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Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

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Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

Fuchsia and Argyle Mike have put me on to so excellent stuff. I've been considering some revamps (weighing options). An emerging possibility would involve holding off one leg (Scotland) of our upcoming two month fall trip for another visit, saving much drive time and opening two more convenient access weeks in the process. Limiting drive times means more to enjoy proximately.

I'm now looking to possibly working in Shropshire and Lincolnshire/Peak District/Stamford as alternatives for a week each. I've been aggressively reading about them for two days on my own from many sources but would love TA input on these two areas, especially in terms of our primary focus: "unspoiled... and less traveled... charming "villages and related sites.

These new ideas you've proffered also give us a bonus in potentially biting off snippets of Wales and East Anglia beyond our week each in those areas. I look forward to further enlightenment, especially in these areas (and any other sectors in our eight areas over two plus months

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1. Re: Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

There are certainly several lovely villages near Stamford and Rutland. Many have nice pubs, and there are footpaths all over the place if you want to walk and get away from cars for a bit. I think walking off road gives you a very different perspective from sitting in the car. I'm not sure what question you're asking as you say you've done 2 days reading yourself already - so ask again for specific questions.

Where I live, round Oakham, it looks a bit like this:

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I could list a number of villages you might like to walk round (or hire a bike and cycle if energetic). Off the top of my head: Exton (nice pub with garden).. could walk round the peninsula of Rutland water maybe.. Market Overton .. good pub.. Lyddington (2 pubs & Lyddington Bede house open to public).. Ketton, Barrowden (own brew pub here!).

http://www.discover-rutland.co.uk/

The Peak district is lovely.. it can be busy.. certainly more travelled than Rutland, but it's not usually a problem. Parts of Lincolnshire are basically flat and boring.. though not all of it.

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2. Re: Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

Martin: Ta! wonderful stuff-I took a look at each village and your pictures~ have skied Rutland area in Vermont, New England for over thirty years. No wonder it took its name from such a special village in England. Fine pub tips were a welcome bonus We'll look into it all if we get to the area for a new week's tour (thinking a good chance).

Edited: 29 July 2014, 19:30
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I spent five days walking in Shropshire in June and I found the landscapes almost unbearably beautiful--not just the more dramatic parts like the Stiperstones ridge, but just the impossibly green hills, the meadows full of sheep and buttercups, the fine trees and quiet streams. If you do go through the area it would be a pity not to get out and walk at least a bit.

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4. Re: Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

Preglad - you know my views already, so just pm me if you need further advice. Am off to Bishops Castle (sadly just for a night) next week, so let me know if you need any updates.

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5. Re: Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

will happily do so, Mikey--Any others care to spice these two shire pots a bit?

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Shropshire, I agree is gorgeous. I can't remember if it was you who asked about gardens (sorry if it wasn't) - if you do go then Powis Castle is good - the setting of the house is lovely (the garden I'd rank much more than the house). It isn't in Shropshire, but just a few miles over the border - National Trust (again IIRC you were looking at this).

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle/

The NT also has large area of countryside outside Church Stretton that is one of many good areas for walking.

nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and…

The Peak District is one of the most visited UK national parks - partly because of its situation between major urban areas, making some areas busy particularly at weekends and bank holidays. Even so there are plenty of areas that won't be crowded out at such times. There are two different rocks underlying the area giving rise to the northern Dark Peak (millstone grit) and southern White Peak (limestone) so offering varied scenery within the park area. Again the National Trust have areas of countryside in the park (Longshaw in the north, Dovedale & Ilam in the south for example). The main historic houses in the area are not NT - Chatsworth is known as the "palace of the Peak" - huge house with grand interiors, art & sculpture collections; magnificent large gardens and a huge park - it can easily occupy most of a day if you get decent weather. There are other stately homes in the area, eg Haddon Hall, too. There's plenty of walking whether you want a gentle stroll or something very much more strenuous.

http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/

and

http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/

are the two sites for the national park.

I also like the Rutland area & its surrounds - Martin C as a local has much more to suggest than I can there.

Have we spoilt you for choice yet? It's good you're taking the time to consider so many different areas - there is much on offer!

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7. Re: Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

Cheres,

I took copious notes.Some great stuff here (along with Mikey) and thanks to VN- It is my experience from studying options for cottages in the UK, that although the National Trust Card is wonderful, when it comes to cottages, excellent as they tend so often to be, for the price, there are similarly numerous private alternatives in fine settings at a significantly lower cost.

Edited: 30 July 2014, 15:00
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preglad ~

The A49 between Shrewsbury and Hereford--a distance of only 55 miles or so, but worth days of exploration--will take you to & through a plethora of delightful villages, small towns, and Housman's "blue remembered hills":

Into my heart on air that kills

From yon far country blows:

What are those blue remembered hills,

What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,

I see it shining plain,

The happy highways where I went

And cannot come again.

Some highlights en route along that happy highway known as the A49, from north to south: Shrewsbury; Church Stretton (& the Carding Mill Valley as well as Caer Caradoc -- great walking country); Little Stretton; Stokesay Castle; Ludlow; Leominster; Hereford.

Off to the west along the A489 (from the A49 just north of Craven Arms): the aforementioned (by argyle_mikey) Bishops Castle.

Not on the A49, but certainly worth a slight detour along the A458 heading southeast from Shrewsbury: Much Wenlock and Bridgenorth.

And, throughout the county, numerous other places only half-remembered at the moment.

Going onward from Hereford--not in Shropshire, but still that territory that is not quite England and not quite Wales, known as The Marches: Hay-on-Wye (west of Hereford); Ross on Wye, the Golden Valley, Ledbury.(& Eastnor Castle), the Malverns...

________

As for Lincolnshire: I seem to recall reading, years ago, that although it's one of the largest, if not the largest, county in England, it's the least visited (by whom?), possibly because most of it isn't on the way to anywhere. Lincoln—a “city” simply by virtue of its magnificent cathedral (a “must see”--how I detest that term!--along the Ely-Lincoln-York-Durham cathedral trail) and Stamford are the only towns in the county with which I'm familiar. Otherwise, as far as I'm aware (which isn't much), the county is comprised largely of wolds (not quite of the Cots variety) and farmland. I'd wager that He Who Must Not Be Names (aka Rick Steves) doesn't recommend that you visit the county--which might be a prime reason why you should!

In any case, a stop at Stamford would be well worth your while. And if one were to rank the great historic houses of England (a somewhat fruitless but fun task), Burghley House (a short and pleasant stroll from Stamford) would be near the top of the list, in the Blenheim-and-Castle Howard tier.

http://www.burghley.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burghley_House

I'll end here for now, and hope you find this helpful.

Cheers,

J.A.

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9. Re: Help: Shropshire & Lincolnshire: shedding light on gems

some wonderful bits jack--I've got them-thanks

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preglad ~

For further reading:

tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g186365-Shropshire_E…

www.virtual-shropshire.co.uk/index.shtml

http://wikitravel.org/en/Shropshire

www.picturesofengland.com/England/Shropshire

http://www.churchstretton.co.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Stretton

english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/…

http://www.castlewales.com/stokesay.html

http://www.ludlow.org.uk/

http://www.bishopscastle.co.uk/tourism/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishop%27s_Castle

http://www.muchwenlockguide.info/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Much_Wenlock

http://www.visitbridgnorth.co.uk/

http://www.vagavalley.co.uk/goldenvalley.htm

…wikipedia.org/wiki/…_Herefordshire

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledbury

http://visitthemalverns.org/home

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvern_Hills

There--aren't you glad you asked? And aren't you glad you've got plenty of time to plan?

Cheers,

J.A.

PS. There will be an exam at the end of term!