Norfolk Broads 2012

A tranquil holiday cruising serenely along the Norfolk Broads. Well… not exactly! You could say we took to sailing like a duck to water, but we didn’t. While I was looking forward to the experience Jill was terrified. We started with a guided tour of the boat, and an instructor took us out on the river to show us the …

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Blacksmith’s Arms – Lastingham

The Blacksmith’s Arms is one of those ‘hidden gems’, it’s a pub in small village with a population of around 90 in the middle of the North York Moors. Having stayed in nearby Cropton a couple of times we’d heard the Blacksmith’s mentioned but never bothered to venture out to find it. On our last visit to Cropton though we …

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Cropton Beer Festival 2012

This was our second visit to the Cropton beer festival, the first one was entirely by accident. We had stayed at the New Inn on one occasion previously, and had decided to go back and spend a few days in the area to chill out and spend a while doing nothing much. We booked a short November break in a …

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Ludlow Spring Festival 2012

We saw an advert in our copy of What’s Brewing for a food and beer festival at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire; this combined several of my favourite things and the temptation was too great to resist. It turned out to be a brilliant weekend. As a CAMRA member I obviously love beer, but I also love my food, and have …

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Cotswolds 2011

Based in the Thatched Cottage, Chipping Campden in a very old little cottage just off the main road of Chipping Campden, we spent a week exploring the Cotswolds, visiting Stratford, Warwick Castle and Bourton on the Water. We’d intended to do a bit of cycling in the area, but found the cost of roof mounts and stuff far too expensive. …

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Les Houches 2010

We descended en masse into the Chamonix region of France, our destination a ‘ski in, ski out’ chalet in the village of Les Houches. Turned out to be more of a ‘climb out, fall in’ affair with more accidents there than on the piste! The main party arrived a week before, with more of us following a week later. We …

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