Hi there. I'm at the beginning stages of planning for my forthcoming trip to England and Scotland next April/ May 2009. I'll have about five weeks and at this stage, still resisting the urge to pop everything I read about into my plans!
I find what works for me is alternating a couple of overnighters with longer stays in the the one place, with a holiday from my holiday in the middle.
Basically at this stage I am looking for advise in 'joining the dots' and for places which would make a good home base for day trips etc.
I'll be by myself and tend to be a restless and busy traveller. I'm a bit nervous about doing hikes etc by myself but happy to explore by car. Seems the most obvious route is to hire a car and do a clockwise (or anti-clockwise) loop. But being by myself, is car hire cost-effective, or might I be better off to do some of the longer legs by train and hire a car for shorter periods from regional areas? I'm assuming it's cheaper if you hire for longer periods so that's one thing I'm trying to figure out.
The other thing is that I'll be there over Easter. How much is that public holidays in the UK or school holidays? Which parts are best avoided at that time? or anywhere that would be special? What about May Day? Is that celebrated anywhere?
Sorry to be a bit long-winded but this forum seems full of knowledgable, friendly and helpful people