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Old 02-27-2014, 04:05 AM   #16
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Don't mention "The Ashes".

Or "transporting convicts "
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:53 AM   #17
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Visiting the U.K

I woudl drive north to Derbyshire and visit Bakewell (on a Monday) and go to the market there. Plenty of pubs in Bakewell and great scenery in the Pennines. Go to Stcckport and take the A6 (?) to Whaley Bridge, Buxton, then Bakewell. Stay in a bed and breakfast in or near Bakewell.

Then go to Chesterfield. Its a nice drive from Bakewell.
Lots of other nice places to visit in the Pennines.

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Old 02-27-2014, 07:21 AM   #18
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I would go to Newcastle or glasgow and have a chat with some locals to get a true feeling of the place

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Old 02-27-2014, 07:31 AM   #19
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But would he understand what they said (g) ?
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:53 AM   #20
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I understand the season makes for lots of lookers, but I really don't have a choice since it's a layover from South Africa.

I'm guessing I'll be stacked with the masses visiting Oxford, Bath, Blenheim, and the like.

I just want to see some country, drink beer, and eat. No different than what anyone on a bike would do any day. How hard is that?
England's a nice country when the weather is nice and I think you'll have a half decent chance with your timing. Don't worry about the tourist numbers in July too much, it's way worse in August. In my opinion there are only a couple of areas I believe are really unique to England, them being the New Forest (directly west of Southampton) and the Cotswolds (around Charlbury). Both are smalltown/rural areas with loads of country pubs.

There are of course other areas to visit such as the north Cornwall coast, the Lake District (Google Images - Buttermere) and the Peak District in Derbyshire but to take all that in will mean a good chunk of travelling. If you did decide to go north a day trip to Edinburgh would aslo be time well spent.

Have a great time.
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Old 02-28-2014, 02:37 PM   #21
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Trainspotting ?
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:52 AM   #22
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When in July?

If beer is your main purpose then you can't go wrong taking in a beer festival. There are two in July (in my area) Hastings 5th & 6th or (Canterbury worth a visit) Kent CAMRA 17th - 19th

Pubs are all over the place. If You will be near Rye (20+ pub town) then I can short list some of the better ones in the area. Many pubs are dirty with shit food, crap expensive beer, others are great. It's a real guess sometimes and often very disappointing.

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Old 03-01-2014, 12:28 PM   #23
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For loads of real pubs in a small area you could do much worse than York. It's an ancient, historic walled city (Google it if you are not already in the know) and although it's very touristy the pubs are often frequented by locals in my experience. Here's a map of real ale pubs within or just outside the walls and the Blue Bell should not be missed out:

http://yorkcamra.org.uk/york2011.PDF

In addition the surrounding countryside and villages are very nice, and you could take in the Peak District en-route or on the way back. Pity it's on the wrong side of the Pennines.
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Old 03-01-2014, 05:05 PM   #24
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If you go to York go on the open topped double decker bus tour.
Very informative narrative as you are driving around the city.
I went there on the train from Stockport a couple of years ago.
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This is perfect. I was sitting in my favorite chair and my wife asks, "How does UK sound for May-June?"
not two months, two weeks from about May 28th to June 10th or so.
I want to go to museums and maybe drive someplace and find some beer and whiskey.
I like football, (your sort). I'm partial to motorcycles, I did have a Norton once. Still miss it. Didn't need to sell it, just did.

I can live the rest of my life without any curry.

Don't care what the weather is, I spent two years force-fed the PNWet for work. I found the beer and wine and seafood. Weather did not seem to be an issue once that was sorted.

I like the ideas so far.
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Old 03-02-2014, 06:42 AM   #26
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You can find all you are looking for in Matlock (Derbyshire) on a Sunday.
Beer, food, motorcycles and a mining/geology musuem. Great scenery in the area. Bed and breakfast is the cheapest way to go. What U.K airport would you fly into ?

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You can find all you are looking for in Matlock (Derbyshire) on a Sunday.
Beer, food, motorcycles and a mining/geology musuem. Great scenery in the area. Bed and breakfast is the cheapest way to go. What U.K airport would you fly into ?
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:25 AM   #28
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Do they fly direct from California to the U.K ? I am guessing if they fly direct it would be to London (Gatwick or Heathrow).
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Old 03-02-2014, 10:26 AM   #29
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Hello Mr Head,
London is full of museums and historic places of interest. It's also full of pubs... Out in the countryside there are castles and old houses. What sort of history are you interested in?

Where do you want to stay and what's your cash flow situation? Some hotels can cost a substantial amount both in and away from London. Same with food. A bag of chips won't break the bank but some 'gastro' pubs in the country charge as much as in central London. There are some great country house hotels... We also seem to do a great selection of really shit B&B's...
It always seems pot luck turning up at a strange hotel or B&B in the UK... It's often a surreal experience in strangeness...

I can't help with football...
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