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This is the first of what will probably be several questions about an upcoming trip I am planning. Luckily I have a year to sort it all out! Next June, my husband and I along with our two girls (11 & 8) and my parents (69 & 67) will be spending 2 weeks in the UK. This will be a first time trip for all of us and something I am so glad that we get to experience together! Everyone enjoys walking, gardens, old houses & castles. May dad is a farmer and wants to see the countryside and avoid London at all costs (which is fine with us, my husband and kids and I would love to do that at another time all on its own). So, my itinerary does not include London for that reason. We will be resting a car because as this will be a somewhat rural trip we can see the most that way and my husband is willing to drive. I am looking for itinerary advice and also advice on good towns for bases as we DO NOT want to be packing and moving every night. Also, we have a national trust pass if that helps with recommended places to visit.
Day 1 : arrive @ Heathrow (7:00 am), drive towards Bath and stay somewhere in the vicinity; visit Bradford on Avon & Lacock
Day 2: Stourhead & Wells
Day 3: Bath
Day 4: Southern Wales (Cardiff, St Fagans, Forest of Dean)
Day 5: Cotswolds
Day 6: Cotswolds
Day 7: Oxford
Day 8: Drive North to Yorkshire
Day 9: Yorkshire dales (Fountains Abbey, Aysgarth falls)
Day 10: Thirsk, Helmsley, Suttons Bank
Day 11: York
Day 12: Drive to Edinburgh stopping to see Durham Cathedral, or possibly Alnwick (for my Harry Potter fans
Day 13: Edinburgh
Day 14: Edinburgh in the morning (flying out late afternoon)

So here are my questions:
1.) does this sound doable for everyone between the ages of 8 & 69 and assume everyone will have a reasonably good experience?
2.) Should we stay relatively close to Bath the first 3 - 4 nights then move to a place up in the northern parts of the Cotswolds for 3 - 4 nights or is it better to pick a more central location (Tetbury, Malmesbury, Wotten Under Edge) and stay put for a week? If staying put is the better option what town/village would be best?
3.) similar to the other question, but about Yorkshire. Should we stay in York then drive to points from there or is a more central town (Thirsk?) a better choice for what we want to see?
4.) It is possible for us to fly out of London instead of Edinburgh and extend our time in other places instead of driving north to explore that area; would that make more sense? I'd hate to give up Edinburgh but am willing to if everything else is too rushed.

Thank you for all of your advice & help!

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