Category Archives: Holidays

“Self-Guided Walking” holiday.

I put this on the end of my Industrial Heritage of Shropshire so as to make it a week away.  I wasn’t intending to do that much walking, but I did do more than several other people – who went out in their cars or stayed at the hotel, by the swimming pool! The first …

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Industrial Heritage Holiday III – Steam Trains

The third day of the holiday was spent on the Severn Valley Railway.  We had two extra people on this day – one who just loved steam trains and the other who had fallen when walking the previous day and hurt her knee and didn’t think that she would be able to do a walk, …

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Industrial Heritage Holiday II – Iron

The second day of the holiday was spent in Ironbridge.  We started with a quick visit to the museum of the Gorge, where there was an interesting model of how the gorge had been, with ironworks, mines, inclined planes, barges and roadways (with horses and carts – which in the model had no drivers!!).  It …

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Industrial Heritage Holiday I – Mines, canals & a mill

I had been looking at this holiday for about 3 years and managed to book it this year.  I think it was actually “Industrial Heritage of Shropshire” and was based at Church Stretton, Shropshire. On the evening of our arrival there was an introductory talk from the person leading the tour, but it was quite …

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Lichfield Reunion

This year our reunion was held in Lichfield and we stayed at The George Hotel – an old coaching inn. After we arrived we mostly converged on the bar area for pots of tea or drinks.  Dinner was then a walk away at the 1709 the Brasserie, where we had 3 tables to ourselves in an …

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“Walking and Sightseeing” on the Isle of Wight – Part 2

Day 4, Wednesday, was a day off so I had a slow start and then followed a walk I had picked up at the “Discovery Point” in the hotel.  It was an easy one and about three and a half miles.  From the hotel it went along the road for a short way and then …

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Go “Walking and Sightseeing” on the Isle of Wight – Part 1

Yet another holiday with hf holidays, this one on the Isle of Wight, staying at…… The walk on the Sunday was to….. …….which were not at their best as it was too early for the roses and for the herbaceous borders, although the bluebells were out.  The walk there was great, though.  First over the …

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Birthday in Bath

As I had several people who all wanted me to do different things on my birthday I decided to take myself to Bath.  I went on the train which is easiest, as the station is nearly in the centre of Bath.  I didn’t leave very early but the journey is only just under an hour.  …

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Another trip to the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth

Having bought a ticket for the dockyard which enabled me to go as often as I wanted for a year, when I felt like another day out I thought this would be a good idea.  I had the rest of “The Mary Rose” to look at and as it is inside it didn’t matter if …

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We meet again……

…….at…… Although we know our place and stayed in the apartments in…….. Initially everyone congregated in our apartment as we were there before Simon (this year’s organiser) and we had milk for cups of tea/coffee.  Also we were downstairs so easier to access and had no low beams to knock heads on. (Apologies to everyone, …

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