Page 3 of Whiskers Travel Blog Posts

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland » Blyth August 7th 2016

We wondered whether sleeping above a pub might mean a disturbed night’s sleep but how wrong we were. We arose fresh and ready to go chasing a spot somewhere between Hexham in the east and Carlisle in the west to watch the Flying Scotsman go by on its run from Leeds to Carlisle. First though we have another full English breakfast ahead of us. We could have gone for just some cereal but the knowledge that if we leave here with full stomachs we won’t need to stop anywhere for lunch and breakfast should get us through until dinnertime. We were downstairs just after the prescribed breakfast time of 8.30am and it was all that we expected and really it is pretty hard to resist black pudding for breakfast, well at least for me! We had ... read more
The Yorkshire Dales
Quarry on the Dales
Parade of farm tractors on the A6

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire » Ingleton August 6th 2016

Another lovely Yorkshire morning and I think I might even get into shorts today and discard the sweat top for our drive up into the Yorkshire Dales. On our last trip, the BBA V2 in 2013, we had hoped we could have made contact with my third cousin, Morag, of the Sturrock family living in Yorkshire but time and events counted against us. In the meantime I had become ‘friends ‘with her daughter Michele on Facebook and it was through a message from her that we learnt of Morag’s passing earlier this year just a few months before we were due in England. However, today we will meet up with Michele and her husband Andy and a further connection in my family tree will be made in person. With 2 suitcases full of clean clothes after ... read more
Man at the tiller
Day trippers buses at Skipton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds August 5th 2016

The wind of yesterday when we were travelling has died away and the day has dawned looking very promising to be out and about. After breakfast Gretchen got the washing done and hung out on the clothes line to take advantage of the sunny weather. She was sure it would be nicely dry by the time we got back from a trip out in the countryside that Rhona was about to take us on. We drove up to the Chevin Ridge, the highest point around the Leeds area at 282 metres above sea level, and stopped at the lookout known as Surprise View. Rhona said that on a clear day you can see York Minster away to the east. However, today, although it was fine there was a haze that meant that anything that far away ... read more
The Yorkshire countryside,just lovely
Otley at the foot of the Chevin Ridge
Well maintained red British telephone boxes,Otley.Plus Gretchen and cousin Rhona

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Yorkshire » Leeds August 4th 2016

After such a large dinner last night it really doesn’t seem right this morning to be going down to the dining room for a full English breakfast. Thank goodness they spread the breakfast time out from between 8.30am and 10am.We are going to leave it until after 9am before going down for breakfast this morning to give more time for last night’s dinner to be digested. The full English was just that with black pudding, baked beans etc etc, the works!Very tasty but filling. We certainly won’t need much for lunch today if anything at all. My cousin Rhona lives in Pudsey which is located between Leeds and Bradford and we will try and get to her more suburban location by skirting the other large town of Huddersfield which lies just off the M62. The upper ... read more
The George Hotel,Hayfield
The hills just fold into each other,Peak District
The High Peaks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Derbyshire » Hayfield August 3rd 2016

We didn’t have a big distance to cover today so we could afford a leisurely breakfast and then as we haven’t had time to visit the birds in the Raptor Centre we have been staying at we are going to take advantage of free entry because we have stayed at the accommodation. With the car packed and the centre opened at 10am we took a walk around amongst the birds which included some that are housed outdoors on tethers attached to stakes in the ground. The first animals you see though are not birds but meerkats, three of them. It could be very hard not to go any further as watching these playful animals can be a time consuming affair. Next to the meerkats is a room of display cabinets containing snakes and reptiles including an ... read more
A Falcon
Bald Eagle
Gretchen with an Australian Boobock

Europe August 2nd 2016

Our studio at the Falcons Nest is very well appointed and is like a small apartment but with everything except the shower/toilet in one room. We are back to the usual breakfast of muesli, fruit and yogurt and of course toast with spreads which is much welcomed after the Tesco croissants the remaining of which will be given the heave ho. We have planned a leisurely day with a self guided walking tour of the main sights of Cambridge which seem to be contained within a relatively small area. So a bit of breakfast television with our muesli and toast was in order and we got hooked for half an hour on Judge Judy on the CBS Reality channel. We have never been convinced that the people that appear before Judge Judy on all sorts of ... read more
History is all around us,Cambridge
Keep off the grass!,Cambridge
Trinity Street,Cambridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire » Huntingdon August 1st 2016

The BBA V3 heads north today and into Cambridgeshire. This is going to mean driving the M2 to take us under the Thames River and then onto the great circle road around London the M25 for a short distance before the direction will be northerly. It has been pleasantly surprising just how quiet our room in the Days Inn in the M20 rest area has been with traffic coming and going .The curtains in the room have very effectively kept the light out until we were ready to face the day. The Tesco croissants we had yesterday were still OK but we miss the toast and jam and it will nice to have our own catering facilities back again tonight. We had that feeling as we entered the M20 at the on ramp from the rest ... read more
Waiting out turn for the Dartford Tunnel.Note the Queen Elizabeth bridge in the background built to ease congestion
We are off.Note the dangerous goods trucks lined up to the left waiting escort
Free flow traffic in the tunnel

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Margate July 31st 2016

It looks like we will have a dry day ahead for our ‘tiki tour ‘around Kent and perhaps even some sunshine as the day progresses. Despite the rest area where the Days Inn is located being busy we had a great night’s sleep and no noise at all from the place that goes 24/7. We haven’t bought another toaster after leaving the one we had in Europe at our last stay before we headed to Ireland. So this morning there is none of the traditional toast and jam rather Tesco croissants which while they were OK and filling didn’t have that ‘buttery ‘taste of the ones we enjoyed in France. We headed off down the M20 towards Ashford and took a stop in at the shopping mall. The locals in England haven’t really taken to Sunday ... read more
Tourist area near Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh statues at the main entrance to the Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Maidstone July 30th 2016

The English summer has disappeared on us and it looks like we will have a drive today that will have some rain in the mix. Never mind we wouldn’t really want to change what has been just an OK summer for the BBA V3. After breakfast we sorted out a place to have a family photo with Jean and Stella and then we were on our way to Maidstone in Kent. It has been a lovely two days staying with them and for us we have had someone other than each other to talk to. Although the horizon was a bit hazy we took a stop at the parking area we had passed by a couple of times yesterday just to take in what the multitudes of passengers in their cars were looking at. The view ... read more
Thatched roof house,Southwick
The Golden Lion,Southwick
Naval radar training facility,Portsmouth

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire July 29th 2016

We weren’t too sure what Jean and Stella have planned for us today but the weather doesn’t look too bad for some sightseeing in the Portsmouth area. Breakfast done and we are off to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and with Stella driving we can sit back and be passengers. Like most large cities Portsmouth can be a problem to find a car park handy to where you are going so we travelled down to the Park and Ride and took a double decker bus down to the harbour where the bus stopped almost right outside the entrance. Portsmouth has had a long association of over 800 years with the Royal Navy although the days of the Navy needing all of the port for its facilities have passed and what they don’t need has been developed into ... read more
HMS Warrior,the first ironclad ship in the Royal Navy
The Boathouse
Queen Victoria's launch

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