Mid-June 2013 and we headed to England for 2 weeks holiday.
We started with a stop in Leeds to visits Alan and Elaine. We had a walk round the excellent Temple Newsam gardens before dinner and a good natter.
Next day (Sunday) we drove from Leeds to Reedham in Norfolk, to visit Lesley and Steve (who are co-owners of the Humpty Dumpty brewery) and Catriona and Daniel. We had a few days in Reedham, activities included exploring the Norwich city (including tour of the castle), walking along the bank of the River Yare and lunch at the Berney Arms.
After Norfolk we headed (Thursday) to the metropolis of London to visit Maree and Kevin and Ben. On the way we stopped for lunch and a wander round the historic town of Saffron Waldon, which retains many house built in the medieval era. Activities in London included a day in town shopping (Morag only), a day at Greenwich at the excellent Visions of the Universe exhibition (Hubble photos and others) at the National Maritime Museum , and a day at Crystal Palace park including the brilliant model dinosaurs.
After London we headed north (Monday) to County Durham where we had booked a holiday cottage at East Briscoe Farm, we had West Cottage which was very comfortable and well kitted out. We did a bit of walking including a riverside (River Tees) and meadow walk from Cotherstone to Romaldkirk (map) along the west bank, then back to Cotherstone along the east bank.
Another day we drove to Middleton-on-Teesdale and did a circular walk, once again along the River Tees taking in the waterfalls of Low Force and High Force (we were told afterward that the water level is extremely low at the moment) and returning along a ridge overlooking the river and woods.
We also spent a day in the Bowes Museum were there are a variety of amazing collections of “stuff”. All-in-all, County Durham offers a huge array of walks and we’ll definitely visit there again, plus it doesn’t suffer the overcrowding that you get in say, the Lake District.
Two weeks after setting off we were home again.
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