We have visited the Manor many times in the past however this was the first time we have booked for the Evening. You must pre-book to gain entry to the house so don’t turn up on the day expecting to gain entry, goto the homepage to book at https://waddesdon.org.uk . The best bit about the christmas display is the christmas lights – this year they are projected onto the Grand house and lasts about 10 minutes before a small break and then repeated. I done a small video have a look.
We booked this trip way back in July because we wished to visit the Christmas markets and also have a look at the Cathedral. At the time of visiting there were large building and conservation works going on around the perimeter and also inside the cathedral itself, however this did not spoil the visit to the cathedral . Gloucester cathedral is the burial place of Edward II and you will find his tomb inside also other large and elegant tombs can be found inside.
The cathedral, built as the abbey church, consists of a Norman nucleus (Walter de Lacy is buried there), with additions in every style of Gothic architecture. It is 420 feet (130 m) long, and 144 feet (44 m) wide, with a fine central tower of the 15th century rising to the height of 225 ft (69 m) and topped by four delicate pinnacles, a famous landmark. he nave is massive Norman with an Early English roof; the crypt, under the choir, aisles and chapels, is Norman, as is the chapter house. The crypt is one of the four apsidal cathedral crypts in England, the others being at Worcester, Winchester and Canterbury.
The children had got us this trip for Gail’s birthday along with afternoon tea at a nice hotel. The studios are in Watford so only a short trip down there, but remember you cannot get tickets down there you have to pre order on the internet. At nearly £40 each its not cheap, but it’s worth the money and we spent nearly 3 hours looking around. All the sets from the hit films as they built them are there and you can walk through the great hall and other places from the films. Costumes as well as the original art work and the model of hogworts that they used for filming for the castle shots can be found. Only place to watch out for is the gift shop here you will not find magic only pain, Jesus it’s a rip off. Have a look at the photos and film it was a great day out indeed.
We have visited the Eskdale railway several times and it brings good memories of time spent with Harry & Doreen. It lies in the village of Dalegarth and terminates at Ravenglass on the coast with the line running near 7 miles. Its about £13 .90 for a return ticket and £3.50 to park the car for the day. Watch what time you take your train as the steam engine does not run every time you may get a diesel, check the website carefully. In great weather the journey provides some great views and you will see the Scafell range near to Waswater. I have copied the following from Wikipedia but please visit it if you are in Cumbria it makes for a good day out and little kids will love it.
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a 15 in (381 mm) minimum gauge heritage railway in Cumbria, England. The 7 miles (11.3 km) line runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth Station near Boot in the valley of Eskdale, in the Lake District. At Ravenglass the line ends at Ravenglass railway station on the Cumbrian Coast Line. Intermediate stations and halts are at Muncaster Mill, Miteside, Murthwaite, Irton Road, The Green, Fisherground and Beckfoot. The railway is owned by a private company and supported by a preservation society. The oldest locomotive is River Irt, parts of which date from 1894, while the newest is the diesel-hydraulic Douglas Ferreira, built in 2005. The line is known locally as La’al Ratty and its 3 ft (914 mm) gauge predecessor as Owd Ratty.
Nearby attractions include: the Roman Bath House at Ravenglass; the Hardknott Roman Fort, known to the Romans as Mediobogdum, at the foot of Hardknott Pass; the watermills at Boot and Muncaster; and Muncaster Castle, the home of the Pennington family since 1208
Without a doubt the best national trust property we have visited. I have wanted to visit this mill for a number of years, and with a nice drive up to Cumbria for a trail race it made a good idea to stop off. On the way to Quarry bank we drove through Jodrel Bank home to the famous radio telescope and I noticed it had a visitor centre so we will have to have a look there in the years to come. Quarry bank is an old mill that was famous for the cloth and textiles it made and played a big part in the industrial revolution.
Samuel Greg leased land at Quarrell Hole on Pownall Fee from Lord Stamford, who imposed a condition that ‘none of the surrounding trees should be pruned, felled or lopped´; maintaining the woodland character of the area. The factory was built in 1784 by Greg to spin cotton. When Greg retired in 1832 it was the largest such business in the United Kingdom. The water-powered Georgian mill still produces cotton calico. The Gregs were careful and pragmatic, paternalistic millowners, and the mill was expanded and changed throughout its history. When Greg’s son, Robert Hyde Greg, took over the business, he introduced weaving. Samuel Greg died in 1834.
The Mill was attacked during the Plug Plot riots on 10 August 1842.
The mill’s iron water wheel, the fourth to be installed, was designed by Thomas Hewes and built between 1816 and 1820. Overhead shafts above the machines were attached to the water wheel by a belt. When the wheel turned, the motion moved the belt and powered the machinery. A beam engine and a horizontal steam engine were subsequently installed to supplement the power. The Hewes wheel broke in 1904 but the River Bollin continued to power the mill through two water turbines. The mill owners bought a Boulton and Watt steam engine in 1810 and a few years later purchased another because the river’s water level was low in summer and could interrupt production of cloth during some years. Steam engines could produce power all year round. Today the mill houses the most powerful working waterwheel in Europe, an iron wheel moved from Glasshouses Mill at Pateley Bridge designed by Sir William Fairbairn who had been Hewes’ apprentice.
After some dreadful weather over the lakes due to storm Brian, it was a shame that they had made a slight detour on the route and missed out the best bit anglers crag however it put a mile or so on the total distance. During the event we had worse weather than last year the wind howled at 40mph and near to the bottom of the lake it rained on us. A great race over some very rough tracks including numerous bogs. Hopefully will be back next year and try again. in the end i come 18th out of 99 runners.
A good pace was set at the Buckingham 10k from the MBUK runners. The course was very hilly and went along the lanes and tracks through Stowe park. I come 20th out of 197 – and 4th in my age group so was well pleased with the result. Julian, Sandy and Danny got great results on what was a tough course. Next big Buckingham race will be the half marathon so will have to enter . http://www.onyourmarksevents.org/results2017-buckingham-10k.html
Another Riverside walk along the Thames and a step further to finishing this long distance Thames path. This section was about 12 miles long and although the ground was flat and good it still makes for a full days walking. The best way to get to Henley-Upon-Thames the start of the walk is from Bourne End train station, simply park the car there and catch a train to Marlow. From Marlow we got a bus and this dropped us off in the centre of Henley and the start of the walk allow about 1hr to get to Henley and about 5 hours spare for the walk. Take a picnic with you as there are some nice spots along the river with plenty of benches to sit on
Its a shame we never had a good look around the Historic Market Town however we had a lot of Miles to do. Henley-on-Thames /ˈhɛnliː ɒn ˈtɛmz/ is a historic market town and civil parish on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, England, 9 miles (14 km) northeast of Reading, 7 miles (11 km) west of Maidenhead and 23 miles (37 km) southeast of Oxford. One of its boundaries has the tripoint of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 11,619.
As you make your way along the Thames you will soon past the Folly on Temple Island. Temple Island is an island in the River Thames in England just north (downstream) of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The island is on the reach above Hambleden Lock between the Buckinghamshire and Berkshire banks, and is part of Remenham in Berkshire. The main significance of the island is that it lies at the start of the course for Henley Royal Regatta.
Hambleden locks and mill
Hambleden Lock is a lock with a long weir situated on the River Thames in England. The lock is on the Berkshire bank between Aston and Remenham. It was built by the Thames Navigation Commission in 1773, The lock is named after the village of Hambleden, a mile (1.5 km) to the north.
The great weir is impressive and there are walkways over it from the lock to the small village of Mill End on the Buckinghamshire bank. Here is situated the picturesque Hambleden Mill, and the site of a Roman villa is nearby. Hambleden Mill is a historic watermill on the River Thames at Mill End, near the village of Hambleden in Buckinghamshire, England. It is next to Hambleden Lock and has now been converted into flats. It was Grade II listed in 1955.
The Mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book when it had a rent of £1/year. Before 1235 the mill was granted to Keynsham Abbey. Alison Uttley described it as “The most beautiful place in the whole length of the long Thames valley.”’
You will also visit the town of Marlow and a few other villages on route just have a look at the map I have attached to the website for easy planning.
A great turn out of the MBUK runners – Stewart, Danny, MItch, & Jules run the very muddy 3.5 mile cross-country course in a time of 01:52:13 making us 34th out of 124th. It was hard work over some very wet fields and Bridleways but the rain held off for most of the race. We will hopefully be back for this event next year it was well-organised by Onley runners. Chip timing was by Results Base and can be viewed here.
We got a boat from Dubrovnik old town harbour in some choppy seas and made for the little costal town of Cavtat. The skipper of the boat did not bloody hang about and with high seas we were tossed everywhere however it was fun and only cost 100 kuna each for a return trip back. Cavtat is a lovely costal town full of old Buildings and some nice costal walks around a large forest on the peninsula, from the end you got some great views. Large yachts dock in the harbour but it all seemed a lot of messing about trying to park the things, you even need a diver to help chain them down. Along the water front are a load of restaurant and bars and we had a couple of drinks with views to die for. Well worth a visit to this place if your in the area.