Fishing is free anywhere along the tidal Thames from Teddington Lock to the sea. Catch freshwater and sea fish, ranging from roach, pike and perch to bream and flounder. Choose your spot carefully and watch the tide. A friend of mine is a passionate angler, and swears Thames carp fishing is some of the best to be had anywhere. You'll need a rod and line licence, available online or through the post office.
Licence: 1 day £3.75 (or £8 for salmon and sea trout)
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This is a small, but perfectly formed little diner in the heart of student central. The decor is "interesting" and the welcome is friendly. While not top end food the menu includes some of the most authentic Korean food I've had outside of Seoul. Try the brown rice tea. A cracker !
It's a fab B&B that is a traditional country cottage on the outside and funky design statement on the inside. The food is astounding and there's a hot tub in the completely private garden. Try a champagne bath in the amazing bathroom! A secret hideaway that is just amazing.
Pond Cottage, Selling Road, Old Wives Lees, Canterbury, Kent CT4 8BD
+44 (0)7705 424070
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Has a great view, sits up a hill - it's the Cotwolds bar you were looking for and does an inclusive (with accommodation) English breakfast. I slept from midnight to 9.30am.
It's run by a couple trying to make a go of it who bought it eight months ago.)
Superb intimate family run hotel. Run by Martin and Anne, the hotel is full of memorabilia of the past including hunting and horse racing.
Luxurious accommodation and superb dinners and breakfasts. The cooking combines the precision of nouvelle cuisine with the extravagance of Yorkshire hospitality.
A really romantic converted hayloft tucked away gite-style in the garden of the owners' home. Full of character coupled with modern comforts and lots of lovely little touches like an iPod dock, plenty of films on DVD to watch after a hard days' sightseeing and complimentary dressing gowns. We got a bottle of wine when we arrived together with home made muffins, and fruit. Torquay is an ideal holiday spot with endless places to visit, but it wouldn't have been the same without retiring back to Windchimes afterwards. Lovely hosts. We couldn't have asked for more.
It's been recommended by many and we've been meaning to go for ages. Thankfully my wife treated me on my first Father's Day. Excellent choice. We had a fantastic Sunday Roast with the best horse raddish I've ever had. Complimented the equally good beef and yorkshire. Owner and staff all really friendly and helpful, especially with our 10-month old!
If you are ever passing or in the area this is a must do, not just for the food, but to sample the decor and ambiance. Real relaxed feel and you certainly go away chilled. Next time we'll be looking to give the outside garden a go as the seating area looks great. Fingers crossed for some good sunny weather.
We had an outstanding week's wildlife watching with Speyside Wildlife - it's not cheap, but it's worth every penny. Everything's included, and the accommodation in the Steading in Glenfeshie is really comfortable (and surrounded by wildlife), the food is lovely and the professional guides really know their subject. We saw much more than we would have done on our own - pine marten, red squirrel, badger, dolphin, osprey, crested tit, corncrake, dotterel and many other species. Also learnt a lot about plants and butterflies.
They also run holidays abroad and we're hoping to go to Spain with them next year.
Even when the castle buildings are closed to the public during the winter months Knaresborough castle is still worth a stroll around if only for the views of its famous railway viaduct and river Nidd gorge with Knaresborough perched on its cliff high above the Nidd.
A source of free drinking water and a historical reference to Ripley's history all in one.
Ripley's parish church is quiet with noteworthy features inside it. However the musket ball holes in the walls around the church graveyard are particularly sobering. The graveyard has a good view of Ripley lake
Ripley Castle is set in a beautiful landscape with its own lake and waterfall. For the best view of the castle take the path signposted for the deer park, walk past Eel tower and pause at the bridge over the waterfall to admire the castle in its all glory as it is reflected in the lake's water. The friendly tour guides provide a thorough guided tour of the castle itself sharing stories about its bloody English civil war connections. The gardens are well tended, colourful and child friendly.
This small but very informative museum is well worth a visit as it teaches you lot about Filey's vital fishing and tourism heritage. The museum volunteers are really friendly and will happily explain about the wide range of exhibits and more. There is a £2.50 entry fee
Filey Brigg is the most famous feature of Filey. A must do is to walk from Filey sands to the very tip of Filey Brigg and have the sea all around you splashing in your face - it is really exhilarating. But this is a dangerous walk as you can only do it at low tide and you MUST get off the brigg at least two hours BEFORE high tide to avoid being trapped on the brigg. It is wise to check the tide times before you set off. The times of the tides on each day are clearly posted around Filey sands.
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The walk up on Carr Naze above Filey Bay has the best views of the bay and Bempton cliffs. On a good clear day you can see right across to Scarborough and its castle on the west side of the naze. Be careful though as the soft clay cliffs around Carr Naze are prone to erosion and landslides.
A must is following the narrow path to its end where you can admire the tip of Filey Brigg from a high and safer viewpoint
Carr Naze is part of Filey Brigg Country Park
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This twelfth century church is Filey's oldest building and a truly charming hidden charm of the town. Well worth a visit on the walk between Filey train station and Filey Brigg Country Park as it has examples of the main features of Norman architecture.
5 Belle Vue Crescent, Filey, YO14 9AD
This tranquil open space on the outskirts of Filey has the most encompassing views stretching from Filey Bay, Filey itself to Bempton cliffs and Flamborough Head. It is free entry so go early to avoid the tourist crowds and to appreciate the view fully.
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They are based online but are currently doing some pop up shows. It's great a local gallery is looking for new and up and coming artists and not only that what they sell is pretty damn cool. Their framing is second to none and to be fair I dont know of anything or one like them in the Midlands.
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