Church Stretton, located in the West Midlands, is the perfect place from which to explore the Shropshire Hills an area of beautiful countryside and roaming hills. These “Blue Remembered Hills” were mentioned in the poetry of A.E.Housman .
Durdle Door is a geological wonder known worldwide, with its massive rock arch on the Jurassic Coast, it is a stunning sight to behold.
The name durdle is derived from the old English “well-meaning drill or boar” and that's exactly what the ocean has done over many thousands of years battering the limestone rock and drilling out a cave which has itself eroded away to leave an archway to the open sea beyond remnants of other arches, and can be found dotted along the coast in the form of half-submerged stumps and in time that's all the remaining durdle door.
Perthshire is one of the most beautiful and vibrant places in Scotland, where the rolling highlands, tumbling becks and craggy mountains of the countryside provide a breath-taking backdrop to the beautiful highland towns and villages. Pitlochry is one such town, and it’s so centrally located that it’s said a map of Scotland would balance on a pin over Pitlochry. This helps explain the attraction of the picturesque town itself, and visitors won’t have to look far for comfortable, top-notch accommodation.
Exeter is in fact surprisingly gentle, with plenty of open spaces and visible history encouraging a moment’s pause and enjoyment. It’s also compact, cupped in green surroundings, without the unappealing urban spread that commonly occurs.
Despite Dorset’s many and great delights, in this post we discover Dorset’s Jurassic Coastal area. The Jurassic Coast stretches nearly 100 miles along the english channel it is full of beach coves and rock formations made of exposed layers of earth from ancient eras that spent a hundred eighty million years here. Fossils are found from species long-extinct.
The historic town of Ludlow in Shropshire, is one of the most beautiful towns in the country, where you will see one of the finest medieval arrangements of buildings a nationally recognised ancient scheduled monument, set in beautiful public gardens in the centre of Ludlow.
Devon has long been known as a county of good food. Much of its meat is home-reared in small-scale and ‘happy’ conditions; and the seafood is exceptional, with Exmouth mussels sold throughout the UK and the ‘crab’ said to be at its biggest and juiciest along Devon’s coast. For a while East Devon lagged South Devon but now there’s a rapidly growing enthusiasm and expertise in food; with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage making it home. Also, top chef Michael Caines, who has had such a positive impact on Devon’s food scene, is now planning a luxury hotel and restaurant in Lympstone on the Exe Estuary.
Most seaside towns and villages have their own fish stores, selling whatever the day’s catch has provided: straight from the sea and glisteningly fresh. The region is very proud of its fine restaurants and farm shops, and hosts several food fairs including the huge one in Exeter each April.
Brecon Beacons National Park
The national park is the main starting point for people wishing to walk up Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in southern Britain, and the national park. Wales offers a great deal for walkers with the high mountains and rolling hills in the west to the woodlands and riverside walks, and the canal sides for people wanting a bit more of a gentle walk, for anyone of any ability there is something out there for everyone in Wales. The Brecon Beacons are quite a diverse landscape, you have everything from the waterfalls and caves in the south of the park, with the highest point in southern Britain, and then you have the Usk Valley with rivers and reservoirs that you can walk around as well. There are hundreds of walking routes in the park, ranging from gentle strolls to strenuous climbs.
This lovely little town on the banks of the River Wye just inside the Welsh border, has developed a reputation beyond its size. Since the 1960’s it's become the world's second hand book capital, and now hosts the UK’s largest and most prestigious literary festival in late May. The small-town centre is made up of narrow sloping lanes, a variety of interesting shops, and many books that will attract people from all walks of life.