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  • Day20

    Train to Buxton

    September 18, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Another fun day! Amr and I started by having a walk along a cycling/walking track near Omnia’s house where we have walked before...as we were embarking on another train journey. Not such a long one this time, but involved 2 trains, changing at Manchester Piccadilly. Omnia drove us to Lime Street, and on the way we passed the famous Beatles landmark Strawberry Fields.

    Each train journey was about an hour, all on time and efficient, and we chugged through lovely countryside arriving at Buxton about 3.30. Gill and Bob met us at the station. Lovely to see them! They just got back last night from 10 days in Crete.

    Checked into the hotel and had a little walk in this very charming town. Had early dinner in a pub (pie and beer!) and went to the Opera House, a lovely old theatre, as we had tickets for an evening listening to Ranulph Fiennes. Gill had seen that this was on and we had agreed we’d all love to go. And it was absolutely fantastic. What a man! Explorer and adventurer, broken all sorts of records crossing Antarctica, circling the world on water and land via the Poles...and at 75 he’s still going. He was extremely funny, speaking in a droll deadpan way about his exploits. So that was a highlight. Tomorrow a full day here with Gill and Bob.
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    Olivia Sertori

    Wow that's so cool!

  • Day21

    A Day in rhe Peak District

    September 19, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    A fabulous day. Met Gill and Bob for breakfast and they had worked out a plan for the day - our one full day together. Instead of wandering round Buxton, they took us round the area in the car, visiting and passing through so many picturesque villages - stone houses, pretty gardens - going on 2 walks - one beside a small stream and at the end of the day we went up to a high rocky edge which we walked up and what a wonderful view from the top over the whole countryside. And again it was perfect weather! After starting quite cold in the morning (about 10° I think) it warmed up until we only needed t-shirts walking in the sun. Then deliciously cools off again after sunset. This wonderful weather now makes me nervous for what will be in store for us next week!

    A highlight of the day was a visit to Chatsworth - the Stately Home and estate of the dukes of Devonshire. It is in this area so we drove in and parked and walked round the grounds. It is enormous and you can pay quite a lot and visit inside the house and garden, but that would be a serious several hours, so we walked and admired from outside.

    One small town we stopped in was Bakewell, very pretty, where we bought cheese and had a tea break, with their local specialty Bakewell tart, and we stopped for a beer and nibbles before we did the walk up the ridge. So we were nicely hungry when we returned to Buxton and had a Thai meal. We had seen the restaurant last night and that it was busy and full so thought we’d try it. Excellent, and now ready for bed.
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    Amandine Fournier

    Beautiful photo! Trip looks amazing

  • Day22

    Buxton to Carlisle

    September 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    A very varied day. We heard from Carole and John yesterday that they had arrived in Edinburgh but that their bags had not, and that they may not be able to meet us in Carlisle today as planned...frustrating situation, people didn’t seem to know where they were....anyway, to cut a long story short (bags mis-tagged etc) the bags miraculously arrived this morning, and all the original plans came back into action- and we have met them here in Carlisle this evening, had dinner together and all is well!

    So to start at the beginning of the day, we met Gill and Bob who had to leave early afternoon to drive almost to London for a 50th wedding anniversary with friends. But we spent a lovely morning with them. First had breakfast and had substantial food, brunch really, and it did keep us going till dinner. Then Gill knew a nearby walk up to another high spot above Buxton and it was magnificent. On top is Solomon’s temple, nothing to do with king Solomon or religion, but I believe I was a folly of one of the Dukes of Devonshire a few hundred years ago. Anyway, it had a magnificent view over Buxton and the surrounding countryside and amr says we walked about 12 kms, so that was good before our train journey.

    We got to the train station early as we had checked out of the hotel, and Gill and Bob had gone, and realised we could catch any train back to Manchester as they were not booked seats and local trains, and also the second train from Manchester to Preston which was similarly unbooked seats, but this second one turned out to be extremely busy, and we were glad we weren’t even later on a Friday afternoon. Each journey was almost an hour, and we got to Preston in tons of time to find the platform for our last train to Carlisle. We had to wait for the correct train this time as it was a big express from London to Edinburgh and thank goodness we did have seats as it was also madly crowded.

    All went well and we are now safely ensconced in our Ibis near the station and have enjoyed catching up with Carole and John, and ready for new adventures.
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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

    Moira McNulty

    It would be the students summer break probably as they go back later than schools. Think starts in October. Would be a bit like Dunedin minus students.Oxford when busy with students is very buzzy! Very pretty town.

    Claire Corbett

    Yum! Glad to see you got one each! X

    Withers Marion

    That desert looks pretty yum. I’m enjoying following your adventures xx

  • Day14

    Animals in the countryside

    May 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    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.Read more

  • Day82

    More Tapestries

    July 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    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 ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    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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