Slow Sunday at Chatsworth

Parking at Edensor (pronounced En-saw for some reason) is something of a tradition for us when visiting the Chatsworth estate (not the Shameless one).  A short walk over the hillside delivers the best view of the big house over the bridge.  The cleaned and gilded facades probably look better now than they have at any…

Coast and Castles – Newcastle to Edinburgh

Day 1 – Newcastle to Alnwick.  We started at the station in Newcastle on a fine May day. Fortunately, it was a Bank Holiday weekend in England (but not in Scotland) and we got incredible weather. The scenery on this ride made it an absolute pleasure. We stopped at the uber-trendy café at Longsands in…

C2C from Whitehaven to Sunderland in Three Days

Day 1 –  Whitehaven to Keswick. Whitehaven is as windblown as any other English seaside town.  Wild waves smash against the breakwater in the outer harbour but an official starting point can be found on the boat ramp at the end of the white wiggly structure (see photograph). Quickly inland the path takes you winding…