Archive for April, 2012

The Sykes Cottages Guide To Whitchurch and Wem

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
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Visit Whitchurch and Wem on your cottage holiday.


Leave time for a visit to historic Whitchurch on your Shropshire cottage holiday; it’s home to one of the world’s oldest clockmakers, JB Joyce, whose time pieces keep the watch on towers, churches and other public buildings across the globe. Learn more at the Heritage and Craft Centre, or enjoy shopping for local specialities and fresh local produce at the town’s regular Farmer’s Markets. The pleasant green space of Jubilee Park is the place to head out for a stroll; no less than five of the county’s long distance walks, including the Shropshire Way, begin here, whilst the Llangollen canal offers alternative short walks and cycles. Nearby, the north Shropshire markets towns of Ellesmere, Wem and Market Drayton offer a variety of attractions.


The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ullapool and Durness

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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Visit Ullapool and Durness on your cottage holiday.


The neat, whitewashed fishing village of Ullapool is the main base from which to explore the north-western Highlands of Scotland. There are supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and all the other facilities required on a cottage holiday in this remote region, together with the ferry crossing point for visits to Stornoway on Lewis, the largest settlement in the Western Isles. The Ullapool Museum is a testament to the hardy nature of the people that conquered this harsh region of Scotland over the centuries, and tells their story and that of the wider Loch Broom region. Discover this area for yourself, with a short pleasure cruise out to the Summer Isles on Loch Broom from Ullapool’s harbour. Also worth a visit from Ullapool is the spectacularly steep-sided Corrieshalloch Gorge, which can be viewed from a suspension bridge, set twelve miles south of the village.


The Sykes Cottages Guide To Embleton and Amble

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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On a cottage holiday, Embleton and Amble are well worth a visit.


On Northumberland’s Heritage Coast, picturesque Embleton is an attractive village with a well-maintained green and village shop. Embleton’s main attraction is beautiful Embleton Bay, located about half a mile from the village centre. A vast sweep of fine sandy beach backed by high dunes, there are wonderful views down the coast to nearby Dunstanburgh castle, which rises majestically at the southerly tip of the bay.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Arkengarthdale and Langthwaite

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
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Arkengarthdale, together with neighbouring Swaledale, which it joins at the popular village of Reeth, is one of the most northerly of all the Yorkshire Dales, and an ideal place to visit on a cottage holiday. In the valley of Arkle Beck, Langthwaite is the principal settlement in this tiny dale, which is a collection of remote communities and hamlets dotted amongst a scenic, pastoral landscape. Once important in the lead-mining industry, Arkengarthdale ends at the famous Tan Hill pub.