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Week in southern UK in December

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Hi, I'm planning our next trip and am looking for a place to spend an extra week in the UK. Thanking you in advance for your help!

Challenges:
- husband cannot walk much
- we'll rely on public transit
- we *can't* do even a day trip in non-UK countries because we will have maxed out our 90 days

Good points:
- husband and I are in good health (other than his limited walking; a couple hours are fine, but an all-day hike is not)
- we live in the Midwest on a farm, so coolish temperatures (40-50 F. or 4-10 C.) are comfortable - warmer is better, though
- we've already been to UK (including London), so we're familiar with National Rail, the Tube, etc.
- we'll be flying in from Madrid, so we won't need to worry about US-to-UK jetlag

We're locked in to a week in early December because it comes just before our daughter's uni classes end for the fall term, and we're planning to meet her in London. I realize that December is one of the bleakest months of the whole year, thanks to cold temps, rain/snow and short sunlight, but it would be colder, wetter and darker at home, so just being in the UK will be fun for us.

We like museums, photography, wildlife, national parks and literary places.We rarely drink and we're not into gourmet meals or fancy digs. I'm a writer and husband is a retired English teacher. I guess this whole paragraph means that we are some of the geekiest people around. ;-)

I was thinking maybe a town near South Downs or High Weald, but I'm not really sure. I read that southeast England tends to be drier than southwest England...but some rain is OK. Our original list included Penzance or the New Forest area, and I still like the *idea* of those areas though December looks pretty rainy.

The "worst case scenario" is still pretty good - just stay an extra week in London and do day trips as weather permits - but I wanted to check in with the experts here because you've given such great advice in the past.

Many thanks!

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