๐ŸฅšEaster break … St. Briavels and Wye valley

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This was one rare exception where I just booked the stay but did not plan anything, hoping others will do it. Nevertheless we arrived very late at Chepstow because lots of planned engineering work was going on M4. Weather was terrible on Friday , it was drizzling all the day. We checked-in at 5.30 and there was nothing else to do for that day. It is not everyday you can stay in a castle that too without breaking the bank. YHA did a fabulous job to maintain and renovate the castle…
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Saturday Cycle ride in Essex villages

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง We cycled out of the beautiful historic village of Ingatestone with its 11th century church and cycled through the woods towards Highwood and then to the pretty village of Blackmore where we stopped for morning tea and cakes. Then through a series of little villages: Norton Heath, Willingdale, Fyfield (where we hadย  lunch at the Black Bull), Birds Green, Shellow Bowells(!), Roxwell, Newney Green, then past the Agricultural College and into towards Chelmsford on the lovely cycle path by the river. I wasย on the train that leaves Stratford at 9:25 getting…
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Around Glasgow

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ We did Clyde river Cruise yesterday. It was a very long day , came back to my hotel at 12 in night. Our flight was at 8 in evening , so decided to take the day easy. We checked out from our hotel at 10. Our first destination was "city chambers" , however 25th Sept was festival holiday in Glasgow , so it was closed. Next we walked from there to Glasgow cathedral , built before theย Reformationย from the late 12th century onwards and serving as the seat of the Bishop and…
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Clyde full day cruise

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ This was a hurriedly planned trip in and around Glasgow. We left on Saturday evening, our bus from Victoria terminus was at 10.30 PM. It was a overnight journey we reached Glasgow around 8.30 in the morning. Our ship MV Balmoral was supposed to depart from Glasgow Science center at 10.30 AM. The weather was not great , it was cloudy and started drizzling soon after we reached Glasgow.ย  We used rest rooms at bus terminus to freshen up and went for our ship. This was her last cruise for this…
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North Ireland – Giant Causeway

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง We left Derry in the morning toย Ballymoney . On the way we saw Dunluce castle. The iconic ruin of the castle sitting on a rocky outcrop , connected to mainland via a bridge. In the 17th century Dunluce was the seat of the earls of County Antrim and saw the establishment of a small town in 1608. Our next stop was Carrick-a- rede (rope bridge).ย Connected to the cliffs by a rope bridge across the Atlantic Ocean, Carrick-a-Rede Island (home to a single building - a fisherman's cottage) is the final destination.…
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Sunday Cycling from Northwood to Uxbridge

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This was a 27 mile linear Chilterns bike ride starting from Northwood tube station (zone 6) at 10.50am taking in Rickmansworth, Sarratt, Chenies, and Denham before finishing at Uxbridge tube station on Sunday 3rd September. The route was on a mixture of country lanes, minor roads, parks and canal paths as well as cycle paths. The ride also included a couple of hills which is unavoidable in the Chilterns. There was an early coffee stop at Batchworth Lock cafe Rickmansworth then a short climb to the village of Sarratt where we…
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North Ireland – Derry

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฎ๓ ฉ๓ ฒ๓ ฟ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฎ๓ ฉ๓ ฒ๓ ฟ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฎ๓ ฉ๓ ฒ๓ ฟ๓ ง๓ ข We had an early morning flight from Stanstead to Londonderry . Our hotel was next to river Foyle , with a great view of the other side of the river. ย It is the only remaining complete walled city in Ireland and one of the finest example of a walled city in Europe. Our first stop was walking over city walls.ย The Walls areย approximately 1 mileย (1.6 km) in circumference and which vary in height and width between 3.7 andย 10.7 metresย (12 and 35 feet), are completely intact. There are 7 gates out of which…
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Seahouses – Puffin trip

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง We arrived Seahouses in the afternoon. We were staying in The Olde School house. The weather was very nice . Latter in the afternoon we went for a stroll along the coast. This is basically a large village. There are some of the best fish & chips are available here. Next day we went for all day bird watching trip to Staple Island and Inner Frane. It was breeding season ,the tour departed Seahouses harbor in the morning. We spent around 2 hours ย at Staple Island. We had to pay a…
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Swansea ,Mumbles and Gower

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟย ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ We started early on Sunday. This was our first trip with the little one so I planned to take it easy. We reached Swansea around 12.30. It was a long walk of 2 mile to our hotel, South View Guest house. Though three adults and one child were supposed to fit comfortably , the room was really small and one double bed and another single bed were somehow cramped in. I did not realize that bathroom was shared either. The day was cloudy and windy with light rain at times. Others…
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Sunday walk to Lavender Farm

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งย ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง This was my first meetup. We met at Clapham Junction and then took a train toย Chipstead village in Surrey via Croydon. ย We walked around 14 miles through lovely landscape of Surrey . The Lavender farm itself is in Banstead. It is a family run business named Mayfield Lavender. Weather was perfect and it was a very nice day out.  
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