england late summer suggestions

Mar 18th, 2008, 04:02 PM
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england late summer suggestions

We are looking for suggestions ten days in England late summer this year. Some interest in London but would like to also stay in the countryside (we farm in Iowa). Also planning to stay with French friends in Piccardy a few days. Wife is pro photographer.
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:32 PM
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We spent 5 nights in London and 4 in the Cotswolds this past September and had a great time. It certainly depends on what you personally enjoy doing, but for photography, relaxing, and walking, the Cotswolds were great. Here's a link that could be a good starting point:

Good luck!
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Mar 18th, 2008, 05:41 PM
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it's difficult to know how to respond fully to your query without knowing more about you and your interests, and if you are thinking of staying 10 days in one place or travelling around.
However, I'll try and kick off some responses for you by suggesting North Yorkshire, where I live. This county was recently voted the most beautiful in England (and won by miles).
It contains some of the most gorgeous scenery you will find anywhere -villages, abbeys, waterfalls etc etc, the city of York itself. There are the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors National Parks to explore. Many places, especially in the Dales, do a farm stay bed and breakfast which might appeal to you as fellow farmers. A car would be vital - many places are pretty remote. Here are some websites to help you - the first one contains lots of farm stay details.

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Mar 19th, 2008, 04:55 AM
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I would second Morgana suggestion. North Yorkshire is a wonderful place to visit.

You also have the Lake District, County Durham and Northumberland within the North of England which all have wonderful countryside and old towns to visits.

I get frustrated reading lots of posts from people visiting the UK who head straight for London and forget what the rest of the UK has to offer.

PS - Don't forget your rain coat - it may be summer when you arrive but it will still rain (It always does).
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Mar 19th, 2008, 09:42 AM
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Will you be driving? We can't figure out our transportation, but everyone has been helpful in giving their comments...
With the website www.the-cotswolds.org it shows the train paths and that was the most helpful map I've seen.
Now I see why it is more difficult to get to Bath from London.
With 14 days - we are now thinking that a full week in London is too much unless we do the day trip out of there to Bath...Then leave and go up to the Cotswolds area, then we want to end up in Edinburgh for about 4-5 days.
We are thinking all by train.
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Mar 19th, 2008, 07:34 PM
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Take a look at our pictures at
http://tinyurl.com/25xs9t for some ideas.

Lee Ann
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Mar 20th, 2008, 07:17 AM
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Lee Ann,
LOVED your pictures-what a trip! Did you have any trouble driving? We are a bit scared to try...We're 66 and the other couple is 70..really quite young...
How many days did you stay in London? We can't decide...Want to see Cotswolds area and not rush and end up in Edinburgh...We could take the side trip out of London to Bath one day...Thanks
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Mar 20th, 2008, 01:31 PM
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one suggestion is to visit Northumberland. My husband is from Newcastle and there are loads of picturesque castles to visit on the coast and around the northeast. It is also easy to get to the Lake District from there (about 3 hours). Best places in & around Newcastle include: Warkworth Castle, Dunstanburgh Castle, Bamburgh Castle, Roman Wall, Prudhoe Castle, Belsay Hall, Jedburgh Abbey (just across the border in Scotland 1 hr from Nwcl). North Yorkshire is about 1-2 hours south. You could easily do both Yorkshire & Northumberland. This is prime farming territory - I'm sure you would love it and it is off the beaten path for many americans.
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Mar 20th, 2008, 07:27 PM
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Thanks, judymo! Mr. Pickle took most of them.

We spent 2 1/2 days in London; longer would have been nice, but we didn't want to cut out any of our other stops.

After London, we spent one night outside Stratford-upon-Avon, two in the Peak District, two in North Wales, two in the southern Cotswolds, one in Bath, and one in Salisbury before heading home.

Driving on the left really isn't that difficult, according to Mr. Pickle. We went to New Zealand in 2004, so he had a bit of experience. We picked up our car in London, but if you get yours at Heathrow, spend some time driving around the parking lot to get a hang of where everything is in the car.

Choose one person to be the navigator, and use the AA trip planner site to plan your routes. We printed out driving routes for everywhere we wanted to go and put them in a binder - it was really helpful.

Lee Ann
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