Holiday Inn Express Crewe
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... checked out a few shops too. It looks like it's quite an arty alternative town as well as having the old traditionals here too. Locals are friendly and have heaps of dogs. They take it all for granted as one does when one grows up in a place.
But check out the photos. I have rarely repeated shots of an arch so these will be almost all different ones, of various shapes and sizes. As well as a few other things I saw on my excursion.
We stopped for lunch just south of Great Haywood, but first we went through Tixall Wide. Basically Tixall House didn't want their view spoilt by a canal, so it was disguised as a lake. Seems like a clever way to disguise a canal, and is quite an impressive thing as you come round the corner to find a massive expanse of water before you.
We stopped a little further on for lunch at a nice little lock side restaurant which gave us ...
... keep. So we set off up the trail.
The castle was a motte-and-bailey castle, but it actually had two baileys plus a defended settlement, the double baileys meant there were a lot of slopes to walk up and down but the boards were interesting and the weather was good. When we reached the keep we discovered that it had been more impressive but back in the 60s a teenager had died when a section collapsed and as a result over fears ...
... the exhibit. The issue I had (besides not really liking the Beatles) was that there ended up being too much going on at the same time. You had a lady yapping in your ear with actual recordings of the members of The Beatles, and then every room had its own music (not tied to the audio), and then every room had tons of info to read (not always tied to the guide). I just found it was information overload. And like I said, I really wasn't all the interested in the first place. ...
... br> Tonight Ian and I are going to the Bolton Wanderers players Reunion dinner, so that should be interesting, not all that familiar with Bolton players in past years so won't know many, unless Jonah's there of course.
Next couple of days are unsure as I can't get to my emails and contact numbers are in there soemwhere, but we will be making our way back to Porstmouth from here, perhaps via Nottingham??
Dave & Lona.