I am planning to go to England mid December and return late January. Being winter I realize many places will be closed and it will probably be cold and wet but I accept that with my timing. I have a week planned in London and week with a hire car in Cornwall/Devon, dates are still open. As I will still have about 4 weeks to travel I am open to suggestions of places to go. I am interested in history- particularly working or reconstructed villages, walking, small villages and would dearly love to try out a canal boat for a few day. I fear the latter will be cost and physically prohibitive for a single traveller. I also want to follow a tow path and sit at a pub. All those corny things we see on TV. I am a female travelling alone and will use public transport or if necessary, hire a car. Any suggestions for trips anywhere in UK at this time of year will be gratefully accepted.