Places to go in England & Wales

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  • BartonFink 6 Jun 2011 13:03:25 34,954 posts
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    Thinking of heading over for a week to Blighty with the family.

    Not all that interested in theme parks and the like just nice countryside, lakes, good food and perhaps a sampling of some fine English ales.

    Any recommendations?
    Never been to Devon and Cornwall but have heard good things about it.
  • swede 6 Jun 2011 13:16:05 396 posts
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    +1 for Devon.

    You have some lovely seaside towns, good countryside. Plenty of pubs for the ale.

    Cornwall just down the road (well, not too far away anyway), the Eden project....

    Recommend visiting Exmouth beach, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton. Sidmouth and Budleigh are really quite 'quaint' old school seaside towns.

  • coojam 6 Jun 2011 13:24:10 625 posts
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    Another +1 for the west country, if you don't mind going the extra distance to cornwall, I'd definitely recommend it. Depends where else you're going... If you're closer to the midlands, the cotswolds are beautiful, as is the peak district a little further north.
  • Deleted user 6 June 2011 13:26:33
    Pottering about the New Forest is always good, plenty of independent brewers there for ciders and ales, country pubs and quaint, quirky villages tucked about the place, and not that far from civilisation if you ever felt the need to visit a John Lewis or Argos.
  • BartonFink 6 Jun 2011 13:41:00 34,954 posts
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    swede wrote:
    +1 for Devon.

    You have some lovely seaside towns, good countryside. Plenty of pubs for the ale.

    Cornwall just down the road (well, not too far away anyway), the Eden project....

    Recommend visiting Exmouth beach, Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton. Sidmouth and Budleigh are really quite 'quaint' old school seaside towns.

    Sounds great.
  • robthehermit 6 Jun 2011 13:48:55 4,091 posts
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    If you feel like trekking to the arse end of nowhere, Kynance Cove is stunning. Also, you should check out the Minnack Theatre.

    Cornwall rocks.

    GT: robthehermit

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  • Khanivor 6 Jun 2011 13:53:53 40,860 posts
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    Heathrow. From there you can reach dozens of nice countries.
  • JuanKerr 6 Jun 2011 14:00:54 36,280 posts
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    The Cotswolds are lovely if you want a slice of old England. Lots of very pretty villages all relatively near Oxford, which is a great city to visit.
  • KingOfTheC 6 Jun 2011 14:12:56 288 posts
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    Another one for Cornwall here, that's the best for nice coastlines etc.

    If you want lakes, Lake District around Cumbria or the Highlands (if you want Lochs).
  • JuanKerr 6 Jun 2011 14:16:49 36,280 posts
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    Bit of a leftfield choice, but Suffolk is worth a visit - lots of unspoilt medieval towns like Lavenham and some really nice coastal towns like Southwold.
  • Khanivor 6 Jun 2011 14:17:06 40,860 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:

    Khanivor wrote:
    Heathrow. From there you can reach dozens of nice countries.


    They now have direct flights to redneckhicksville I hear...

    But being Switzerland you will need a passport.

  • RedSparrows 6 Jun 2011 14:23:42 22,906 posts
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    The Broads, The Lakes, The Brecon Beacon or Devon.

    The latter is where I am from. You could do a lot worse than following the river Dart from source to mouth. Gorgeous villages and towns and water. Dartmoor itself is king. North Cornish coast is lovely too - tintagel-port Isaac and gaverne
  • LionheartDJH 6 Jun 2011 14:29:08 19,486 posts
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    Yeah I'll give a hearty thumbs up for Devon aswell. Used to be our family holiday destination of choice when I was younger, Torquay, Paignton, Brixham etc. all lovely places.

    She dives for cheese pasties

  • caligari 6 Jun 2011 14:30:49 17,061 posts
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    Come and visit us in Norwich.

    You'll stay forever.

    ...

    and ever.
  • elstoof 29 Dec 2012 18:57:09 7,518 posts
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    Thread bump time.

    We've decided to have a break this summer in either the Lake District or Cornwall, hiring a cottage for the two of us and our what-will-be-8 month old. Our only stumbling block is that we know absolutely fuck all about either place, so have any of you beautiful people got recommendations on towns/areas etc that are awesome, and what shitholes to avoid?
  • Clive_Dunn 29 Dec 2012 19:40:43 4,780 posts
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    Northumbria for me, around Alnick. Great countryside, lots of castles and history.
  • andytheadequate 29 Dec 2012 19:47:31 8,223 posts
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    Bamburgh is about 30 miles north of alnick and is just beautiful.

    You really can't beat the lake district though, by far the prettiest place in England. Try Keswick or Ambleside for starters, although there isn't really a bad part of cumbria.
  • wogsy81 29 Dec 2012 20:05:03 748 posts
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    Come and visit Liverpool.

    I'll mind ya car for a nicker!
  • philreeduk 29 Dec 2012 20:12:16 301 posts
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    "Somerset is also great if your into great countryside and cool locations (Glastonbury tor the abbey, Cheddar gorge even the glastonbury festival site has the pyramid stage left up you can get some great photos from there!) Avoid places like paignton and weston super mare old seaside resorts which are DEAD at this time of the year!" This is what i typed then i realised that the op posted this in 2011 ooops.....
  • mal 29 Dec 2012 22:39:02 22,608 posts
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    Places to go in England: Wales.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • bladdard 29 Dec 2012 23:25:38 954 posts
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    Isle of Scilly for unspoilt beauty - on Tresco and St Martens you'll find the most beautiful white sandy beaches anywhere in the world.

    Best to stay on St Mary's but make sure you visit the other islands. Loads of exploring, boat trips, beautiful beaches, very little traffic and just off the Cornish coast.

    Scilly

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    Edited by bladdard at 23:36:31 29-12-2012
  • skuzzbag 29 Dec 2012 23:54:00 5,648 posts
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    KingOfTheC wrote:
    Another one for Cornwall here, that's the best for nice coastlines etc.
    Pembrokeshire in west Wales shits all over Cornwall for coastline.

    Info

    LOL - didn't realise how old a post I was replying to :)

    Edited by skuzzbag at 23:56:30 29-12-2012
  • bladdard 30 Dec 2012 00:22:11 954 posts
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    Nor I but it's still good info for anyone interested.

    My favourite coastline is Northhumberland.

    Edited by bladdard at 00:25:41 30-12-2012
  • Trafford 30 Dec 2012 00:56:37 5,807 posts
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    Get a Yurt. We did a two centre Glamping week in the Lakes last year.
    Wasdale & Near Sawrey. Both are set on decent National Trust campsites.
    Lots of easy going rambles close by.

    Depends what you're after, personally I'd avoid the big tourist towns or traps. These will be gridlocked in high season.

    Edale in the Peak District is good and accessible, 30 minutes from Manchester or Sheffield.

    Northumbria is very remote compared to the Peaks and Lakes.

    Snowdonia is alright, but a lot of driving if youwant to visit attractions, same as the Lakes really..

    I'd recommend a two centre stay though, most places offer 3, 4 or 7 night bookings. I grew up in the Lakes and know them well. Let me know if you want any opinions on location.

    My target for next year is a week touring the Cairngorms. Can't decide on May or October though.
  • skuzzbag 30 Dec 2012 09:27:30 5,648 posts
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    bladdard wrote:
    Nor I but it's still good info for anyone interested.

    My favorite coastline is Northhumberland.
    To be honest after going to Cornwall a lot (friends down there) over the last 6 years it's not actually the coastline I've got a problem with. It's the result of over-popularity meaning that all the beaches are rammed.

    If your looking for that secluded beach feeling you won't get it anywhere in Cornwall/Devon.

    It's still a great place to visit mind and there is a lot of interesting scenery and places to visit off the beaten track.
  • elstoof 30 Dec 2012 12:29:25 7,518 posts
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    @Trafford

    Nice one buddy, I'm not sure a camping trip with an 8 month old will be much fun though, plus we're soft city folk who like solid buildings a bit too much. We're tentatively looking at Ullswater or the north side of Windermere at the moment, is Ambleside much cop? Or Glenridding? We don't want to be too remote really, so close to or in a village is fine of us. Or should we be looking further north?
  • mal 30 Dec 2012 12:30:08 22,608 posts
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    Trafford wrote:
    Get a Yurt. We did a two centre Glamping week in the Lakes last year.
    Wasdale & Near Sawrey. Both are set on decent National Trust campsites.
    Lots of easy going rambles close by.
    What the folding fuck is Glamping?

    Edited by mal at 12:32:39 30-12-2012

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • drhcnip 30 Dec 2012 12:34:31 2,509 posts
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    glamorous camping...the posh way of doing it, basically, not the kenneth williams and barbara windsor way....
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