Category: Midlands

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire – A Family Favourite

Tattershall castle has been a place for making family memories for many years since the kids were tiny and we always had a tradition of having a sword fight in the grounds, plenty of birthdays have been celebrated here too, birthday cake an all. We love the winding staircase leading up to each of the floors and up high onto the 130ft (40 metre) high battlements to see for miles across the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside and the sights from above show more of the history, looking over the vast landscape you can clearly see the lay of the land, from the double moat surrounding the castle, the lovely St Mary’s...

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A Hen Cloud Ramble In The Roaches, Staffordshire

The rocky and rugged landscape near Leek in Staffordshire called the roaches is appealing to hikers, climbers, dog walkers and sightseers, it is steeped in history, myth and legend and it has meaning to many for different reasons. I love the area because of its natural ruggedness, the history and interesting folklore. The area we arrived at is called hen cloud.   The most recent archaeological find at the Roaches nature reserve has been the discovery of a burial urn said to date back 3500 years to the Bronze Age period. The burial urn and the cremated remains were discovered by a...

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A Kinder Scout Adventure in the Peak District

Kinder Scout Plateau is the highest point in the Derbyshire Peak District National Park, rising to 636 metres (2,087ft) above sea level at its highest point. In 1932 Kinder Scout Plateau was historically involved in a change of land accessibility law when the mass trespass occurred on the Edale side of the plateau. After the mass trespass event on the 24th April 1932, the “right to roam” law came about, granting free access on uncultivated land.   Our adventure began at one of my regular haunts in Derbyshire, Snake Pass and Ashop Valley which I’ve previously described in an earlier blog, Wanders around Snake Pass which gives a wider view of the area. Directions  to the start of our hike; Follow the a57 Glossop to...

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Sheringham – A North Norfolk Gem

Sometimes you go to a new place and as nice as it is, that will be the only time that you visit there. On occasions however one visit somewhere leads to continual return visits because something draws you back; because there are things you still want to see, because of the way the place makes you feel, because that place gives you something that you emotionally need or maybe because you simply want to relive memories. Sheringham is that sort of place for me, after almost 20 visits there I still want to return and the place still delights...

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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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Clumber Park, Discovering the Gems

Clumber park is a sprawling, 3,800 acres (15 km²) country park near Worksop in Nottinghamshire. The lake alone covers around 87 acres (352,000 m²) and is a popular circuit for walking, cycling or running. On route as a bonus there’s a coffee stop or an ice-cream along the way, it’s a lovely way to relax. The serpentine lake originally took 15 years to build.   I love a good stroll and I most of all like to explore and have an adventure,  at Clumber park there’s lots to see and do, there’s an enormous expanse of woodland and heathland to ramble through, the beautiful serpentine lake to stroll around to your hearts content and plenty of places to have an adventure, that is why I...

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