Ironbridge

Our Hotel

Another new venue for us this year was Ironbridge.  We stayed at Madeley Court Hotel – a 16th Century Manor House, and explored the “Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution”. 

On our first day we went though Stirchley, Dawley, and Hinkshay to Telford

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The next day we went on a circular walk around Ironbridge

Group outside the Tontine Hotel

where we enjoyed exploring old bridges

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and much more.  On our final day we went to Ironbridge and Buildwas

Over bridge

where, in the exceptionally hot weather, Mel and Gillian managed to find tree lined walks to keep us cool.

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Levisham

Levisham
We stayed at the lovely Horseshoe Inn in Levisham, in the North York Moors National Park.

Our first walk was to the Hole of Horcum
Our route up
According to Wikipedia, it’s an amphitheatre made by a giant, who scooped up a large ball of earth and tossed it aside to create a nearby hill!

The next morning we did a walk to Levisham Station
Waiting for a train
to get a train to Pickering and walk back.  Unfortunately the train didn’t arrive, so we walked back to Levisham and did a different walk around Levisham:
On the bridge
where we explored old churches, woods and valleys.

On our final day we visited the Bridestones:
Enjoying the viewand enjoyed the amazing views.

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Studley Castle

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Another new location for us, and we’ve stayed in another castle!

Our first walk was from AlcesterImage

to an attractive village called Wixford:Image

Our next walk we went through the fields

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to Henley in Arden, where some of our party headed straight for the ice-cream shop!

On the final day we had another pleasant walk

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to Coughton Court, and back to Studley CastleImage

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York

Along the walls

For this holiday we visited the historic city of York and nearby places.

On our first day we visited Boston Spa

Bridge over River Wharfe

where we enjoyed walking along the River Wharf.

The next day we walked from the delightful village of Bishopthorpe along the River Ouse to York, where we explored the city walls and the historic city

The Shambles

before returning past Terry’s old factory and York racecourse.

On our final day we walked through the lovely village of Ledsham

Approaching Ledsham

to the nature reserve of Fairburn Ings

At Fairburn Ings

where we saw all sorts of birds, butterflies and wild flowers, before another great lunch in Ledsham and a pleasant walk back.

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Walworth Castle

Walworth Castle

This was a new location for us, and we stayed in Walworth Castle (near Darlington) in County Durham.

Our first walk was to Piercebridge

Piercebridge Roman Fort

where we enjoyed exploring the Roman Fort.

The next day we went to Barnard Castle

The Butter Market

where we walked around the castle and to Cotherstone and back along the Tees:

Down to the River Tees

On our final day we returned to Piercebridge

Walking in Piercebridge

and walked via Summerhouse to Gainford

The Cross Keys

 

and back along the river.

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Conwy 2012

The Great Orme

Our walking holiday around Conwy always offers spectacular views of the North Wales coast.  We go at this time of the year as it’s even better with the gorse and heather in flower.

Our first walk was around the Druid’s Circle:

The Druid's Circle

with a walk back along the coast:

Gorse and heather

and views of Conwy Mountain:

Conwy Mountain

which was our route on the second day, when we did a circular walk to Conwy:

Above Conwy

On our final day we had a walk up and around the Great Orme:

On top of the Great Orme

and enjoyed great views of Llandudno.
View of Llandudno pier

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Thwaite

On top of Marrick Moor
Our holiday in Swaledale was slightly different this year, as we had some snow!
We stayed at Kearton Country Hotel (where we had some excellent meals):
Kearton Country Hotel
and enjoyed the green fields for a few hours:
Looking back to Thwaite
before the snow arrived:
Walking towards Gunnerside
We had to alter our programme slightly (because of the weather), but still had a great time.

On the first day we went to Keld, the next day we visited Muker and Gunnerside:
Leaving Muker
and on the last day went to Arkengarthdale.

We had some great walks, and visited some great pubs:

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