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1. Posted by Midworlder (Respected Member 17 posts) 9y

Hi there - I'm new on the site. I thought I might check out the forums.

As part of a world trip I'm hiring a car (Hertz already arranged by travel agent) at Heathrow and taking off around England for a month in July, coming back to London for a week in November on the way home so I won't see that in July.

I haven't got a set itinerary, I may have a few places to stay with acquantances here and there but not many. I hope to see places like Cornwall Devon Westward Ho, St Ives, Penzance , Mt St Michaels, Stonenenge, Ayesbury, Winchelsea (descendants left for NZ from here in 1841) Whitby, Corfe Castle, Chester Bodmin Moor, Leeds, York, Manchester. Photography is a keen interest

So I may have a few B&B 's or accomodation organised but generally just drive ... till I feel like stopping and base myself somewhere for a few days .. if I can't find accomodation somewhwere just keep going to the next place

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated

Thanks Roger

2. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 9y

First up go to The Tea Tree in Winchelsea!

Check out Rye which is at the bottom of the hill, lovely town. Markets on a Thursday.

Put Liverpool on the route, it's a lot nicer than Manchester and Euro Capital of Culture 2008!

Elsewhere Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Brighton in Sussex, Bath seeing as you're headed to the West country.

Ummm if you want scenery Norfolk Broads, Peak District, Lake District (Windermere), Snowdonia national park.

Check out Edinburgh too.

Hope that helps.

P.S. - The Scilly Isles are a must!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 18, 2008, at 1:06 PM by bertles86 ]

3. Posted by Midworlder (Respected Member 17 posts) 9y

Great info thanks .. Manchester is required visit to friends .. I had thought of Edinburgh and may fit a flying visit in depending on the time I spend further south.

Thanks for the tip in Winchelsea will check it out

4. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y

ay up Roger, Devon and Cornwall have plenty of sights and intresting places to visit, you will be looking at around £30 B/B down in cornwall plus by July things will be getting very busy and full, i live 5 miles from St ives my wife comes from St ives, must agree with beatles86 Scillys is worth a visit but its not cheap getting over there,£40 on the boat and you only get 4 hours on the islands,plane is best bet but its around £100 to fly over and back!!!! but at least you will get most of the day, there is not a lot to see on Bodmin moor and you would be better off having a good day on Dartmoor in Devon and may be spending some time around Dartmouth. York is must on your visit, and the east coast from Scarbrough up to Whitby is good for getting some good photo shots, if you need any more info give us a P/M and i will try and help as much as i can, take a look at my photos i have one or two shots of the cornish coast cheers Allan toby tyke

5. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 9y

I don't remember the 4 hour bit about the Scilly Isles toby!

Is that for day trippers? I stayed on Tresco for a holiday, flew from Penzance to St Martins in a Chinhook and got the ferry from there to Tresco. But either way bloody awesome place to go, is it Bishops Rock the lighthouse? Amazing seeing that from the sea it's soo impressive!

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

You should spend a day or 2 in the Cotswolds as well. Often gets overlooked, but there are some really nice villages around, like Bibury so i would suggest including it in your route.

7. Posted by TOBY TYKE (Budding Member 86 posts) 9y

the 4 hour bit is the boat trip Beatle, which is for day trippers or for those that don't like the idea of 20 mins in a helicopter, or have not got £150 odd quid for the flight, but i think you will find you flew to St Marys not St martins on a sikorsky

8. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 9y

Ah could've been St Marys you're right! It was definitely a Chinhook though I remember it vividly, it was before it became properly commerical and the flights were just starting out. Probably a Siskorsky these days though, anyhow go be helo if you can afford it!

9. Posted by Midworlder (Respected Member 17 posts) 9y

Thanks all .. I should have "subscribed" to the thread missed all the latest posts .. I'll start a new thread about Great British Heritage pass

10. Posted by adell (Budding Member 42 posts) 9y

Cornwall is so beautiful but will be busy in summer so try and book accomodation in advance.