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  • Day8

    London to Bakewell

    September 8, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We left our hotel and caught tube to Heathrow where we were picking up the rental. Arriving at Heathrow we navigated through numerous escalators, lifts and travelators to finally catch shuttle to Avis site. It took about an hour and was a frustrating process made more testing by some very vocal and pushy Americans. Finally drove out of Heathrow(thank goodness for the GPS) heading for Oxford. My research had already told me that it was impossible to get a park in Oxford so we located one of serval Park and Ride services. What a great set up. Parked the car for 2 pounds and then boarded a bus for the centre of town (about 15 minutes). The drive in was itself beautiful but the town was spectacular. So much amazing architecture and a lovely atmosphere due to their being few cars! We bought Pret A Manger bread rolls and sat in a church yard eating them. We wandered around until 4 when we caught the bus back to the car. So pleased we made this stop. Only surprise was that there were very few students to be seen (maybe they just didn’t look like our students or else it was the holidays). The motorway from Oxford to turn off to Bakewell (2 half hours) was horrendous as Friday night traffic had built up. It was multi-lanes and seemed to be swells of even more traffic every time we were near exits to the big cities. Traffic was almost at a standstill in some places. Took all our patience and concentration. Finally (after only one wrong turn) turned off for Bakewell and drove for another 30 miles through winding narrow roads and numerous little villages. Arrived feeling exhausted and then had to find a park. The house was up on a steep hill and all the parking was permit only. We drove further up and finally did locate a spot. Then had to walk down to Cheryl’s cottage which was gorgeous but would definitely rate as a “small house”. She was out but had recommended a pub to eat at. We found The Manners easily and had a table in the snug. Had the best meal of our trip including some beautiful fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. We really were hungry and ordered the dessert which was one of the best I’ve ever had- a hot cookie cooked in a little pan served with salted caramel ice cream. Such a treat after a long day!Read more

  • Day14

    Animals in the countryside

    May 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom

    The Westbury or Bratton White Horse is a hill figure on the escarpment of Salisbury Plain, approximately 2.4 km east of Westbury in Wiltshire, England. Located on the edge of Bratton Downs and lying just below an Iron Age hill fort, it is the oldest of several white horses carved in Wiltshire. 

    The horse is 55m tall and 52m wide and has been adopted as a symbol for the town of Westbury.
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  • Day82

    Bess of Hardwick

    July 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Bess of Hardwick (Elizabeth Shrewsbury) was a very wealthy countess. She rose through Elizabethan society to become the most important woman in England after the queen.

    She used her fortunes to indulge her passion for building. Her houses display her taste, wealth, and business sense. She was rebuilding the old hall, when her fourth husband died. She was then financially able to build her final house from the ground up. It was known by the saying "Hardwick Hall, more window than wall." All of the house’s towers are topped by her initials and countess’s coronet.Read more

  • Day82

    The Tapestry Collection at Hardwick

    July 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    The Countess collected tapestries and they cover most of the walls of this mansion, including the winding stairway and the High Great Chamber. She also collected portraits of famous people and had them displayed in the Long Gallery, where guests would stroll after dinner.

  • Day82

    More Tapestries

    July 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 73 °F

    Penelope is one of a set of four large-scale embroidery tapestries entitled "Noble Women." These were designed by professional embroiderers hired by Bess. They are made of patchwork pieces cut out of medieval church vestments, obtained after King Henry VIII dissolved the Catholic Church in England.

    Here is the best guest bedroom, with more tapestries, and a beautiful inlaid wood chest of drawers, displayed in the drawing room.
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  • Day9

    Birdlip to Painswick, June 7

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    The Royal George just about did us in.

    Food was OK, but we both felt a bit under the weather this AM. Arlene was worse than I was, but she ate more of the hollandaise sauce than I did. At least it is not food poisoning, just an upset stomach.

    We had a so-so breakfast at 0700, out the door by 0800 and walking downhill. The way out of town was a bit pecarious as we had to walk along a narrow and curvy road until we reached the trailhead. Cars were hauling and we had a very uneven shoulder to navigate....we both made it.

    The trail immediately started downhill (oh, what a delight, but we would pay dearly later) and was a very woodsy trail. I recall what happens to the first walker in the morning that walks a woodsy trail...yep, a face full of spider webs and my hat was covered.

    After a few minutes, we stopped as Arlene wanted to check out a side trail so I sat on a rock (being the patient person that I am), and up the trail trots a red fox. We saw each other about the same time and the fox did a 360 as casually as a thief in a jewelry store. Nice surprise so early in the morning.

    We continued along the woodsy walk seeing a deer jump in front of us and I flushed a pheasant out of the bushes. Scared me out of my second skin and Arlene got to view his upward flight while I was ducking for cover.

    We passed some great views through the trees of the valley below and really enjoyed the cool morning air.

    A local running club must have had a 1/2 marathon utilizing the trail, and started such that the runners were running south to north (we are walking north to south). We noticed many, many temporary trail markers providing directions and from the looks of the muddy footprints in the trail, the runners were covered in mud from head to foot. The one part of the trail they did not run up (but we walked up) was the portion to the top of Coopers Hill. This would have been a killer as it did us in.

    Amazing what a short break and a sip of water will do for the recovery after a hard effort.

    So we continued after the brief recovery stop, walking through a golf course that had posted signs "traverse at your own risk". That gave us pause, but then we saw no golfers, so across the fairway we motored, getting to the far side, to the service road which took us away from the course and down into Painswick.

    We are at the Troy House B & B for two nights and our hosts are very nice and accommodating. Dinner reservations are made, they are doing our laundry and there is an honor system for beer and snacks in the quite large room that we have. Arlene is enjoying a well deserved nap and I am not too far from that as well. After the rest day tomorrow, we finish with six straight days of walking. I can imagine that they will be walks to remember.

    We have been very weather fortunate so far, but the forecast is not looking quite so accommodating for a dry walk into Bath next Thursday. We shall see.

    Dinner tonight.was at the Cardynham Bistro in Painswick. It came highly recommended and it deserves its appraisal. Garlic toast as an appetizer was hot, soft and delicious. The main course of beef stroganoff, the house specialty, was the best I've had in years (we both enjoyed the same thing), and to wrap up the meal, the sticky toffee pudding was truly outstanding. Now to let things settle down as tomorrow arrives too quickly with a full stomach.
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  • Day46

    Chesterfield and Chatsworth

    October 8, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    My fancy bed turned out to be very comfortable.

    I headed into Chesterfield this morning.
    The main reason was to buy a small suitcase as my other one is getting rather full. I came across a Debenhams and found what I was looking for.

    Chesterfield is a market town and Fridays are general market day. The market took a bit of finding but I did find it. They weren't that exciting but it was interesting to read the history behind the market.

    Dominating the skyline is the crooked spire. It is the spire of the Catholic church. It was easy to find - just had to follow the spire. No one is quite sure why it is crooked - it seems to have rotated. The "sensible" theory is that the foundation of the spire was made of green wood that dried and twisted the spire.
    Two of the legends: one that Satan landed on the spire, the insense made him sneeze and the spire twisted. The other is that a virgin was married in the church and the spire bent to take a look, it couldn't stand back up straight. If another virgin was to marry in the church it would bend the other way and straighten up!

    The church itself was lovely, built along the lines of a small cathedral.

    The afternoon was spent at Chatswood - the home of the Duke and Duchesd of Devonshire. It is simply gorgeous.

    I toured the house first, my favourite room was the library. I could only look in from the door but would have loved to sit in there with a book. Seeing the bedrooms set up was very interesting.

    The house is very grand but the gardens are so much more interesting. I spent two hours there and only left because they were closing.
    I first did a tour which gave interesting information. Then I walked around. I found my way to the maze and eventually found the centre.

    Walking back to the entrance I could hear the sheep, it reminded me of being on the farm on chilly evenings when the sound of the sheep travels.

    I heard (on tv?) people say that the countryside smells. It does, which really surprises me, maybe there is a greater concentration of stock than we have, plus you are often driving over land the stock roams over.

    I had dinner at The Devonshire Arms. It is a very cosy pub, unfortunately all the tables there were reserved but they had a new section in which I got a table.

    The food was a lot fancier than it sounded.
    I had liver parfait to start with. I had to laugh when the only other people in the room (it was early) asked me what liver parfait was. I could only tell them I expected it to be like pate but lighter. I'm no expert, fortunately I was right.

    Main was gammon steak and fried egg. I've seen gammon steak and egg on a lot of menus recently so I decided to try it. It brought back memories of ham steak and pineapple rings that we used to get at the hostel, hence my hesitation. It was nothing like that. It was quite a thick steak of ham with a fried egg and then lots of fancy bits - dried radish and something else, potato gems (which was just weird) and 4 different "smears". It was nice though and I'd eat gammon steak again.

    Chesterfield market and market hall
    Crooked spire
    Chatsworth library
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  • Day46

    Victorian delights

    October 8, 2016 in the United Kingdom

    Another day with vague plans that came together very well.

    Yesterday I booked a trip on a canal boat. As I mentioned in an earlier blog I didn't really understand how a canal lock worked.
    There was some miscommunication in that my booking wasn't passed on to the canal boat. I got to the Hollingwood Hub on the Chesterfield Canal at 10am to find the boat still parked up. The lovely lady in the cafe gave Bob a call and he explained that he didn't get the booking and would be down for 11am. So I sat in my car and read one of my new books (an exciting tale of schoolgirls who get shipwrecked - "School on an Island" by Rita Coatts for my book friends).

    At 11 I found out they weren't intending on going until 12. So I had a cup of tea.

    It was worth the wait though. I was the only passenger and so was able to have a good chat with Bob as we talked about the canal and other things.
    And I got to go through a lock! We entered at the lower end and floated to the top. We went further down the canal, round a bend that is apparently there because the land contains the mass graves of plague victims.
    We turned around and then went through the lock again, this time lowering the water.

    It was one of the (many) highlights of my trip. Bob wouldn't let me pay because I'd had to wait so long so I bought a souvenir tea towel.
    I met a lovely 88 year old man, he has backpacked and rock climbed all over the world. He sailed up the inside passage on a yacht with his wife and another couple.
    We had a good chat.

    From there I came over to Matlock Bath to do the Heights of Abraham, a cable car to the top of a massive hill.
    Parking was a real problem, the car park by the cable car was full, I eventually found one at the other end of town. Walking down to the town I discovered that the Illuminations were on tonight. As luck would have it I was parked in the right car park for that.

    I had a look at the lead mining museum, others probably would have found it more interesting that I did. It did emphasise just how cramped the working conditions were.

    I found the cable car and made my way up the hill. It does give a lovely view and there is a lot to do up there.

    I'm Victorian times it was a very popular spot but they had to walk up!

    After coming back down I was making my way back to the car when I came across a Victorian Bath house/arcade. The water used in the baths is high in calcium carbonate and would "petrify" objects. I saw lots of examples of this.

    The swimming pool is now a koi pond but I could still get the idea. Upstairs was a hologram exhibition and that was really cool.

    Tea was pretty much fish and chips or variations thereof. Two out of every three shops on the Main Street seemed to be fish and chip shops.

    A lot of the shops also have "bikers welcome" signs. Apparently lots of bikers come here. A few years ago the county decided they would name it difficult/impossible for the to park in the town as a way of discouraging them from visiting. 8000 bikers descended on the town. This is accordingly to the young guy from Darby who shared my cable car on the way down.

    Anyway I had fish and chips for tea, I could add peas, gravy or curry. I decided to try the curry as Phil recommended it after Whitby.
    I was expecting more of a Thai curry sauce (don't ask why) but it was more of a curry powder gravy. It was better than I thought and I'd chose it over mushy peas but not gravy.

    The illuminations turned out to be rowing boats lit up on the Derwent river. It has been a tradition since Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. The first boat out was lit by candles in glass jars, the rest was electric.

    It was certainly something different, the whole place had a fair feel to it. It finished with fireworks at 9. I'm sitting in the car in the car park waiting for the traffic to die down before leaving.

    I've enjoyed my time in the Peak District but I'm not sure I've actually been in the National Park.

    Canal boat Madeleine
    Entering lock
    Approaching full lock
    Petrified objects
    Cable cars
    "Ship in a bottle" illuminated boat
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  • Day148

    Day 148: Derwent Valley Mills

    July 13, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Busy day today, as it was our last UNESCO world heritage site in the mainland UK! There's still a handful of sites in UK territory but in far-flung places (Gough Island in the south Atlantic, Henderson Island near Antarctica etc), but this would finish the mainland for us. So we drove south-east of Manchester for about 90 minutes to the Derwent Valley in Derbyshire, where our site awaited.

    It's actually quite a large site, because along this valley are the first ever modern factories as we'd think of them. Large, industrial-scale enterprises where cotton was milled en masse by semi-skilled labour, as opposed to being done in small shops by highly skilled workers. The main difference was the water spinning wheels - the owner Sir Richard Arkwright had the idea to harness the power of the river and use it to drive milling wheels 24/7 which had never been done before.

    So we stopped first at the village of Cromford where the original mill was. Interesting, and very important, but there's not actually that much to see - we didn't feel like spending 8 pounds each to visit the museum. Nearby was another mill, and a town built for the workers - okay conditions, but the social reforms we'd seen in places like New Lanark and Saltaire were still a hundred years away.

    Had a nice lunch at a cafe in town, wandered around another nearby mill, had a coffee and then wrapped everything up. This was the last site for a few weeks and sadly my heart wasn't quite in it. The industrial revolution era sites are very hit-and-miss - I guess it's a difficult problem to preserve an enormous old heritage-listed factory, but not completely waste the land and space. So they're mostly filled with gift shops and conference facilities which is a bit odd.

    Back up to Manchester where getting caught in some traffic meant that we only just made it to dinner in time. We were having a birthday dinner for my step-sister who lives in Manchester, along with her extended family. Another nice pub with good food, though sadly Schnitzel wasn't allowed in. Nice to catch up with some people I hadn't seen in 10-15 years! Back home where I didn't sleep very well - our rental car was due back in the morning and given how dodgy the company had been on pick-up, I wasn't looking forward to taking it back!
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