Relies & a Peek at the Peak District
Trip Start Apr 14, 2013
24Trip End May 25, 2013
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Reaching the castle you are rewarded with great vistas of the Peak District and another castle ruins to explore.
Continuing on now heading southwards towards Stoke-on-Trent area we meander passed Kevin’s cousin Pat’s country house, 'Roseberry Cottage’ in Waterfall. We’re playing criss-cross at the moment
Driving on in to Stoke town itself we do some scouting and locate both Kevin’s Mum and his Dad’s childhood homes. We complete our Stoke visit with oatcake wraps for lunch and a trip to Hanley Park.
Still heading south we have arranged to catch up with another cousin, Jean and her husband Tony in Stone. Spending a lovely afternoon being spoiled with cakes and tea we roll on late afternoon to find some accommodation for the night. Turns out that was a bit more difficult than we expected. Searching aside we find lodgings and settle in.
Anzac Day and we head to The National Memorial Arboretum where there is a remembrance service being held. The NMA has been developed as a memorial not through headstones or plaques but through the planting of trees to all service men and women including military but extending also to fire & rescue, police, lifesaving etc. We paid homage to the Gallipoli memorial before attending the chapel service.
After the service we continue our journey driving through Tamworth and stopping to stroll through the gardens around the castle. Kerrie and the kids also try out the free exercise equipment located in the park; fitness seems to be dropping off a bit.
Back to our wheels and still heading south, we are due in Bath tonight but we have one more place we wish to visit on the way, Kenilworth Castle
Travelling on we detour through Upper and Lower Slaughter, deemed to be the prettiest villages in England and onto our destination of Farmborough a little village just southwest of Bath. The cottage is a gorgeous stone walled 2 bedroom, 2 story cottage, Kevin and Daniel just need to watch as they go through the doorways. Dr Who Experience tomorrow….