Holidaying in England and Scotland: September - October 2011
Britain was again the destination.
This time we
realised we had not really seen much of the outer edges - the coastline
communities. We had been to Lyme Regis, and I had already walked part
of the "Jurassic Coast" from the Bill of Portland and Chesil Beach west
towards Lyme. So we could start by visiting the Cotswolds then go south
Devon and clockwise through Cornwall, up through Bristol and then jump
north to Scotland. The Isle of Skye looked inviting and then we could
strike east across to
Inverness and then all the way south following the coast. That would
take us back through Whitby and then down to the Norfolk Broads. From
there we could head south to
Dover and the chalk cliffs, west to Brighton and then circle back to
Along the way there were a few more
family interests to follow up in Somerset, Scotland and Kent.
While we were in the Northern
Hemisphere we could also
jump over to France thanks to the Eurostar and spend a few days touring
the WW1 battlefields.
Colma has two great-uncles buried there, so this was the opportunity to
find them and visit the graves.
This, then, is our four week tour.
It did not allow
for many rest stops along the way, or to spend too much time exploring
just one town. Perhaps that was a mistake. It is difficult to gain a
detailed understanding of a place in less than 24 hours. On the other
hand, many of England's towns, rural and urban, have a degree of
similarity. They are steeped in history and it takes time to find it
all and soak it up, but there is as much to observe in the landscape
and natural history, and this is often less written about. And it is
especially attractive if your ancestors lived on the land as farm
labourers or tenants and you can visit the farms and villages and see
them much as they were.
Paul and Colma, January 2012
||Sat 10 Sep 2011
||Arrive Heathrow, train to Kings Cross, walk to local hotel
||Sun 11 Sep 2011
||Up early for the 0826 Eurostar to Paris. A short wait at Gare du Nord and
then the train back to Amiens. The cathedral at night.
||Mon 12 Sep 2011
||Battlefield tour Day 1 - around Amiens.
||Tues 13 Sep 2011
||Battlefield Tour day 2: Amiens to Ypres
||Wed 14 Sep 2011
||Battlefield day 3 - Ypres to Lille then the Eurostar back to London.
||Thurs 15 Sep 2011
||Around London - St Pauls and the BM
||Fri 16 Sep 2011
||Rental car to the Cotswolds - Stow on the Wold
||Sat 17 Sep 2011
||Civil War day in Stow, then around the Cotswolds.
||Sun 18 Sep 2011
||To Bristol and Brunel's Great Britain
||Mon 19 Sep 2011
to Exeter then family farmland, before a late drive over Dartmoor to
||Tues 20 Sep 2011
Devon to Cornwall, Penzance and St Michael's Mount
||Wed 21 Sep 2011
End (briefly) Padstow for lunch and Barnstaple.
||Thurs 22 Sep 2011
and the Valley of Rocks. Lynmouth then north past Bristol to Tintern
||Fri 23 Sep 2011
Valley, Simmonds Yat lookout, then north to Stoke on Trent.
||Sat 24 Sep 2011
scenic route - the M4 to Paisley and some family locations.
||Sun 25 Sep 2011
Loch Lomond in the rain (again!), Glencoe (in the rain)
then Fort William and Telford's Neptune's Staircase.
||Mon 26 Sep 2011
weather, so the Calmac ferry to Skye and a easy drive around the middle
of the island (mostly in sunshine, but sometimes in rain).
||Tues 27 Sep 2011
long drive in the rain, passing the signs to the Old Man and the
then Uig and on to the Three Chimneys for a night of luxury.
||Wed 28 Sep 2011
wild scenery of Neish Point Lighthouse, back to Kylerhea and the small
ferry across to Glenelg and on to Aviemore.
||Thurs 29 Sep 2011
to the Cairngorm railway in bright sunshine. The top of Cairngorm in
fog, then east to Inverness.
||Fri 30 Sep 2011
along the coast to Burntisland and Inverkeithing for family locations.
||Sat 1 Oct 2011
morning in Edinburgh then the long road south to Whitby. Fish and Chips
at the Magpie Cafe after one of the warmest days in Whitby that year.
||Sun 2 Oct 2011
day in Whitby. The James Cook Museum (at last - our third attempt!).
||Mon 3 Oct 2011
south to Norfolk and a night at a Roman Camp near Cromer.
||Tues 4 Oct 2011
Norfolk Broads by tour boat, then Lowestoft and the most easterly point.
||Wed 5 Oct 2011
a slow crawl on the M25 due to a truck crash, then Maidstone and
Hollingbourne for family interests.
||Thurs 6 Oct 2011
Cliffs of Dover at Dover, Eastbourne and Brighton. The Pier and Royal
||Fri 7 Oct 2011
last day. North to Chilworth and the Freyberg graves, Reading and
finally back to Heathrow.
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