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 and coastal 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 to 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 Heathrow.
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
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