Tag Archives: England

Castles and Canals 

15 Aug

With temperatures routinely topping 40°C and the madness that is the Ionian during August, it seemed like a good idea at the time to spend it in the UK. It probably was the right decision but somehow we’d forgotten just how wet the British summer usually is. I know, I know – it was beautiful before we arrived. So here are some castles in the clouds. And canals. 

Conwy looking all mean and moody 

These rare moths don’t seem to mind, though 

Ludlow during a brief break in what was a day of almost relentless rain. Ten minutes later we were literally soaked to the skin. 

There was the odd sheltered spot in the castle itself. 

Chester has its own castle but a) it’s not in ruins and b) it’s a military museum and not my idea of fun so a cloudy walk along the Shropshire Union Canal followed by a Sunday roast dinner seemed a better idea. 

You don’t have to go far to be seemingly in open countryside. 

The rain just about held off for a walk along the Llangollen canal 

We walked up to the junction with the River Dee at Horseshoe Falls where a couple of kayaks were heading downstream. Annoyingly I just missed the picture of them going down that step in the falls. 

Geordie here was just about to turn back to Llangollen with his cargo of tourists when we met him. He didn’t want to hang about waiting for his burden to be reconnected. 

And finally, a cheese board – just because it made me smile. 

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Our First Year – Route

16 Sep

We didn’t get as far as we’d hoped this year. We had originally planned to do more of the south coast of England in the autumn but we knew we’d had enough. Maybe the change in the weather was just the excuse we were looking for, although a very real one. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve loved this year’s wanderings but there comes a point when you just want to be still.

So – here is the route we took this year:

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If you want to find a post about a particular area:

Clicking on May 2013 will take you to the entries about Hereford and Brecon but also includes buying the caravan.

June 2013 takes us to Cheddar Gorge and Swanage with entries on Weston-Super-Mare and Wells as well as some rambling on awnings.

July 2013 saw us in South Wales, Tewkesbury, The Lake District, Carlisle and Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

August 2013 we were still in the North East including Whitby and York before heading south for Cambridge and Norfolk.

September 2013 we were in Suffolk, London and Henley.

 

You won’t find tourist or site guide, that’s not what this blog is about. It is more of a diary, a record for ourselves and those who have an interest in what we’re getting up to. If you enjoy reading it then that’s me happy.