Relies & a Peek at the Peak District

Trip Start Apr 14, 2013
Trip End May 25, 2013

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Saying goodbye to York we travelled west through the picturesque Peak District discovering Peverill Castle along the way. Perched atop a hill in the village of Castleton it took a bit of finding the right way up through the village after the signpost we followed had apparently been knocked out of place by a lorry and no-one apart from the roads department is allowed to straighten the sign to point in the correct direction. The request has been submitted and they're still waiting……..

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. When we’re in London they’re up country, when we’re in the country, they’re in London. We should hopefully be all in the same place when we arrive back in London before we fly home.

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. This has to be one of the best castles to visit in England. Yes it is in ruins but the grandeur of the castle is still evident with a fair proportion of the walls and window frames of the great hall still standing. John Dudley and then Robert Dudley (son) resided at Kenilworth during the mid 1500’s. Robert was the brother-in-law of Lady Jane Grey, the uncrowned queen of nine days, the saga that saw her and both Robert’s father and brother executed. The original gatehouse of the castle is still completely intact and used to display history of Robert Dudley and his ‘association’ with Queen Elizabeth I. It’s fascinating how all the characters in English history seem to be interwoven like a scene from a soapie.

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….
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