I put the following question in the general UK forum yesterday, but it got buried so quickly no-one picked it up. Here goes again-
"I am making my fourth visit to England shortly as part of an around the world trip, arriving Manchester airport April the 16th and leaving from London LHR the 29th, so am spending 12 full days in the country between those dates. I am starting off with a short return visit with distant relatives near Skipton that have become good friends over the years, then the more-or-less settled plan is to take the train to Carlisle, a bus to Newcastle, stopping off on the way at various historic sites along Hadrian’s Wall. From Newcastle I think I will come down the eastern side calling in at Whitby (because of the James Cook – Australia connection), then perhaps Ely. I think to spend at least 3 full days in London before flying off to Dublin.
From my study it seems that because of the short individual journeys I am planning a Britrail Pass would not be the most economic.
I would welcome some input from UK residents or recent visitors about this plan, with perhaps some suggestions as to how best to go about it. This could include your ideas on places, clean but cheaper and convenient hotels or guest houses, best modes of travel between the various points of interest, and so on. I look forward to any responses and all ideas will be looked at."