Days Four and Five

After our day of respite we were reenergised and ready to head out once more into the 'wilds' of the north of England, also known as Cumbria and North Yorkshire. From Orton we headed southwest to Sedberg and then east along the Wensley Dale – infamous for hardy sheep, cheese, and Wallace & Gromit –…

Hutton and Surrounds

It was lovely waking up slowly today, listening to the chirp of the morning birds as they fluttered here and there just outside our westerly window from which we can equally see a small stream go flowing by. Last time we were here the stream was a sedate trickle, right now it's positively gushing! The…

Skeeby to Hutton le Hole

And the heavens opened. That’s the best way to describe what we woke up to this morning. During the night it had started to rain, the sound of the pitter-patter was quite lovely, until it turned into a complete washout when we opened the curtains. When it came time to check-out we backed the car…

Skeeby and North Yorkshire

An interesting day today, a good night’s sleep, no nasty surprises during the night, all in all a wonderful start to the day, and it didn’t take on any freaky-Friday hallmarks as the day wore on either! From Skeeby we drove down to Northallerton to once again delve into the historical/genealogical books in search of…

Berwick to Chester-le-Street

Well, that was a day and a half! It should have been one of the easiest days we’ve had, we weren’t supposed to be travelling that far and we had very little scheduled for the day. But that’s not quite how the day panned out. In a spur of what could only be called mild-insanity…

Oban to Stirling

Where to start for today, how about with breakfast? Don't mind if we do! This morning we were ready and loading up our chariot by 8am, we didn't need to be on the road by any specific time, we had no grand appointments to keep, but rather than hanging around staring at the ceiling we…

Kendal to Dumfries

We're in Dumfries tonight, ready for our early morning break for the coast and our ferry ride through some of the islands before heading north up through the Western Isles. As I type this I'm reclining in bed again, having dined on a rather awesome Butter Chicken from Sainsbury's (2 for £5, can't go wrong!)…

Poole to Taunton

The day had kind of started with promise, an incredibly full ‘Full English Breakfast’ with all the trimmings and we were off out the door – to collect the car. We then encountered the remnants of our French explorations, a deviation. Yesterday afternoon whilst we were still in France we called Hertz to confirm our…

Farewell to France

The morning started much like yesterday, the sky overcast and the air damp, a mist had rolled in during the night and now blanketed the fields surrounding the little house we were staying in. Undeterred by the morning we loaded the car and after a quick breakfast and saying our farewells we embarked on the…

Ladies of leisure

For the first time since our arrival in France the sun is not shining. We awoke to the dull and dreary grey mist that slowly crept closer and closer, the trees in the distance shrouded, the cat, Billy, more than happy to snug up in an armchair and ignore the call of the wild. It's…

So it begins

24 hours of constant travel – car rides, 2 long-haul flights, and a 3hr train ride all back-to-back – is exhausting, and yet there is something exhilarating at the same time. The challenge to your physical stamina in carrying your bags over and around obstacles, of heaving them into overhead lockers and hauling them up…

Sights list now available

For those that have had a look at the blog before, and those that have yet to ‘sign-up’ or check it out, I have a new page up, and a few additions made to existing pages. The ‘Britain‘ and ‘France‘ pages have been given more detail; in so far as a slightly better idea of…