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    A fine yorkshire town and castle [HEMSLEY]

    by gwendar Updated Feb 1, 2015

    The charming small north Yorkshire town of Hemsley,has a very nice English country feeling to it
    with a lot of character.
    A visit on market day is recommended as on sale are some very fine homemade local products
    There are also some fine local shops selling a very good range of local crafts.
    Eating in Hemsley is well catered for there being a very good selection of Pubs and cafes to choose from.
    A must visit while in Hemsley is its 900 year old castle this can clearly be seen from the market place in the center of town photos on page 2

    Market cross Side street leading onto the market Beck running to rear of the market Looking towards the market from the main street Market to the right looking down main street
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    Ingleton waterfalls walk (north yorkshire)

    by gwendar Written Nov 19, 2014

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    This is a very beautiful circular walk in the north dales of Yorkshire it has some very fine views and
    pretty waterfalls and is some 8km in distance and takes about some 3 to 4 hours to complete.
    The small village of Ingleton can be found some 11 miles north of the town of Settle on
    A65 road.
    Signs are shown in the village to the start of the walk
    opening time is 9am and it is open throughout the year.
    The walk has been welcoming visitors since 1885

    Nature at its best Rival falls Baxenghyll gorge A fine moorland view Thornton force
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    Wiltshire

    by grayfo Written Nov 2, 2014

    Wiltshire is a land-locked county located in the south-west of England; the county shares its borders with Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Must see attractions include Longleat Safari Park, Burlington, and the Swindon Steam Railway Museum. Historical sites include Stonehenge, Avebury, King Alfred’s Tower and Malmesbury Abbey.

    The county town of Wiltshire since 1930 has been Trowbridge

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    The oldest armshouse in England [winchester]

    by gwendar Written Aug 3, 2014

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    The medieval almshouse of Saint Cross in Winchester was founded in 1133/36 it is the oldest charitable institution in England its founder was HENRY-DE-BIOIS.
    He was the then bishop of Winchester and a grandson of William the conqueror.
    Saint cross is the oldest and largest medieval almshouse in England.

    16c gatehouse vaulted cealing 16c
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    Walking around Walkworth

    by gwendar Updated Jul 26, 2014

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    This Northumberland village is to be found 2 miles north of the town of amble.
    The village its self is to be found next to the river coquet,it has a very impressive castle,and was the birthplace of HENRY PERCY[HOTSPUR] friend and foe of HENRY IV.
    Also to be seen is a humpbacked medieval bridge noted for its fortified tower,and upstream is to found a 14th c hermitage with a vaulted chapel cut into the cliff.
    The village also has a nice church [st Lawrence] and the market square,also it has a Victorian drinking fountain.

    Walkworth castle Views of walkworth castle Views of the medieval bridge The 14c  hermitage church,fountain,main street,market cross
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    Brougham castle History by a peaceful river

    by gwendar Updated Jul 26, 2014

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    A visit to Brougham castle in cumbria northwest England.
    This very picturesque castle dates from the 13th century and is situated by the river Emont
    set in the eden valley.
    A complex of passages and spiral stairs makes this a very interesting castle to explore.
    The castle was founded by Robert de Vieuxpont.

    Brougham castle in bright sun. 2 views of the Keep View from upper gallery castle outer wall upper passage way
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    Englands Textile History [Helmshore lancshire]

    by gwendar Written Jun 20, 2014

    This one of those places that you find by chance a museum dedicated to a bygone industry
    the Helmshore textile mills are situated on the river ogden in the small Lancashire village of the same name.
    It is well worth a visit to see and learn about the fascinating history of the manufacture of textiles

    Helmshore mills set in the rossendale valley Helmshore mills visitor enterance The rear mill next to the disused railway viaduct Some of the old mill machines Again machinery inside the mill
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    Hadrians Wall Path

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2014

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    Even though the Romans conquered Britain in AD 43, they always struggled to keep the barbaric northern tribes out of their southern possessions. Emperor Hadrian established a border between the Roman Empire and the lands of the Caledonians (later Picts) by ordering the construction of a massive defensive wall in AD 122 that reached from the Solway Firth to the River Tyne for roughly 140 km. After almost 2000 years, it is still there (or at least, significant parts of it) and remains one of the most marvelous results of military engineering.

    A hiking path - marked by a white acorn - runs parallel to the wall, from Bowness - on - Solway to Newcastle (Wallsend). It is possible to hike the most beautiful part between Carlisle and Chollerford in 3-4 days. A realistic day goal would be to hike between 10-15 miles per day. Possible routes: Carlisle-Walton or Lanercost (Day 1), Walton/Lanercost - Walltown (Day 2), Walltown & Winshield Crags to Steel Once Brewed (Day 3), Once Brewed - Chollerford (Day 4). It is possible to combine Day 2 and Day 3, but it is a hard days walk then.

    Advice:
    - plan your daily hikes realistically. I would recommend to split the distance between Walltown and Chollerford (the "Crags") into two separate hikes due to the terrain. It`s the best part, you don`t want to rush through here.
    - walking sticks and weatherproof clothing is a must
    - sunscreen
    - it is a very rural area, so pack provisions and plenty of water
    - ATMs are rare, take all the money you need with you; not every B&B accepts credit cards
    - as the B&B`s along the fill up quickly, preebooking is essential
    - choose B&B`s close to the the path; you don`t want to figure out how to get into the next town at the end of your hike when there is no taxi or public transport
    - if you don`t want to carry a large backpack, make use of a luggage transport. There are many companies here that pick up your luggage at your present accomodation in the morning and drop it at the next one for a small fee in the afternoon. A very wise investment.

    Personally, I would always use Bowness or Carlisle as an entry point to the path, and not Newcastle. If you choose Newcastle as your start, you have one leg of the hike which leads mainly through the city and another one which runs parallel to the busy B6318 road. So the west-east-direction would be my preferred route.

    Hadrians Wall

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    Cambridge

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2014

    Cambridge is a beautiful university city with gothic-style college buildings dating back to the 13th century and picturesque bridges - the most famous being the "Bridge of Sighs" over the River Cam. Famous students of Cambridge include Isaac Newton, Bertrand Russell, John Milton and Lord Byron; also, many founders of Harvard University in the USA where educated in Oxford. Cambridge scientists won more nobel prizes than any other university in the world. Among the most interesting colleges are St. Johns College, Magdalene College, Trinity College, Pembroke and Clare College. Keep in mind that some colleges charge entry fees and that access to some parts may be restricted, especially during examination times. It is also well worth walking along the River Cam, where hiking paths criss-cross the college grounds.

    Cambridge

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    Oxford

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2014

    Oxford is best-known as a university town, and its main attractions are related to the many colleges residing in historic buildings, such as St. Johns, All Souls, Christchurch, Lincoln, Balliol or Brasenose, dating back to the 13th century. Famous teachers and pupils include Tolkien, C.C. Lewis and Oscar Wilde. Many "Hogwarts" scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed here. Most colleges charge an entry-fee for visitors; during examination times, access to some colleges or rooms may be restricted.

    Apart from the historic colleges, other sights of Oxford are the magnificent Bodleian Library, Christchurch Cathedral and the Radcliffe Camera building. From the Carfax Tower, one has a great view of the many spires of Oxford.

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    Sissinghurst Gardens

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2014

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    Near Sissinghurst village (Kent) one of the best-known gardens of England can be found. The manor itself dates back to Saxon times, saw many owners and additions and was at one time even used as a prisoner camp in the 7 years war. The gardens were created in the 1930`s by Vita Sackville-West, a poet with a fondness for gardening, and her husband Harold Nicolson. The garden is defined by hedges and brick walls, which separate different "themed" gardens. A remarkable feature of Sissinghurst Gardens is the fortified gatehouse; from the top one has a superb view on the gardens.

    Sissinghurst Gardens

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    Penshurst Place

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 5, 2014

    Penshurst Place is a manor building near Tonbridge, Kent, about 50 km south east of London. The building dates back to the 14th century; since the mid-16th century, it was owned by the Sydney familiy and at times, used by King Henry VIII as a hunting lodge. Inside Penshurst Place portraits, medieval tapestries, armour collections and a Toy Museum can be found. On the grounds, extensive gardens add to the beauty of the place. Penshurst Place was also a film location for "The other Boleyn girl" and Shakespeare adaptions.

    Penshurst Place

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    East Marton Village [North Yorkshire]

    by gwendar Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    The little village of east marton is road village found on they A59 road some 5 miles from the town of Skipton it is most known for its famous canal bridge which is a double arch along with some very fine canal scenery the village itself also has a very fine church and some handsome houses along with a very nice old English pub [THECROSS KEYS] See separate review A nice café next to the bridge in picture 2 called [ABBOTS HARBOUR]
    A point of interest the village was formerly called Church marton.

    The famous double arch canal bridge A59 above leeds/liverpool canal at east marton St peters church East marton from canal bridge The former village post office Church view and view towards pendle hill
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    Leeds Castle

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    The moated Leeds Castle is located in Kent, close to Maidstone village. Since the 12th century, a castle existed in this location, being a residence for King Edward I., and later Katherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII. The new castle as it looks today is mainly the result of additions in the 18th century. This picturesque castle has a maze, a grotto and a unique museum of dog collars.

    Leeds Castle

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    London

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Apr 30, 2014

    It is practically impossible to give all useful information about London in a single tip, so I recommend my VT London page for more comprehensive insights. One cannot possibly see all London sights in a single journey. For a first-timer, a week would be necessary only to see the major sights.

    My humble attempt to cluster worthwhile London sights:

    - for panoramic viewpoints of London, try the London Eye, the viewing platform of St. Pauls Cathdedral or "The Shard" skyscraper
    - iconic London squares are Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden
    - many parks add a touch of green to London, my favourite being Kew Gardens, St. James Park, Regents Park, Kensington Park and Holland Park
    - famous palaces, castles and feudal mansions of London: of course Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Somerset House ...
    - the churches Westminster Abbey and St. Pauls cathedral
    - the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben clocktower
    - Tower Bridge and scenic paths along the River Thames
    - the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum, Imperial War Museum
    - the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Collections (Tate Britain and Tate Modern), the Royal Academy of Arts
    - the historic suburb of Greenwhich
    - historic Highgate and Kensal Green cemeteries
    - the Harry Potter film studios at Leavesden
    - Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    St. Paul`s Cathedral

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