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Dec 30th, 2012, 11:02 PM
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Need charming area to visit during a two week trip to England

My husband and I are traveling into and out of London in June. We have been to many parts of Britain before, but this trip is different because I am not as mobile as I was previously due to an accident during the past year. We used to walk a lot, and now we will have to make sure that there are places to stop and rest in between. Also, we will not be driving ourselves.
We will be staying in London for several days at the beginning and end of the two week vacation. We would like to visit a picturesque and interesting village with enough things to visit and see within a short distance. We can hire a driver or take cabs or buses. We are looking for about a five day time period (flexible). We have been to Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Henley, Stonehenge area, the Cotswolds.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Dec 31st, 2012, 01:57 AM
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Hi Grandot,

my suggestion would be the south-east of England, specifically Kent and Sussex. There are loads and loads of things to see, the countryside is lovely for drives, there are many little towns and villages and plenty of places to stop like tea-shops and country pubs.

if you stayed in a small town like Lewes, you would have many country houses and NT gardens within reach, plus the south coast from the New forest to Rye.

hope this helps!
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Dec 31st, 2012, 02:03 AM
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Have you been to Monmouth and the Welsh Marches? It is beautiful, and Chepstow is a town I have always wanted to return to.

I also think East Anglia is not well known to most Americans. My oldest friend was from the coast near Colchester, and we had a wonderful trip to the area before he died.
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Dec 31st, 2012, 05:07 AM
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So sorry about your accident.

With bad knees, I don't walk the distances I used to, but managed the Peak District, North Yorkshire Moors and Lake District quite well over the past 3-4 years.

While we had a car, with good planning you can see almost everything you want via trains, buses, taxis or a car and driver. I would choose a town or village where there are dining options and good transport links. Perhaps Bakewell, York and Windermere for the three areas I've mentioned.

You could have a good 4-5 days in any of these areas.
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Dec 31st, 2012, 10:16 AM
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While are are good choices- I agree w/annhig that Kent/East Sussex area would be perfect. There are soooooooo many things to see w/i short drives of each other. Lots of stately homes including Chartwell if you are interested in Churchill, many castles, world famous gardens, seashore, several excursion railways, vineyards/wineries - you name it.

Plus the advantage that the area is close to London w/ easy access.
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Dec 31st, 2012, 10:23 AM
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oops- that should say >>While all are are good choices- . . . <<
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Dec 31st, 2012, 01:10 PM
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Catch the train up to York. The tourist Info office rents out electrically driven wheel chairs, the town is basically flat, though the walls are a bit tricky to get onto. The cathedral is set up for walking/wheel traffic and the cobbles of the medievel shopping area will take the wheel well.

http://www.visityork.org/
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Dec 31st, 2012, 01:28 PM
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I've just checked the website I've given you and the wheelchair option has been taken down. Still might be worth droping them an email.
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