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  • Some Highlights of Windermere-Bowness in the Lake District

    Some Highlights of Windermere-Bowness in the Lake District

    I re-traced my steps to the bottom. But, inevitably I did not come out where I started but I did find a wooden sculpture of a Gruffalo – not that he was much help. However, I did meet up with a local farmer and his excitable border collie, Ben. We had a chat and then he gave me directions to Holehird. This involved climbing walls via stepped stiles and crossing some stunning scenery ...

  • Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere

    Cedar Manor Hotel in Windermere

    I was warmly greeted by its owner, Jonathon, and immediately offered a cup of tea. He made the tea himself and brought it to the lounge. I had noticed a beautiful stained glass church-style window behind the bar at the far end of the lounge. I was not surprised to discover that the house and been built in 1854. It was designed by J S Crowther who had also designed the church of St Mary next door and Holehird, a mansion on the outskirts of Windermere. Crowther is most well-known for his restoration and repair of Manchester Cathedral.

  • The Road to Bournemouth Pier

    The Road to Bournemouth Pier

    By the time I got to the top the wind had increased in strength and I had to wait for it to drop. Once the all-clear was given the gate in front of me was opened so I walked to the edge of the platform and stepped into thin air. Any apprehension I had felt was immediately replaced by elation as I whizzed down the wire. It really was thrilling ...

  • The Bournemouth X Factor

    The Bournemouth X Factor

    some characteristics of Bournemouth make it a very special place to visit. As I was walking towards the crowded sea front that I could see in front of me I noticed a garden below me and decided to visit that first. At the bottom of a flight of stone steps I had a lovely view of the Town Hall bathed in autumn sunshine behind an avenue of majestic trees ...

  • Step into Christmas at Bournemouth

    Step into Christmas at Bournemouth

    I followed the unique festive trail of over one hundred glittering trees and illuminations to the "Christmas Market": in the town square. I particularly enjoyed walking through the huge conical Wonderland Tree and watching it change colour. The Christmas Market features a bar in the large wooden Alpine Chalet and pretty wooden huts selling a variety of products not available on the High Street ...

  • The Northgate, a Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

    The Northgate, a Hotel in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

    On a recent visit to the lovely Suffolk town of Bury St Edmunds I stayed at The Northgate a luxurious, yet not outrageously expensive boutique hotel close to the city centre. As soon as I entered the reception area I got the impression that someone really cared about this hotel. I sensed that a lot of thought had been given to the decoration of the rooms. In the lounge areas and restaurant beautifully blended pastel colours create a pleasing atmosphere that draws its guests in, invites them to make themselves comfortable. In the bar area bright orange seats amongst the creams and beiges created a sense of light-heartedness and enjoyment ...

  • Bury St Edmunds and the Inheritance from its Abbey

    Bury St Edmunds and the Inheritance from its Abbey

    When the site of the famous Abbey of St Edmundsbury and its precincts was taken over by the local Corporation to establish a public park the ruins of the Abbey were the main feature. Since then there have been some lovely additions to this popular park. Amenities include a play areas and the "Garden Cafe": Visitors can also enjoy a series of small gardens, each representing a theme or a dedication.

  • Bury St Edmunds in the Limelight

    Bury St Edmunds in the Limelight

    Imagine over seven hundred unwashed bodies crammed into a small theatre. Only three water closets available; tallow candles burning for illumination and flares of powdered lime for spotlights. Performances would start late evening and last for four or five hours. Everyone knew their place and had their own entrance - gentry in the dress circle and upper dress circle, middle class in the stalls on benches and working class standing in the gods. It was hot and smelly but it was the place to be in town …

  • Exbury Gardens - Exquisite Woodland Gardens in England's New Forest

    Exbury Gardens - Exquisite Woodland Gardens in England's New Forest

    I was like a child in a sweet shop, running from one glorious bloom to another, camera snapping frantically. Exbury Gardens in the New Forest was welcoming the spring with a fantastic display of magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Magnolias are my favourite. The first magnolia was brought to Britain in 1688 by a missionary from America. This sparked a lot of interest in the magnolia and by 1800 most of the American species were being cultivated here ...

  • Ringwood - Gateway to the New Forest

    Ringwood - Gateway to the New Forest

    Galloping through the Furlong Shopping Centre in Ringwood, Hampshire are bronze statues of a mare and foal created by Priscilla Hann. They are a beautiful reminder that Ringwood is in the New Forest and an ideal base for exploring further afield on foot, horseback, bus or bicycle. But spare some time to explore this historic market town that has some unique attractions, pretty walks and tours of the Ringwood Brewery …

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