drop of Glenmorangie on the odd occasion.
Jan 16, 2013 12:07 AM
Jan 16, 2013 12:12 AM
Jan 17, 2013 7:27 AM
35Hi Willy, I remember you and the guys on the US branch giving me invaluable advice for two trips to the US a few years back, so time to repay the favour I think.
Reading some of the replies, you have had some great advice so far, for both the North of England and Scotland - I would second the Lake District (stunning scenery) and Whitby (atmospheric coastal town with the best fish & chips in the world, check out the Magpie Cafe)
However, since you mentioned the Midlands in a previous post, I'm going to suggest The Peak District National Park.
Its situated in the north Midlands, covering mostly Derbyshire but also parts of Cheshire, Staffordshire and South & West Yorkshire. I also live about 20 miles from the parks southern boundary, hence the recommendation lol.
Access from your route is easy, there are good road links from either the North West (M6) or the North East (A1/M1), and is around 150 miles north of London.
Its the countries oldest National Park, and possibly the most visited, possibly because of its central location.
I know that you'll do your research, but some points of interest could be:
Chatsworth - stunning stately house in glorious surroundings
Haddon Hall - as above, but slightly older
Castleton - for the castle and caverns
Eyam - historic plague village, innoculations no longer required lol
Hoping the mods don't cast me into the advertising sin-bin, I'll recommend my favourite pub in the Peak District, The Barrel Inn at Bretton, quite close to Eyam, nice down to earth pub food.
Wherever you go Willy, hope you have a wonderful time, and that the welcome you receive is as warm as the one I got in the US of A
Jan 20, 2013 1:30 PM
Jan 20, 2013 2:46 PM
37I'm not much of an expert on the North, but if you're coming down the East, and want to stay somewhere a bit closer to London (although on the opposite side to Heathrow), I particularly recommend Lavenham. It's a beautifully historic village, and I've always wanted to stay in the Swan, although I've never actually got around to it.
If you do go there, a visit to nearby Kersey is a must...
Jan 21, 2013 1:42 AM
for the Scottish leg, could I suggest a slightly different approach? Helensburgh, 45 mins drive north of Glasgow is worth a day trip (particularly the Hill House, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh glory!). Then drive north along Loch Lomond, the Village Inn at Arrochar is a lovely place for a meal (and an overnight stay, perhaps). I'd then take the A83 over to Inverary. The old jail, the Castle and the Castle gardens are all really interesting, as is the original Loch Fyne smokehouse (original of a decent chain of Scottish restaurants now). From there, head round the loch to Oban for another overnight stop, a lovely fishing port, great fish'n'chips! Then up to Ballachulish, Glencoe (the clachaig Inn's another good stop) and then take the A82 round over Rannoch Moor (gloriously spooky peat moors) back down to Tyndrum, Crianlarich and back to Glasgow. 3-4 days would make this a fabulous trip. If you've time in Glasgow, a trip to the Burrell Collection is great fun.
Jan 26, 2013 4:44 AM
Jan 31, 2013 1:53 PM
Jan 31, 2013 9:25 PM
41I just wanted to drop in here and say thanks again. We've been nailing down everything prior England, which is now going to be 10 days and nine nights, not including the night at the Heathrow airport hotel prior to departing.
All of this to say that any ideas will continue to be enthusiastically and gratefully received. And a question: What's Blackpool like in early May? Yeah, yeah. I know it's down-market. But I'm the eclectic sort, as long as it's got soul. What do ya think, English cousins? Yea or nay?
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