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Danni Feb 24th, 2000 09:21 PM

First in English Countryside
Although my husband and I have been to England many times, we are struggling with where to take my husband's brother and his wife on their first trip. We want to show them great villages and country scenes, but would really value getting other people's opnions on what's best to show them. We have about 12 days including some in London. Any suggestions?

jim Feb 25th, 2000 01:29 AM

for my money it would have to be the Cotswolds - beautiful and close to London - the British Tourist Authority should be able to provide info on places to stay etc.

Jeff Feb 25th, 2000 05:20 AM

I agree with Jim, but I'd also like to suggest Shropshire. The Long Mynd is beautiful as are a lot of the quaint little villages in the area. Have a nice time.

John Feb 25th, 2000 06:31 AM

Hi, Danni, <BR>I'd also recommend investigating East Anglia, looping from Cambridge into Norfolk & Suffolk, for villages like Kersey and Lavenham, and/or then up to the Yorkshire Dales, working out of York or Harrogate. Dons, farms, fens, and thatched roofs, then the Minster, stone villages, moorland, sheep and Old Peculiar. Plenty of variety.

john Feb 25th, 2000 02:34 PM

<BR> The Lake District is a must.

elaine Feb 25th, 2000 02:38 PM

I have heard strong recommendations for the Lakes, and for Wales.

Karen Feb 25th, 2000 04:25 PM

On one trip we spent three weeks south of London, between Cornwall on the west to Dover on the east. We included the Cotswolds, Devon and all the counties to was a great trip just meandering through all the little villages, with frequent stops at scenic or historic places. For a first trip anything they see will be wonderful.

Danni Feb 27th, 2000 07:19 AM

Thanks for the great ideas! We would like more ideas on Shropshire as we have never been in that area. Has anyone spent time in Dorset?

Patrick Feb 27th, 2000 09:50 AM

About 10 years ago, our first venture to England outside of London, we took the train to York for a couple of nights, rented a car there, drove to the Lake District, then Chester, then Broadway in the Cotswalds, then Stamford, and then Lincoln, before finishing the circle and dropping the car back off in York, where we took the train on to Scotland. We spent two to three nights in each location, and wouldn't have changed a minute of it. It really gave us a good feel for a variety of places. On a slightly more limited time, you might cut Stamford completely, and narrow Chester down to one night. The drives between points were all easy and left lots of time for day time sightseeing and wonderful pub lunch stops enroute (but one of us had to be the designated driver at lunch.) <BR>Since that time we have returned to several of those areas for more detailed and longer stays, but that initial intro to English countryside is still my favorite. A similar circle could be made in Devon and Cornwall, but I would save that for the second one.

Jan Feb 28th, 2000 12:17 AM

I have been to Dorset loads of times and it is a lovely county. Lots to see there and some great countryside and villages. Next to Dorset is East Devon another lovely area and in parts very unspoilt, people seem to pass through on their way to South Devon and Cornwall without stopping, big mistake in my opinion. Again some picturesque coastal towns like Beer and Branscombe and if you are into National Trust and simular properties some good ones to visit in the area e.g. Knightshayes Court, Castle Drogo, Killerton and Forde Abbey. It is also worth mentioning if you like walking and hiking there are good walks both coastal and inland in this area.

Mary Mar 2nd, 2000 03:02 PM

You have to come to the Heart of England- from here you can do Shakespeare, the Cotswolds and are near enough for day trips to places like Oxford.

April Mar 3rd, 2000 01:50 AM

Danni, <BR>From Shaftesbury to Lyme Regis and all around, Dorset really is lovely. My Mother always likes to visit the Poole Pottery. <BR>

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