If you enjoy a pint or two after a long day’s hike, then pretty Cleobury Mortimer, nestling on the side of scenic Clee Hills, is the place for you! With plenty of inns and pubs, the town’s microbrewery, Hobson’s, has been quietly producing award-winning ale for a number of years. Indeed, their ‘twisted spire’ beer takes its name from the town’s most famous landmark – the crooked spire of the parish church that dominates the local skyline.
Archive for February, 2012
Close to Kingussie and around twelve miles south of Aviemore, Newtonmore is a picturesque resort centre serving the Cairngorm National Park. As with most places in the area, outdoor enthusiasts of all persuasions are drawn here to pursue their passion, whether mountain biking, rambling, angling or golf. It’s a fine place to soak up the sense of wide, open space and the big skies of this part of the world.
A pretty village, which has been welcoming visitors to the heart of the Snowdonia National Park for centuries, Beddgelert is a beautiful spot nestling between the Abeglasyn Pass and the Nant Gwynant valley. A great place to visit on a cottage holiday, the village has a small number of shops, hotels and eating places and an enviable location alongside the Glaslyn River, making it an ideal place to spend the day for short or longer rambles and a picnic. Many visitors enjoy the short walk along the river to Gelert’s grave (from which the village takes its name). Legend has it that the small shrine is the burial place of the faithful dog belonging to medieval Prince Llewelyn the Great.
On a cottage holiday, Dartmouth and Salcombe are well worth a visit.
A well-established yachting centre on the South Devon coast, Dartmouth is an attractive, colourful town with some interesting historic buildings and a lovely harbour area. The old market centre holds markets on Tuesdays and Saturdays and is otherwise a pleasing mix of high street stores and independent retailers selling local crafts and regional produce, and there are many excellent brasseries, pubs and restaurants catering for locals and the town’s many visitors, with some of these housed in buildings dating centuries back, in narrow, cobbled streets. Explore the narrow streets of Foss Hill, Browns Street and the Butterwalk, more than 300 years old. Dartmouth has a castle too, which is now under the protection of English Heritage and is a well-known visitor attraction.
So named with reference to the salt panning which was once the mainstay of the economy of this small Devon village, Budleigh Salterton today enjoys a tranquil existence in its lovely coastal position among picturesque rolling countryside in the heart of Devon’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The bay is a half moon sweep of large, smooth pebbles that gives way to a sandy stretch of beach just a short walk beyond the village at nearby Littleham Cove, and forms part of the region’s ancient Jurassic Coast, with its wonderful red rocks. The waters are clear and children will love exploring the rocks making a natural playground at Ottermouth, to the east of the village. (more…)