The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and Some Island Lore
Our path took us to the cliff edge where we could see the wild, natural coastline on both sides of us. By this time there was a chill in the air and I could see a light mist creeping towards us. I hoped we were not about to be enveloped in the notorious Swaalien. Would be transported back in time or to some foreign land?
The Bembridge Coast Hotel in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight
The hotel is situated so close to the coast that the beach is a natural extension of the lovely grounds that surround it. These grounds include a small pitch and putt course and a formal walled garden. Easy access to the beach means guests can walks along the beach. When the tide is out it is possible to walk from the hotel to Bembridge Harbour. A lovely long walk through impressive scenery. At high tide the Coast Path offers a pleasant alternative ...
The Isle of Wight Walking Festival and a Featured Walk
We followed a path that went into the woods before beginning a gradual ascent up the side of Sibden Hill. When we emerged at the top of the hill we had glorious views across the countryside and down to the sea. This hill is also known as the village green. When it was threatened by possible development the proposals were thwarted when local residents managed to register it as a village green ...
Re-live the Good Old Days in Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire
There is a sign on the first house in Amersham proclaiming that the Magistrates for acting for this Hundred have given the peremptory Order to the Constables and other Peace Officers to apprehend all Common Beggars and Ballad Singers and other Vagrants that they may be dealt with according to Law …
Five Top Places for a Day Out in England
Beyond the formal gardens the River Path winds its way down to the banks of the privately owned Beaulieu River. This area is a very natural contrast to the formality of the gardens around the house. Other attractions include a bog garden and a huge rock garden. The latter, spread over an area of two acres is probably the largest of its kind in Europe. A miniature train trundles around the grounds at regular intervals ...
Winchester College - a Medieval Marvel
The buildings surrounding this courtyard were constructed between 1392 to 1394. They were built around a courtyard for defensive purposes as the college was established a year after a big rebellion in the town. Designed to be self-sufficient the buildings in the outer court included accommodation for servants, a granary, a bakery and a brewery. As the water was not safe to drink in those days everyone drank ale. Only one female servant was allowed and that was the washerwoman who had to be old and ugly ...
Staycations in the Colourful Countryside of Britain
Deep in shady trees of ancient Sherwood Forest is the amazing Sherwood Hideaway. A variety of tracks penetrate the surrounding woodland which can also be viewed from the cosy depths of individual hot tubs on the veranda of each wooden lodge. The lodges are spread around a large grassy clearing inside the forest and each has its own parking space. I felt very close to nature wallowing in my hot tub listening to the birds tweeting in the trees around me and hoping I might hear the frantic drilling of the resident woodpecker ...
Staycations by the Seaside in Britain
King George III began visiting Weymouth in 1789 having declared on this first visit he had “never enjoyed a sight so pleasing.” During his reign fresh air and bathing in the sea became recognised as being beneficial for good health and a cure for tuberculosis. A replica of his bathing hut is displayed at the far end of the wide Esplanade …
Staycations in the UK: City Breaks
What a thrill it was to get up early one morning, walk and walk through the still sleeping town of Woodbridge to its Tide Mill on the River Deben. That day the mill was grinding flour, an operation that is reliant on the tide filling the mill pond. When the sluice gates are opened the water rushes out creating enough energy to grind flour between its huge mill stones. This working mill is a living museum telling the story of the mill that has been working for over eight hundred years.
Time to Revive our Planet
We were privileged to have two speakers who are passionate about the need to protect our biosphere and counter the effects of global warming. Both have devoted their time and talents to creating public awareness of these issues. Ashley Cooper on Global Warming … Kate Rawles and the carbon bicycle …