And so I am heading to england.

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
#1
And so I am heading to England, for the first time in Europe.

It will be my wife's grandma's 80th birthday, she is one of 7 kids, had 8 of her own, who in turn had 21, plus 12.

In all they have 175 RSVP s from just the family. Including the American branch,(6 showing up) (my wife's mother is a British national) we a will be spend most the time in Lancashire, where will nightly descend on the pubs like locusts.

But, I have two days to myse of to do with what I want. So now the debate is on, what to do. Scotland, Wales, London, isle of man, or turn it into work and have my malt vendor show me around maltsters and the best of breweries.

Suggestions. Please

(Ohh going the the lake district is covered the week following)
 

TomTB

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#2
Hebden Bridge is nice for a day visit. Very quaint. Been there a few times, and it's not too far from where you'll be.
 

TomTB

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#3
What time of year are you coming? Everywhere in the UK is nicer in the summer :)
 

Bierschneeman

Journeyed there and back again
#6
North Yorks moors, then - they'll be purple if you time it right. And they're on the correct side of the Pennines. ;-)

Plus, York is lovely at any time if year - especially if you like history. And I have a soft spot for the three northern castles: Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Alnwick.
Awesome.
I'm adding it to the list...though we will miss the purple, I'm showing up later in the year than (Aug sep)

What you think about this trail ?
http://www.britainexpress.com/countryside/national-trails/cleveland-way.htm
 

Nuomer1

Journeyed there and back again
#9
North Yorks moors, then - they'll be purple if you time it right. And they're on the correct side of the Pennines. ;-)

Plus, York is lovely at any time if year - especially if you like history. And I have a soft spot for the three northern castles: Dunstanburgh, Bamburgh and Alnwick.
Second all those suggestions! York is indeed lovely, but the cathedral charges admission (if you are not a pilgrim or some such) and parking is no fun at all! In fact driving round York is no fun, and if you do it at a busy time, it is several hours of no fun! Use the Park&Ride.
If thinking about touristy outdoorsy stuff in the North York Moors area, don't miss the railway - check timetables, but often steam-hauled. Walk one way, train the other.
Further north - Durham and Northumberland, if you have time to get that far.
The northern castles are also good - but Bamburgh is only occasionally open (large parts of it are private residences). If you are in that area and into castles, include Warkworth. Lindisfarne is a bit specialised - small, and very much re-worked by the Victorians (Edward Lutyens). If you are going that way and want cathedrals, do Durham! Top cathedral, better than York! If just doing quiet little Northumbrian villages, base yourself near Alnwick and plan to visit Rothbury (not much there except Cragside and an enormous sense of tranquility) and Alnmouth (little coastal village, amazing arts weekend but you miss that, its at Summer Solstice). If the tide is right, plan to walk 2.5 miles up the beach to Boulmer for a pub lunch.