Grafton House Hotel
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... 40 it's Llandudno and by 50 it's the horrors of The Chelsea Flower Show (spare me please) A bit has changed since Every Han. I'm in a relationship now and a graduate. Two years of student loans and full time nightshift work means moneywise I'm better than before, despite having spent literally thousands this year.
In Every Han I experienced one of the coldest cities on earth, this time I'm eating my way through one of the hottest (not Eindhoven!)
It's going to be a bit of ...
... had a diet of beautiful villages, green fields, rolling hills and some heather (minus snow now) on the higher parts. What a difference sunshine makes.
We are well placed here to explore Hadrian's wall. Today we walked around the impressive Roman ruins at Corbridge and Chester and we did see some of the wall though we had to look hard! We topped off the day with an Aldi grocery shop (!!!) and a walk from our village of Wylam to George Stephenson's cottage. Oh and I ...
We leave Woodbridge and head to the coast visiting a couple of little towns along the way, Pretty scary roads but beautiful countryside. We make our way north and end up in Sunderland for the night which is on the coast. It raining and almost blizzard conditions when we arrive and very difficult to find accommodation, Eventually we get some and then rooms had to change because wifi wouldn't work, Enjoyed some nice fish and chips int he new ...
... at more sites.
Our present site is on Budle Bay, approximately 3 miles from Bamburgh Castle which is built on a dolerite outcrop overlooking the sea and across to the Farne Islands. The Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country and archaelogical evidence shows that the crag provided a natural fortress for the Iron Age Votadini tribe in about 800 BC but it was first mentioned in the 6th Century. The Normans built a new castle on site early ...
... Great Ayton as it is the boyhood town of Captain James Cook and there are a number of monuments and museums dedicated to him.
Today is Friday, and we decided to make it a very easy day by staying at the apartment, catching up on our blogs, washing and resting after a couple of big weeks.
This afternoon we ventured out and walked around the very pretty village of Great Ayton and saw some of the sights ...