Category: Midlands

Wollaton Hall and Gardens – The Home of Batman, Nottingham

Wollaton Hall and park in the suburbs of Nottingham is a whole manner of interests rolled into one, A grand Elizabethan mansion built in 1580 – 1588 by Sir Francis Willoughby, it’s a sprawling five-hundred-acre deer park with beautiful tree lined lake, an industrial museum with examples of the local industries and a steam pump that can be seen working on occasions. Wollaton Hall is currently the Nottingham Natural History Museum and has a wide range of educational and interactive natural history displays.  From the 1st July to 29th Oct 2017 the hall will also be hosting the Dinosaurs...

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Chapel St Leonards and Six Marshes Beach Walk, Lincolnshire

A part of unspoiled east coast, the fresh air and peaceful location combined with soft sandy beaches to wander and recharge the batteries, Chapel six marches, is my favourite Lincolnshire beach. Close to the Lincolnshire Wolds, this area is a haven for wildlife. Chapel Point, which is just a mile from the centre of the village is a favourite spot for birdwatches too, great for sightings of migrant birds such as the Mediterranean gull and occasionally a chance of spotting seals, I know this first hand, many years ago, and with the assistance of the R.S.P.C.A we rescued a...

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Green’s Windmill and Science Centre, Sneinton, Nottinghamshire

Once one of Nottingham’s largest, most powerful windmills, built in 1807. Throughout it’s successful and turbulent times and a devastating fire, Green’s mill has been a big part of Nottingham’s history. The mill is now a Science Centre and a fully restored working windmill once again, it is dedicated to it’s former owner, the renowned scientist and mathematician, George Green. Green’s windmill is a fantastic place where children and adults can take part in fun, educational activities and tour the mill. (Maybe you will see the mill working if the sails are turning during your visit.) You can buy...

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Hike to the Woolpacks on Kinder Scout via Upper Booth – Peak District

The Woolpacks is a stunning area on the Kinder Scout plateau in the Peak District National Park with beautifully sculptured boulders scattered all around, sculptured by the elements I hasten to add.  The widely scattered rock formations and boulders are a real spectacle and without visiting in person it’s hard to relay the atmosphere they create on this expanse of peat and heather covered moorland. Views across the Edale valley are amazing on a good clear day, and I would advise a hike up here on a fair day due to the remoteness of the moorland a top of...

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Shugborough Hall – Walk The Gardens and Monuments

A day at Shugborough Hall, near Stafford, I can highly recommend for a family or learning day out. Make sure it is a full day mind as I was wandering so long I am having to split these articles into 2! First though let’s start with the gardens, monuments, nature and views outside the hall itself, there is a lot of it, and interesting it definitely is. Even before I stepped inside the grounds I was greeted by some nosy muddy little fellows 🙂 I will go more into the history in my post soon about Shugborough Hall building...

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A Norfolk Pause…

Have you ever felt the need to press the pause button on life…Just to stop and take a breath of fresh air…to ponder and clear the head? Yes? Then I shall begin…a little Norfolk pause is exactly what our day transpired to be. Location: Burnham Overy Staithe, Birthplace of Richard Woodget, the captain of The Cutty Sark. The harbor where Lord Horatio Nelson first set out to learn sailing and rowing skills at the age of 10, two years before he joined the navy, a film location too, yet a tranquil haven for the mind, body and senses, or...

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