Places I've Been and Things I've Seen



Return of the Severn

A magnificent Great Western adventure, revisited. Following an enjoyable visit earlier this year, I’m back on the Severn Valley Railway again!

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Derbyshire Days – The Lumsdale Falls

An afternoon stroll through the Lumsdale Valley, one of the lesser known attractions in the Derbyshire Peak District near to Matlock. It’s a beautiful wooded gorge with ruins of several historic mill buildings, and a series of lovely waterfalls.

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Time travel on the Worth Valley Railway

Continuing with this year’s theme of heritage railways, on Sunday I visited the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire. First established in 1867, the single track branch line from Keighley to Oxenhope is now a preserved railway, set in the 1950s.

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Dog-friendly days near Cambridge

Our first trip out in the caravan this year along with our two dogs, exploring the area around Cambridge. One of the dogs, Indie, is a relatively recent addition this year, so it’s also our first holiday experience with him.

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Grown Men Playing with Trains

Two heritage railways in a week! Following my visit to the Severn Valley Railway the previous weekend, on Friday I visited the Great Central Railway near Loughborough, as they were hosting their annual model railway event.

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Every Journey Ends With a Memory

A weekend away in Bewdley, Worcestershire, gave me the perfect opportunity to spend an entire day on the Severn Valley Railway, a heritage railway running for 16 miles between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

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Flamborough Head

A week away in the caravan, exploring the Flamborough Headland Heritage Coast in East Yorkshire. We managed to squeeze quite a few places and attractions into a busy week of touring the area…

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Dreaming Spires

A few short diary notes from our first trip out with the caravan this year, to visit the City of Oxford. The city is famous amongst other things for the oldest university in the world, and as an historic backdrop for Inspector Morse, Harry Potter and I’m sure many more!

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Going to Glastonbury

A week of relaxation in a beautiful countryside location, exploring Glastonbury’s myths and legends.

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Tears of Laughter

Yet another excellent pre-Christmas London coach trip organised by Tiffany’s Aunt. This time we went to see ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ at the Duchess Theatre, following a lovely lunch at the Boulevard Brasserie nearby.

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Knick Knacks and Handbags

A thunderstruck bank holiday weekend, with storms, morris dancers, and a quaint thatched-roof village.

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Tea Rooms and Antique Shops

Arundel has far more than its fair share of these, in fact almost to the exclusion of ordinary shops for everyday living!

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