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21. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 589 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting ToonSarah

You'd be wise to leave Scotland for a separate trip, as two weeks isn't long.

So many places and so little time!

Quoting ToonSarah

A good but busy tour could be to have a couple of days in London at the start, then pick up your hire car (I would recommend in the suburbs or at Heathrow, not in the centre of town), drive north and overnight (or better, two) in York, spend a few nights in the Dales, then go further north for a few more in Northumberland, then back to London with, if you can manage to fit it in, an overnight en route at either Newcastle or Durham, and a final night in London before flying home.

And of course if you're in London t would be fun to meet

That I was thinking too, day or two in London at the beginning and end :) also I think that the picking up the car would be wise in suburbs :)

Aaand, meeting up sounds perfect!

But year is a long time to plan things so lets see what I will come with!

22. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1374 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

In a shameless plug (moderators, please look the other way!) I have a whole series of blog entries about Northumberland which may be useful, which is why I dare to suggest you take a look: https://toonsarahnorthumbria.travellerspoint.com/1/

23. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2106 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Agree absolutely about not trying to squeeze in Scotland on this trip.

You might think about hiring a car in Oxford. In normal times there are frequent train and long-distance bus links from London as well as straightforward access to the motorway system, slightly lower hire rates and...of course...it's interesting in itself.

Alternatively, leave London for another time and see if you can fly into e.g. Manchester or Newcastle. It's quicker and easier to get to Yorkshire from either city than from London....and even two weeks isn't long enough to see all Yorkshire has to offer!

[ Edit: Edited on 20-May-2020, 11:15 GMT by leics2 ]

24. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1374 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Agree absolutely about not trying to squeeze in Scotland on this trip.

You might think about hiring a car in Oxford. In normal times there are frequent train and long-distance bus links from London as well as straightforward access to the motorway system, slightly lower hire rates and...of course...it's interesting in itself.

Alternatively, leave London for another time and see if you can fly into e.g. Manchester or Newcastle. It's quicker and easier to get to Yorkshire from either city than from London....and even two weeks isn't long enough to see all Yorkshire has to offer!

You could also catch the train from London to York (only two hours), spend a couple of nights there and then hire a car to explore the country areas in Yorkshire and Northumberland. That way you wouldn't have to drive such long distances and would avoid big city driving altogether while still having a couple of days in London if you would like to.

25. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2106 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

>You could also catch the train from London to York (only two hours),

That's an even better idea, Sarah...and, if London is left for another trip, getting to York would be just as easy by train from Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Liverpool and Edinburgh airports.

York itself is unmissable for anyone visiting Yorkshire (a huge county) for the first time, imo.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-May-2020, 13:20 GMT by leics2 ]

26. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

We flew into Manchester on our northern UK trip and it was really nice to escape London traffic. Highly recommended. It's a short and lovely drive into Yorkshire from there. Great idea.

27. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 589 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

We have straight flights from here to London so I think I will want to use them ;) But train to York and car for couple of days from there could be an good idea

28. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2106 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Finnair fly direct from Helsinki to Manchester & Edinburgh. :-)

29. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 589 posts) 41w Star this if you like it!

Quoting leics2

Finnair fly direct from Helsinki to Manchester & Edinburgh. :-)

Oh, hmmm, those must have passed me by

30. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 2106 posts) 41w 1 Star this if you like it!

Definitely worth investigating if London isn't essential. :-)