Featured Touring Vlog – Scot Vlog 2017

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Sometimes the very best of Britain is captured in word and pictures alone. But there is a real sense of belonging when our country is captured in seasonal moving images. Scotland’s glacial construction and changeable weather conditions brought about by the warming Atlantic Gulf Stream creates a theatre of immeasurable beauty.

Airstream caravanner Andrew Ditton has produced this fabulous play list of his journey to Scotland  as far as the Outer Hebrides with his dog Dougal, capturing the beauty of this great land, narrated from a personal viewpoint over seventeen videos.

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Scot vlog 2017

Our Interactive Map

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Days out plotted on a touring map of the UK and Ireland. Simply locate yourself where you are, or search for an area that you intend to visit or tour. The map will load with places to visit on your days out. Click each marker for further information, directions and a website link. Places include theme parks, zoos, heritage railway, wildlife trusts, national heritage, animal farms, garden centres, towns and villages of interest.

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York – Alive with vibrant history Part 1

York Clifford's Tower

A place of rich and colourful historical character, England’s ‘Eternal City’ born in AD71, is the home to relics of harmonic titans; Roman Eboracum and Viking Jorvik in the modern setting of Victorian and Edwardian Streets …

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As Rome fell around the 5th century, the Anglo-Saxons moved in before the Vikings’ ruled the 9th to 11th centuries and a later Norman occupation shaped York’s trading prowess yet further – its siting at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss compelling. York’s walled town is guarded by imposing Bars, once defensive wooden gates built on the stone foundations laid by the Romans that today guard only history, sights and sounds of the past so they can still clearly be sensed by visitors today. Our visit to this ‘Eternal City’ starts at North Westerly Bootham Bar, a 14th century gate giving clear line of site of the Minster and from the Minster, before we work Southerly through the town. The medieval walls built by Henry III around 1220 can be accessed here and walking the three miles of walls is a great method of getting around the city.

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Bath – Graceful City of Honey Coloured Stone

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Healing hot springs of this fascinating city have always been a magnet to the wealthy. Roman named Aquae Sulis became a prosperous spa 2000 years ago, a realisation repeated centuries later when Beau Nash and two John Woods created a golden-stoned city of polite society with classical elegance. This blend of Roman and Georgian splendour gives Bath the air of a living museum …

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Pembrokeshire’s Southerly Asperous Peninsula

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

Sandy coves, towering cliffs, and bursting headland mark this rural corner of Wales, a mystery to many of us, full of hidden secrets with so much to offer. Famous for its 600 million year old coastline and beaches, there are miles of peaceful estuaries, castles, stone aged forts and nestled villages …

… Its Wales’ western most limb with half the number of tourists visiting here compared to that of Cornwall, the ‘little England beyond Wales’, some of the oldest lands of Wales and a place hidden in time. It’s the only coast in the Country with a national park dedicated to it, home to the Rock Sea-spurrey herb. The gulf stream keeps everything warm; its flat, good soils, warm springs and makes good farming with warm winters, 2000 farms and more diary cows than people. Blue stone from the Preseli hills North of the peninsula were taken mysteriously 200 miles to Stonehenge. Continue reading “Pembrokeshire’s Southerly Asperous Peninsula”

Lancashire Coastal Heritage and Hinterland Forest

Eric Morecambe

Sea, hills and woodland hinterland are the backdrop for our exploration in the North of Lancashire …

Morecambe tide out
Morecambe

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…  One of the wonders of the North, Morecambe’s four mile curved promenade gives panoramic views of Lakeland hills across Morecambe Bay, a name mentioned on maps as far back as circa 100 AD. The bay, a tidal estuary into which five rivers drain, is a beautiful natural environment with abundant bird life and varied marine habitats. Eric Morecambe entertains holiday makers even today, his statue cherished by visitors. The binoculars around his neck reference his love of bird life. Sandy beach in front of the promenade prompt holiday makers to indulge the great views of sea and hills whilst relaxing with more traditional seaside activities. Happy Mount Park offers themed attractions and refreshments for children, whilst visitors of all ages can enjoy walks around gardens of interest that attract wildlife. Continue reading “Lancashire Coastal Heritage and Hinterland Forest”

The Bards’ Birthplace

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Hundreds of thousands of people pilgrimage to the small vibrant market town of Stratford every year from all parts of the world explore the vestige of the life of William Shakespeare and the legacy he left. A bountiful place to visit with its literary associations, broad streets lined with half timbered houses and Tudor architecture …

Shakespeare’s birthplace is a restored 16th-century half-timbered house with garden in Henley Street, where visitors pay homage in the very room where Shakespeare, the third of eight children, was born on or around 23rd April 1564. Multitudes of visitors journey here each year to see the oak bed and carved chest with a 17th century cradle. The house itself is atmospherically lit and furnished in the Elizabethan Style, looking very much like it did to Shakespeare. Here the Bard lived and spent his childhood years. Connected to and doubling as the main entrance the Birthplace, is the Shakespeare Centre, a museum which opened in 1964, a contrasting modern glass and concrete visitors centre. Shakespeare’s personal crest from 1596 is above and on display inside is his Folio, the first 36 plays compiled by his friends.

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World Heritage Site of The Tamar River

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From the barren peat and granite moorland of Dartmoor to the East, onward to the maritime nursery of Plymouth …

… the 61 mile River Tamar separates the land between Cornwall and Devon fed by its tributaries, and leading us on a journey South. A land of panoramic drama leading through a geology of mudstone, siltstone and sandstone, with whispers of iron-age life, moving Southwards to the throne of our maritime heritage. In this our third blog, we’ll start following the rivers’ passage – a reference to places of interest, before moving East to wild Dartmoor.  Continue reading “World Heritage Site of The Tamar River”