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A small sample of some of the great specialist food shops, pubs and restaurants. Focused very much on specialists, so no supermarkets or chains. These are places that are unique to Norwich and places we use pretty regularly. Just two layers - city centre, for places very much walkable within the centre, plus a suburbs layer for places you could walk to, but might choose to take car, bicycle, taxi etc. I'll look to add some more places, such as the Fat Cat pub, Lakenham creamery ice-cream, etc. Google Map View: https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1VNYBdx1joRKpXqbXDC5YUrjVg2k Norwich Cathedral cloisters in the snow
Kingston-upon-Hull (or Hull as it is more usually called) is tucked away in the bottom right hand corner of Yorkshire is well off the usual tourist itinerary. Since winning the coveted European City of Culture for 2017, it has made tremendous strides to rediscover itself and put its name very firmly on the map. The city has been detattified and there is a wide and varied programme of events 
throughout the year. This began with a massive firework display and you can’t ignore Hull now... 


 Although the area has been inhabited since neolithic times, the settlement at the mouth of the River Hull, didn’t really develop until the C12th when the monks of nearby Meaux Abbey needed a port to export wool. They built a quay near the junction...
On the tourist map for 900 years. Little Walsingham is a timeless small village of brick, flint and timber frame houses based around the village pump house in the depths of rural Norfolk. In the Middle Ages, Little Walsingahm was one of the four great shrines and places of pilgrimage alongside Rome, Santiago del Compostella and Jerusalem. All the kings of England from Henry III to Henry VIII visited it. Then came the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and Walsingham became a rural backwater until the arrival of a new Anglo Catholic vicar in the 1920s, who built a new Shrine Church and Little Walsingham was firmly back on the pilgrim and tourist route. But there is more to the village than that... The story begins in 1061 when...
Again, you are spoilt for choice and this is a very brief section covering some of my favourites. The north east was the centre of early Christianity and Lindisfarne Priory was founded in the C7th by St Aidan and St Cuthbert was Prior here. The beautifully illustrated Lindisfarne Gospels were written here in the C8th. The church survived the Dissolution of the Monasteries, becoming the parish church, but the rest of the priory buildings are now in ruins.The small museum has a collection of carved Celtic stones. The border countries were fought over by the English and Scots for centuries and there are many ruined castles. Prudhoe castle stands high above the banks of the River Tyne. Proud Dunstanburgh with its links to John of Gaunt...
The North Tyne is off the main tourist beat and gets few foreign visitors. Many British tourists only manage a day visit. This is a shame as the area warrants a longer stop. There are lots of ideas in this guide to the area There is information about walking trails here. Kielder is also the site of an impressive sculpture trail.The area suffers little light pollution at night and is now a Dark Sky Park with an observatory. If you have never seen the wonders of the Milky Way, this is the place to visit. Either take the A68 or A696 to Otterburn and then cut across to Bellingham. Alternatively take the B6320, a lovely drive as the road winds its way up the North Tyne Valley, stopping to have a look at Simonburn Church. There are miles...
To many people, Hadrian's Wall IS Northumberland and the main reason most people visit. Hadrian’s Wall is a world heritage site and snakes across some of the most dramatic scenery in England. This map shows the major sites along the wall. There is a footpath along the length of the wall. Unless you specifically want to walk the whole length of the wall, limit yourself to the middle section between Housesteads and Walltown. This has the best remains, the best scenery and the best walking. It is the most rewarding part of the wall for visitors. Further east, the wall has been ‘robbed out’ as the stones were used for building. Many old buildings will have Roman wall stones. Corbridge Church has a saxon tower with a Roman arch inside...
Northumberland is one of England’s hidden secrets. Most people rush through on their way to Scotland. This is a shame as they miss so much. There are glorious empty beaches stretching for miles as well as the largest man made lake and man made forest in the country. Over the years, we have visited Northumberland many times. Each time we go back, it feels like going home. The Northumbrians are such friendly and welcoming folk. I love the wide open spaces, where I can relax and breathe again. It truly is God’s Own Country. Northumberland has the lot and can truly be described as a microcosm of English history stretching from prehistoric times, the Romans, early Christian history, Border Reivers, to the industrial revolution and modern...

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