A hamlet at the bottom of Skiddaw, near Keswick. Just a very nice place to walk, and there are rental cottages there. You can start the climb up Skiddaw there or just walk a little way up the fells. Also great views of two lakes
A fantastic venue in the centre of Kendal featuring music, theatre, dance and comedy events and 2 cinema screens as well as exhibitions, activities for kids, an atmospheric bar and a great restaurant. Their forthcoming Womens Arts Festival features an amazing line up of artsists that you wouldn't expect to see performing in a small market town in Cumbria.
Brewery Arts Centre
Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria
Tel: 01539 725133
A Lakeland institution and a top spot to drink in the stunning views as well as the local ale. You might need to book to eat in the restaurant, but the pub grub is top notch – I’d recommend the ploughman’s, stuffed full of local produce.
Barngates, Ambleside LA22 0NG
Tel: 01539 436 347
Friendly cafe in a converted woodmill in Staveley (between Kendal and Windermere). Good menu - I recommend the tasty veggie chilli and homemade cakes. There are also some tables outside, including some that overlook the river at the back.
Mill Yard, Staveley, LA8 9LR
Nearest station: Staveley
Between the villages of Coniston and Hawkshead, this sculpture forest is home to more than 70 treasures hidden in the woodland. There are several walking/cycling routes which snake through the trees and allow for arty pit stops and beautiful views over Coniston Water.
Very clean, able to park on the beach, so no long walks to & from the car, & no having to carry all your beach toys very far.
Good children's section, and lots of activities to do for all.
Weston-super-mare, Junction 21 M5, or Weston-super-mare train station
Just a couple of miles up the road from Ilfracombe is the small resort of Woolacombe. The most remarkable thing about it is its huge sandy beach with a warren of dunes behind it. Most people seem to crowd together at the town end, but if you're prepared to put in a little exercise you can have the pick of the mile or so of sand that stretches before you.
A view to brighten up even the dullest day. Great to run to in the early morning to free your mind. Stunning on a sunny day when chilling out on the grass with friends and family. Bracing on a wild and windy day. Strangely magical on a wet and blustery day! Always something to see, always something to do and plenty to think about. A great space to chill out in or to be active in.
PL1 2NZ - approximately
Vegetarian restaurant tucked away in the corner of the Custard Factory in Digbeth. Serves up big plates of tasty veggie fare, such as bean chilli and vegetable curries, for one price. Also serves nice fruit smoothies, organic teas and hot chocolate and divine homemade cakes.
Custard Factory, Digbeth
Really unusual bar, with a Gothic theme - almost like you are sat inside a haunted house. Lots of leather chairs, fireplaces and intimate booths. Serves tasty food too. Great place to escape the shopping crowds.
Underneath the Burlington Hotel, off New Street in the city centre.
The 10.5 circuit of the island is flat and easily achieved by the youngest of family members. It's an enjoyable day for the family, with plenty of beaches and tea, coffee and ice cream breaks available at Fintry Bay and Millport.
A short and regular ferry crossing from Largs.
Marmadukes Hotel is a great hotel in the city of York. My wife and I stayed there last summer and always recommend it to our friends whenever they visit. It used to be a Victorian gentleman’s town house and they have re-created it into a beautiful four-star hotel with handcrafted beds and Georgian and Victorian antique furnishings. Amazing service to boot. Perfect place to stay in York!
St Peters Grove
An antique shop now occupies this building, which actually comprises a house from c1450 at the front merged with the Victorian era hall.
It’s the 15th century part that captivates everyone however, being a marvellous example of Tudor architecture. It’s now restored to a mellow-looking sandy colouring rather than the black and white that most people associate with this type of building. Inside is just as appealing as out but be careful, you may end up buying an antique to remind you of your visit.
St Andrew Street
So called as it is surrounded by rivers that feed into the Lea just slightly to the east and you can’t get to it without crossing a bridge.
It’s a relatively tranquil spot with some pretty cottages and riverside views and is a good starting point for the walks over Hartham Common and the meads. Inevitably, there’s a pub too, the Old Barge.
From the town centre, take Bull Plain to reach the bridge.
My local and one I can't believe hasn't been mentioned before! A little gem in the heart of Snowdonia. Real dairy ice cream and fruit sorbets with over 30 national award wining varieties, so at least one favourite for everyone! I can't decide what my favourite is...I've tried most of them and love them all, the pistachio ice cream and the tangy lemon sorbet rank highly, especially in a crisp waffle cone. Go and try for yourself and see if you can keep away.
Beddgelert, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL554YB
What a beatiful walk - up a delightful valley and round over the top of a big hill with fabulous veiws of hills and valleys all around. A good walk which is strenuous without being at all dificult.
Nearest station Church Stretton
Acorn is a fantastic cafe. The food is made with love and dedication to the idea that food can be delicious and good for you. They do veggie and non veggie and both are good. Plus superb puddings which are yummy and rich without being over sweet.
We had a fantastic lunch there and then went for a tremendous walk on Long Mynd and decided to take a later train back so that we could sample the puddings with tea. There is also a garden to eat in.
Acorn Wholefood Cafe, 26 Sandford Avenue, Church Stretton, Shropshire, SY6 6BW. 01694 722495
De Grey's has had tea rooms for decades and that is lovely, but it also now has superb B&B rooms attached.
The room we stayed in was really comfortable and warm. The bathroom was really nice with fantastic shower.
The breakfasts were huge and delicious, both the pastries and the traditional English. It seems very good value - 3 star price, but feels more than that.
De Grey's, 5-6 Broad Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1NG. 01584 872764 www.degreys.co.uk
Although dark, smokey and always busy on a weekend this place is spot on. The music makes this place and the atmosphere just tops it off. It seems strange to go to a place and see everyone smiling! They have a good selection of beers and cocktails, some of the shooters that they do are really good so I'd recommend giving those a go. Bar staff friendly and know what they're doing.
But the eclectic music has a strange way of always making you dance. Beatles followed by some ska followed by elvis then some country, doesn't work you say? It does in Mojo.
PS - Make sure you check the map before you go here, as it's tucked down a dodgy looking backstreet!
19 Back Bridge St
Manchester, M3 2PB
Don't be fooled by the name, it's not actually a wine bar, it's more of a restaurant. Great selection of food and reasonable prices in a laid back atmosphere make it one of my fave restaurants in town. Try the pizzas they're ace, and I hear that the fried chicken (no it doesn't come in a bucket) is meant to be top notch.
You can just go in for a drink downstairs, try the cocktails - they’re lovely.
You can go early doors (5-7pm) and get a pizza for £6 and a bottle of wine for £10, bargain!
5-7 Chapel Walks
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