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Bridlington Old Town - Away from the bustle of the harbour and beaches, this is a step back into the past. Bridlington is a town of two parts, which have grown to form a whole. Bridlington Quay grew up around the harbour. Bridlington Old Town, about a mile inland, grew up around the Priory and, until the C19th, was a much more important settlement than Bridlington Quay. It was the major trading area for many of the surrounding villages which were dependent on the goods and products sold...
 
Bridlington Quay - Tourism and the Lobster capital of Europe. Bridlington is made up of two parts. Bridlington Old Town is about a mile inland and grew up around the Priory and was the main trading centre for the area until the arrival of the railway in the mid C19th. Bridlington Quay is the area around the harbour which is still an impressive and well-preserved piece of C19 harbour engineering. The two only joined up in the C20th when the town grew rapidly. They still preserve their...
 
Withernsea - Very much the forgotten part of East Yorkshire. Holderness is very much the forgotten part of East Yorkshire and has a very old fashioned feel as if time has passed it by. It is a flat and very fertile area but has one of the fastest eroding coastlines in Europe with over 30 villages lost to the sea between Flamborough Head and Spurn Point. The effect of erosion can be seen from the end of the South Promenade. By the C15th the original village of Withernsea had disappeared...
 
Some background and history This is a lovely ride through the unspoilt countryside of Kent and East Sussex and is a wonderful example of a rural light railway. It is typical of the many railways developed at the start of the C20th to serve sparsely populated areas. The stations may be named after the nearest village but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are close to it. It is a leisurely ten and a half mile trip across the Rother Levels between Tenterden Town and Bodiam. The line has a...
 
Introduction The Talyllyn Railway is a narrow gauge railway in Meirionnydd, Mid Wales that was originally built to carry slate from the hills above Abergynolwyn to the wharves at Tywyn. It was made famous as Skarloey’s railway by Rev Awdry in his Thomas the Tank engine books. The railway still preserves the feel of the 1950s and is a lovely ride up the Afon Fathew valley. The railway was opened in 1866 and has an illustrious history. It was the first narrow gauge railway in Britain to...
 
The Pickering and Whitby Railway was built in an attempt to improve links from Whitby to the rest of the country so halting the decline of Whitby as a port. It opened in 1836 as a horse drawn railway to Pickering, which included a rope hauled incline at Beckhole. The line was acquired by the York and North Midland Railway in 1845 and converted to steam power and building the stations . The Beckhole incline was equipped with a stationary steam engine and iron hauling rope. In 1854 the...
 
On the western edge of Harrogate, these gardens were originally planned as a display garden and trial ground to test the suitability of plants for growing in northern Britain. The well known gardener, and broadcaster, Geoffrey Smith, was superintendent here for many years. The gardens were once part of the Forest of Knaresborough, which was an ancient Royal hunting ground. Springs of sulphur water were discovered in 1734 and a Spa was developed here in the mid C19th with hotel and bath...
 
At 26 miles, the Welsh Highland Railway is the longest of the Welsh Narrow Gauge Railways and runs through Snowdonia National Park between Porthmadog and Caernarfon. The line has been rebuilt along the trackbed of a line that closed in the 1930s and runs through an area of disperse settlement and isolated farms. The only settlement of any size is Beddgelert and that is little more than a big village. It was hardly surprising there was insufficient traffic for the line to run at a profit...
 
The Ffestiniog Railway is a preserved narrow gauge railway in the top in the top left hand corner of Wales. It was originally built to carry slate from the hills above Blaenau Ffestiniog to the slate wharves at Porthmadog. It is now a popular tourist attraction, providing much needed employment and bringing tourist money into the area. Some of the pictures have been scanned from slides taken in the 1980s and 1990s, which explains the slight colour cast in some of them. Others were taken...
 
The series of small fishing villages along the Fife coast are a popular tourist destination for many, especially those based in Edinburgh. What many people don’t realise is that there are equally as attractive villages on the Moray coast in the north east of Scotland. They get few visitors, but can easily be visited as a day from either Aberdeen or from Inverness. This just covers the series of small villages, ignoring the town of Fraserburgh, which is still the biggest shellfish port in...
 
Cotswold churches Visiting churches is very much an English tradition. There is always a sense of excitement as you push open a church door as you never know what you may find. Even the most uninspiring exterior may hold unsuspected delights. We spent several weekends exploring the churches of the Cotswolds and surrounding area in 2014. I've included post code and a grid reference for each church. The Cotswolds is renowned for its parish churches. Many have been there for a thousand years...
 
Kelmscott Manor, Gloucestershire - The much loved country retreat of William Morris. William Morris is regarded by many as one of the most influential designers of the late C19th and was motivated by the desire to provide affordable ‘art for all’. A prominent member of the Arts and Craft Movement, Morris is best known for his wallpaper and fabric designs which are still recognisable today. Kelmscott Manor was the much loved Country home of the Morris family and was the inspiration of many...
 
Well off the tourist trail these delightful gardens are set in the depths of the Cotswold countryside between Stroud and Cirencester. They are reached along narrow lanes running through bluebell woods and grass verges covered with wood anemones, primroses and cowslips. There are small signs to the gardens, but they are easy to miss. You need to want to come here. For those who enjoy gardens, they are well worth the effort of finding. The gardens are on a hillside overlooking the...
 
St Mary’s Church, Kempley, Gloucestershire - A small country church with some of the best medieval wall paintings in the country. Medieval churches were covered with wall paintings. They were the only way for an illiterate congregation to learn about the Bible stories. During the Reformation, these were covered up and forgotten about as they were regarded as ‘Popish’ images. By the C19th many parish churches were in a poor state of repair and, during major refurbishment, many wall paintings...
 
Minster Lovell Hall, near Witney, Oxfordshire - Are there ghosts? Husband had grown up in Oxford and knew all the stories connected with Minster Lovell Hall. It was a place you didn’t visit and you crossed yourself if you went past on the road... He wasn’t too keen on visiting. The first time we visited was several years ago on a glorious sunny day. We were the only visitors and I wandered round the ruins. In places I could feel a sense of deep melancholy descend on me. Move a few steps...
 
Ledbury is an attractive small market town with a lot of timber frame buildings and retaining much of its medieval street pattern with a rabbit warren of narrow streets. Its wealth came from tanning leather and glove making. It has a good range of shops with many family owned specialist shops. It is the local service centre for the area and always busy. The Three Counties Cider Shop on The Homend has a very good range of locally made bottled craft ciders as well as draught ciders. The...
 
Attractive gardens at the mouth of Wensleydale, near Leyburn in North Yorkshire. These attractive gardens above a steeply wooded dene at the mouth of Wensleydale are reached down a long drive from the A684. Cars are parked in front of the house with views across the ha-ha to parkland with mature trees and cows and sheep grazing. It is a delightful spot, well away from traffic noise. The house is not open. It is a splendid classical building and has been the home of the Wyatt family for...
 
An immaculately restored Victorian Garden, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire. Brodsworth Hall was built in the mid C19th for the fabulously wealthy Thellusson family, who made their money from banking. The grounds were laid out to complement the Italianate house. The magnificent cedar of Lebanon tree in the front lawn as you approach the house dates from then. When the last owner, Sylvia Grant-Dalton, died in 1988, the house was in a very poor condition and the gardens were completely...
 
Set on a wooded peninsula on the North Wales coast, many people still identify Portmeirion to the iconic 1960s ITV series “The Prisoner”. It is one of the major tourist attractions in the area and a feast for the eyes. As well as the village itself there are miles of footpaths through the woodland, past lakes and follies. It is quite easy to spend a full day here. Portmeirion was designed by the quirky architect Sir Clough Williams Ellis who lived at Plas Brondanw a few miles away. He was...
 
A small C17th manor house - a time warp in a delightful setting. Plas yn Rhiw is a delightful small C17th stone manor house set high on the wooded hillside above Porth Neigl beach, hidden from the road by a stone wall and tall box hedge. The house was bought by the three Keating sisters in 1938 who lovingly restored it from a ruinous condition and planted the garden. They donated the house to the National Trust and continued to live in it until their death. They are buried in the...

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