Category: Britain

Walks Along Crimdon Beach, Durham

A beach I have walked many a time and in many a weather. Crimdon Beach is one of those joys where you can stretch your legs over a spectacular large sandy beach as well as it being so surprisingly quiet. I did this stretch of coast on my Tyne to Tees walk and that inspired me to come back, time and time again. It is on the the very South of the Durham coast and leads into Hartlepool Headland at the far end if heading from Crimdon. On a clear day you get great views over to the North...

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A Walk in The Cleveland Hills and The Lord Stones

This area is one of the prettiest I have seen with acres of heather, fern and pine trees greeting you as soon as you leave the main road. It lies north east off the A172 and is well worth a visit to hike the many different walks these beautiful hills have to offer. The name ‘Lord Stones’, derives from three landowning Lords whose estates met at this point on Carlton Bank. The stone itself is typical of ancient waymarkers and boundary stones that are found across the North Yorks Moors. The landscape here is stunning but has been shaped...

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Billesley Manor Hotel: Pet Friendly Bliss

Amidst 11 acres of grounds. a short drive from Stratford upon Avon and Shakespeare country, this stunning Grade 2 listed hotel has a  great restaurant, health club, swimming pool, tennis courts, extensive grounds and is a lovely venue for a wedding. ..and brilliant for us as it’s Pet Friendly. The dog statues at either side of the entrance , a huge picture of what looked like a saluki and a statue of an Old English Sheepdog in reception bode well for our stay with Rusty. He was made very welcome. ” Bring Rusty in “, the receptionist said. Rusty could...

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Cambridge – A look around King’s College and Pembroke College

Cambridge University is an institution that conjures up a wide range of feelings in people. To me, its colleges, the older ones especially, are incredibly aesthetically pleasing and inspiring places that are steeped in fascinating history. These colleges make up a prestigious university that, from my observations, anyone from any background has a chance to experience, as access is purely on merit. Anyone who can satisfy the entrance requirements is equally respected. My observations have taken place while watching my state-educated son’s journey through his application to Cambridge and his life as an undergraduate student here. As we currently...

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Meandering along the River Rivelin, South Yorkshire

The Rivelin valley holds hidden beauty and some of the history of Sheffield’s mills. Today the valley is a wonderful area to discover lovely picturesque waterfalls and stepping stones along with a tranquil, laid back atmosphere, a perfect place to meander along and find time to enjoy this enchanting nature trail through the valley. It’s surprising how peaceful it feels to be in the valley and beside the river Rivelin with the main road, the A57 just a stone’s throw away. The Rivelin valley was once a hive of activity, with water powered mills throughout. The Rivelin corn mill was first noted in 1632 but could have dated back to 1600 belonging to the Earls of Shrewsbury and later the Dukes of Norfolk and recorded at the time as the only water powered...

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Among The Sand Martins of the River Ouse

Summer walks along the River Ouse, Yorkshire, I love them. Showing once more you do not need to travel to get amazing sights and experiences. This particular stretch of the River Ouse at Rawcliffe Park, York is perfect for dog walks, and as you can see perfect for getting close to nature, such as the abundant Sand Martins! People often think of the Swallows arriving being a sign of Spring, but their smaller cousins, the Sand Martins tend to arrive first. All the swallows and martins come from the same group of birds more technically known as hirundines. Sand...

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