What we learnt about the UK in 2017 – Part 1

We spent less time travelling around the UK than originally expected, and didn’t get anywhere near as far around the country as we thought we would.

We set off at the beginning of April and the weather finally beat us at the end of October.  We arrived home on 23rd October, a few weeks before we were hoping.

Instead of making our way around the whole of the UK and spending a couple of months in Scotland, we explored the east coast fully, and just made it into Scotland (the furthest north we got was Dunbar, just east of Edinburgh) before we started making our way home via the Lake District and Blackpool.  In this time we also had a week in Ibiza for a family wedding (and what a wonderful week it was too!),  and a couple of weeks, in total, staying near home to catch up with family and friends.  Meaning that our actual time on the road in the UK was 25 weeks (including a diversion to Cornwall).

Obviously we already knew rather more about the UK than about France, Spain or Portugal, but we did learn new things on our way around the country 🙂

So here goes! Continue reading “What we learnt about the UK in 2017 – Part 1”


A few days near Maldon, Essex

We’d made a couple of bookings to cover the half-term holidays.  The 1st of these brought us to the village of Tolleshunt D’arcy, just to the east of Maldon, and the D’Arcy Equestrian Camping & Caravanning certificated site. (See my review here).

On Saturday afternoon (the day after we arrived) we headed back to Maldon just to have a little look around. We parked outside of town and walked in along the river.  Once on the main street we found a little café down a side street – if we’d waited we would have found a far nicer (but busier) one a little further on down a quaint little lane.  (Mrs ….. Famous Tea Rooms…. sorry, I should have taken more notice 😦 )

A little further along we came across ‘The Moot Hall’ a narrow building steeped in history, but originally built as a family home in the 15th century.  We were a little too early for the tour, which started at 3.30pm, so we missed out on that one, but the leaflet we were given looked very interesting and the lady manning the hall gave us a fair bit of information.

20170527_151357We then passed the church and found ‘The Blue Boar’ , a 14th Century inn currently undergoing much refurbishment.  Continue reading “A few days near Maldon, Essex”

Discovering Winchelsea & the Enchanting Scotney Castle

Wednesday started as a quiet, do nothing kind of day.  By the time we’d had our lunch though we were getting restless, so we decided to go for a cycle ride around Rye Harbour.


This was, sort of, a success…  We lost each other when Calv went off ahead and I couldn’t see what way he’d gone!  Never mind we found each other eventually and I still did 8 miles (and took the photo above – we spent the ride trying to stay ahead of the black raincloud!)

Before getting back in the car we popped into the bar of the Rye Harbour Holiday Park for a cuppa (coffee for Calv and hot chocolate for me), where we chatted with the bar manager who gave us some local snippets about Winchelsea Beach and Winchelsea itself.  Winchelsea is often referred to as the smallest town in England, as it has a school, shop, church, town hall and mayor (although it seems this is purely a ceremonial post).

Armed with this new information we headed for Winchelsea to explore further. Continue reading “Discovering Winchelsea & the Enchanting Scotney Castle”