To repeat earlier comments about England, every district has its own uniqueness and invitation to enjoy for those who especially love the English countryside. I've been to London a few times, done all the major tourist attractions - very seldom stayed overnight in the city - but my fondest memories are the small towns. So, here we go...
For those interested in this area of England, I'd suggest flying into Manchester - you can take a direct flight from Atlanta - and stay overnight at nearby Marriott Manchester Airport, 10minutes away, to refresh for the next day's trip. For those renting an auto, here are some of my suggestions for visiting districts of Lancashire, Cumbria, Northumberland and Yorkshire. We have some dear friends, Elizabeth and John Grayling, in the little hamlet of Allostock, south of Knutsford, and the airport, so we usually stay at their country home - "Schulshaw Willows"
If you'd like to visit in the area, you must go to Stoke-on-Trent and visit some of the remaining pottery shops - if all have not been transferred to China by time you visit. I mentioned the lovely little town of Ashford-on-the Water and Bakewell (SE of Manchester) in my last travelogue, so I'll skip this and head north of Manchester, unless you want to swing west over to Liverpool and visit the home of the "Beatles", but the town doesn't offer much more, at least to me.
I'd suggest the M63 ring road from airport to the M61 north toward Preston and then M6 to Lancaster, exiting on the A590, south of Kendal toward Windermere, on A591. My favorite place in the Lake District is the Linthwaite Hotel - Luxury Hotels in the Lake District | Linthwaite House Hotel Windermere - which is a wonderful place of solitude with picturesque view of the lake from the front yard (see my photos). You can get to the hotel off the B5284, off the 591 One of the main attractions in the nearby town is the Beatrix Potter Museum, but you need to drive to Hilltop, near Hawkshead to visit her homeplace - Hill Top - Visit Beatrix Potter's House Hill Top - Peter Rabbit -
I'd suggest a day trip from Windermere on A591 toward the lovely little town of Ambleside, then B5284 south toward Hawkshead, stopping at Hill Top and then take the car ferry back to Windermere. As a side note, my wife and I stayed at a B&B (Monks Farm), south of Stratrord, and noticed a book about Beatrix Potter on the den table. Our host advised us that part of the movie about the famous English writer was filmed at her farm.
This might not be of interest except to book and antique lovers, but a day trip through the Yorkshire Dales to the little town of Hawes is well worth the time. *Make sure have plenty of petrol in your auto before you leave Windermere!
Leaving Windermere, drive north on A592, around Ullswater Lake toward Penrith and then take the M6 again to Carlisle. Aside from Corby Castle - Corby Castle Border Pele Tower Haunted Castles Great Corby Wetheral Carlisle Cumbria England English, the main attraction here is Hadrian's Wall, the northern border of the ancient Roman Empire into Britannia, which stretches from Newcastle-Upon Tyne (east coast of England) to Bowness-on-Solway (west coast). This is a fascinating journey back in time!https://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=AwrBT8RGHQtUiI4AuttXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0OTByYjNvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDQ1OF8x?_adv_prop=image&fr=yfp-t-315-s&va=hadrian%27s+wallHadrian's Wall | Visit Northumberland
(Sorry, I took a video here, not many photos, while visiting Hadrian's Wall.)
Unless you want to visit Newcastle, drive back toward Penrith and take the A66 across the top of the Yorkshire Dales, passing Brough, intersecting with A1 at Scotch Corner and A19 to York.This is quite a long trip, but the end is worth the effort.
The Yorkminster Cathedral, one of the largest in all of England - in fact, Europe - is perhaps the main attraction here, and the town is a worthwhile place to visit for a couple of days. York Minster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia There is a Marriott Hotel in the heart of the city - Luxury Hotels in York, UK | York Marriott Hotel
I usually stayed at the Barff Lodge, south of York in the little town of Selby, but I don't think the owners offer their B&B for tourists anymore. However, a trip to York without a walk down the old street, called "Shambles", is to miss one of the other unique city sites, especially to realize that in the old days folks living above the street would often dump their "honey pots" (ask someone if you don't know what these are) out the window onto the street before. (see photo)
From York, another interesting trip is to head west to the old town of Harrogate (see photos) and then back to Manchester for departure.
(Next excursion: Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk)
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