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Journeys around the UK : Scotland , Wales , England , Isle of Man
Walks: around NorthEast England and Scotland, always with Ted in the rucky.
A few times each year Ted and Steve take a few days to explore somewhere new, or places we haven’t been to for many years. The trips tend to revolve around scenery and beer and always involve using public transport. As well as the account of the trip we’ve included some useful practical information and, where relevant, a bit of train buffery. Click on the links for the blog of each journey.
The journeys currently included are:
The East Coast and Deeside Two visits to the eastern side of Scotland, from Aberdeen and Deeside to Fife and Falkirk.
Embra and Glesca Day trips to Edinburgh and Glasgow – pub crawls round the best pubs in each city – plus some useful information.
Southwest trips (pdf 1Mb) Three visits to southwest Scotland, taking in Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire.
Knoydart (pdf 501kb) A journey to Mallaig via the West Highland Railway and across to the remote Knoydart peninsula.
The Western Isles (pdf 2.5Mb) Steve and Ted’s trip by plane to Barra then by bus and ferry through the Uists and Harris to Stornoway and the Ness of Lewis, plus a second visit to the same area leading a tour group.
Scottish Notes: Notes of day trips or short visits, day or two-day trips, to somewhere we hadn’t been before, have a quick look round and have a beer or two. The notes currently cover:
Inverness to Wick a Far North trip by train and bus;
Perth and around;
Rothesay and Dunoon a day trip to Bute;
Campbeltown a short break to Kintyre;
Doon the Watter to Millport a day trip to Cumbrae;
The Scottish borders a trip through the Borders from Biggar to Berwick upon Tweed;
Regional notes, based on visits over the years:
Central Scotland a photographic introduction to the area;
West Highland highlights…and tales from various visits to the West Highlands over many years.
Around North Wales A journey from Conwy to Llangollen taking in Snowdon, the Lleyn peninsula, Dolgellau, beer and narrow gauge steam railways, plus subsequent visits to Anglesey.
Around South Wales A journey to Cardiff, followed by a few days exploring Pembrokeshire by train and bus.
The Bus Trip (pdf 918kb) – a week long journey by local bus through the south of England from Dorset to East Anglia, via Shaftesbury, Swindon, Buckingham and Sudbury.
The Kent trip (pdf 880kb) by train and bus to Sheppey, Thanet, Canterbury, Dungeness plus Uckfield and Rye in Sussex.
Wiltshire and Somerset A wander round the pubs of West Wiltshire and Somerset, based in Bradford on Avon and Wells.
Cornwall and Devon A journey round the branch lines and the pubs.
East Anglia A trip to Bury St. Edmunds, Ely and Norwich, visiting a pub or two.
English notes: Shorter accounts of brief visits:
Liverpool photographs of a visit to the city.
Furness. A trip to Broughton in Furness in out via West Cumbria and back via Kirkby Lonsdale
Bradford, a visit to Bradford, plus trips to Skipton and Saltaire.
Shropshire , a journey to Bridgnorth and Bishop’s Castle in search of a strange railway and good beer.
Isle of Man:
Isle of Man – highlights and photographs from four visits to the Isle of Man.
Photos above (from the top):
Ted allows Steve to have a break on Snowdon, Gwynedd, Wales (we got there by the mountain railway).
Ted and Steve at Dungeness, Kent, England. After a paddle in the sea next to the nuclear power station Ted is growing by the minute, and Steve’s brain is escaping from his left ear.
Ted defending Eilean Donan Castle, Highland, Scotland, from all comers.
At Fingal’s Cave, Isle of Staffa, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
The Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man.
A typical summer’s day in Weymouth, Dorset, England.
Sheerness, Kent, England – the photo says it all.
My walks with Ted are mainly in Northeast England, accessible from our base in Durham, plus a few while visiting Scotland. Some are coastal, others moorland or former railway lines. Most are relatively easy, and all involve a pub or two along the way. Brief descriptions of each walk are here:
WALKSNortheast England And Scotland (pdf 3.5Mb)