The wonderful, surprising, simply amazing city of Liverpool

We had headed north specifically to visit Liverpool as we had heard so much about it, and none of it bad.

We stayed on a handy site on The Wirral, Arrowe Brook Farm, which was close enough to public transport links for those without any transport, but we drove to a nearby train station, Hoylake, to park for free and pay a total of £4.90 to take the train into the city..

Alighting at James Street it was just a 5 minute walk to Albert Dock where there is so much going on!  There has been a wonderful rejuvenation of this area, including areas in the dock for houseboats & barges and, of course, numerous eateries and bars arrayed around the dock itself.  (Whilst waiting for our bus tour we had a quick drink and cake in Puffle Waffle in 1 of the old dock buildings).

Here, you will also find all the bus tours of the city (we opted for the 2 hour Beatles and City tour – more of that later), Continue reading “The wonderful, surprising, simply amazing city of Liverpool”

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Chester – Blue Plaque Heaven :)

Finding ourselves with a few extra days away and unable to book into the same site on The Wirral we found an amazing site in Caerwys, North Wales (White Gates – click for my review).  What an amazing find!  Not just the site itself either – the town is full of history too (and we also liked The Royal Oak – just saying…)

It’s also not too far from Chester – probably 30-40 mins drive.  We did drive into the town centre initially but gave up on finding that it would cost £7.80 to park for 3 hours.  So we headed back out to one of the Park and Rides (as we had been advised before we even left home…) and made our way in from there (on the bus of course).

Our first view on getting off the bus was the city walls crossing the street with an ornate clock atop the bridge.  Very impressive 🙂

Chester August 2018 (12)
Chester City Walls

We also noticed a number of stalls lining the streets as we walked towards the centre.  We had chosen Chester Pride day to visit!  Continue reading “Chester – Blue Plaque Heaven :)”

New Discovery – Sustrans website for cycle routes in the UK

This is slightly different to my normal posts but I just had to share!

I am just sat here doing a bit of research on our next destination, Rye in East Sussex (which looks rather special I have to say).

Having found out about the main attractions I went in search of cycle paths, and stumbled across the Sustrans website.  This gives you the means to find ANY cycle path in the UK – it will get some heavy use from us for the rest of the year.  I wish I’d found something like this for Spain – if anyone knows if such a thing exists please let me know..

We have had a wonderful time catching up with family and friends, even if it has been a little stressful having to work to a schedule!  We now have 3 more days before leaving for Rye – all of them busy.

Having looked at what’s on offer in Rye and it’s surrounding area we are very much looking forward to the start of the next bit of our adventure, and also, of course, to telling you all about Rye and the campsite we’ve found 🙂

BTW – did you notice that we’d brought the sun back with us?  Just saying….!

(Picture credit – Flickr)