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Literary England

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I am looking for advice/help in planning my own itinerary for the literary trip I've always dreamed of. Here are places I want to see:

Haworth
Rochester (Dickens's last home)
Chawton
Bath
Grasmere

I can't stay more than 10 days. I wouldn't mind spending a little time in London, but not more than 2 days. I also want to spend more time in some places than others. For instance, even though Haworth is the most important place for me to visit, I assume I can do it in a day (since I'm mainly just going to see the Bronte Museum). On the other hand, I would love to spend more time in the Bath area and especially in Gramere/the Lake District, and I don't want to rush around a lot.

My main problem is that I can't even figure out what order I should go to places in. It seems like it shouldn't be so hard, but it seems like some of the writings I've seen conflict with what is on the map! I am also not sure how many hotels I should book. (For example, is it possible to stay in Bath or Rochester and go to London for the day? Is it possible/advisable to stay in Grasmere and visit Haworth for the day?)

I would also welcome advice on whether or not to rent a car. I know it will make me more mobile, but I don't really like driving and train travel seems like fun. But am I crazy to try to do all these places by train?

I was considering lumping the trip into two parts: 1) Haworth/Grasmere/Lake District, and 2) London/Rochester/Chawton/Bath/Cotswolds. Would that make sense?

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