April 13, 2010
The Tissington Trail is one of the major reasons to come to Ashbourne. The trail is surfaced with crushed limestone, which makes it an ideal pathway for both cyclists and walkers of all abilities. The surface is also amenable to the use of wheelchairs, and persons using wheelchairs are encouraged to use the trail. The elevated nature of the trail affords the hiker or bicyclist wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Ashbourne is the home to a variety of different hotels that cater to all budgets, from the cheap hotel option of the Compton House Ashbourne to the more upscale choice of the Callow Hall Country House Hotel Ashbourne. The reader is advised to compare hotels online prior to making a choice to book hotels. There are also a variety of different bed & breakfast options; the Red Lion Inn and the Callow Hall are two good choices in the Ashbourne area. Ashbourne also is the home of many good dining options, with many restaurants in the area offering traditional British fare. Some of the Ashbourne restaurants in this category include the Lamplight Restaurant, the Coach and Horses Inn, and the Tiger Inn. Other restaurants in the area serve French, International, and European Cuisine. The nearest airport to Ashbourne is the East Midlands Airport, which is located in Castle Donington and is a short 40 minute drive from Ashbourne. The East Midlands Airport has good air links to cities across Britain and the rest of Europe. Ashbourne can also be easily reached from points in Britain by taking the train to the nearby towns of Buxton or Derby. Ashbourne can then be reached by car using using the A52 motorway from Derby, or the A515 from Buxton.
April 12, 2010
Ilkeston is part of the Nottingham metropolitan area. Ilkeston can be reached by taking the M1 motorway from Nottingham; although there are currently no train stations in Ilkeston, there are rumors that one is planning to be built soon. Ilkeston is though to have been founded in the 6th century AD by the Anglian chieftain Elcha. Throughout its history, Ilkeston has been known for metalworking. Historians have discovered evidence that there has been iron-working in the Ilkeston area since Roman times. During the 18the century, large-scale iron-working began to develop as the Industrial Revolution spread to the Ilkeston area. This development continued so that by the end of the 19th century, works around Ilkeston were producing 7000 tons of pig iron per month. Production of steel pipe began after World War I at the Stanton Works in Ilkeston, and there were 12,500 people working in the metal working industries around Ilkeston in the early 20th century. The works around Ilkeston are presently significantly reduced from that time, although there still is substantial production of steel and concrete products in and around Ilkeston. The Ilkeston Market Place is the home of the Charter Fair. The Charter was granted by King Henry III in 1252, and the fair has taken place annually for more than 750 years. The fair is held in October of each year, and features entertainment, food, and agricultural exhibits. Due to its proximity to Nottingham, Ilkeston has a plethora of hotels and bed & breakfast options available in the area. Everything from cheap hotels up to luxury options can be found in the area; compare hotels on one of the many travel sites that list hotels online. Ilkeston is easy to reach from cities across the United Kingdom and Europe; the East Midlands Airport is a comprehensive airport with air service to and from many cities across the British Isles and Europe. The East Midlands Airport is located about 25 minutes by car from Ilkeston.
Hotels Long Eaton
Derbyshire is best known as the home of the Peak District, Britain’s first national park. The Peak District offers a stunning array of trails and landscapes for cyclists, hikers, and outdoors lovers. Long Eaton’s past is on display at the Parish Church of St. Laurence, an ancient church that was most likely built in the 12th century after the Norman Conquest. While not completely free of the more modern architecture that has taken over many towns of its size, Long Eaton has retained much of its architectural history that it has built up over the centuries. Long Eaton inhabitants are known for their devotion to sport, from cycling to football to cricket. Long Eaton has staged an annual cycle race since 1885, and racing in the city was staged at the Long Eaton Stadium on Station Road until 1997. Long Eaton also is the home of a rugby team and a cricket team. Long Eaton is also notable for its award-winning brass band, the Long Eaton Silver Prize Band. The band was formed in 1906, and won the National Championships of Great Britain in 2006. Long Eaton has a variety of different hotels and restaurants in and around the town, and they provide a good infrastructure to support tourism in the area. Notable hotels in the Long Eaton area include the Novotel Nottingham Hotel, the Best Western Grantham Hotel, and the Hilton Nottingham Hotel. Hotel and bed & breakfast options can be researched online, with a plethora of options from cheap hotels to luxury options. Compare hotels online in Long Eaton by using the various travel portals before deciding on which hotel to book. There is also a wide range of restaurants in Long Eaton, from Indian cuisine to traditional British fare to continental European offerings. The East Midlands Airport at Castle Donington is the closest large airport to Long Eaton, and Long Eaton can be reach from that airport with a short drive of less than 20 km. East Midlands Airport is the 10th busiest airport in Britain, and has good connections to the rest of Britain and points beyond.
Visit Heanor Hotels, England
The town used to be known for coal mining and textiles, but both of those industries have been in the decline for the past 100 years. It has now been merged with the nearby Langley Mill and the Langley Mill Railway station, as Heanor no longer has railway service of its own.
To access Heanor, UK, one can fly into nearby Derby and take the train to Langley Mill station, from where you can hire a car the rest of the way to your destination of Heanor.
A visitor to Heanor can join the locals while they enjoy enjoy watching their local football team, the Lions, play at the Heanor Cricket Club, which they share with the local cricket team.
After an afternoon watching football, enjoy an evening at one of the local pubs, such as the Cross Keys or Rays Arms.
Whether you plan on staying in the Heanor area for a weekend or for a week, cheap hotels can be found when you compare hotels and book hotels online. There are no bed and breakfasts in the general vicinity of Heanor, but area hotels consist of International chains such as Mariott’s luxurious Breadsall Priory in Derby which also boasts a spa and country club and the Ramada in the Nottingham suburb of Long Eaton. Also nearby is the Hogs Head Hotel in Nottingham and the Eastwood Hall, also in Nottingham. Not only those, but also nearby is the Risley Hall Hotel and Spa in Derby, which is a luxurious hotel housed on a Saxon estate from the 11th Century.
Enjoy Staveley Hotels, UK
This town was once known as a mining town, whose open mining pits can still be seen. It was also once the home of the Staveley Chemical Plant.The best way to reach Staveley is through the Nottingham East Midlands Airport, from where you can hire public transportation or a car the rest of the way to Staveley. While in Staveley a visitor can visit the mining pits and go to the nearby towns of Derby and Nottingham and watch football with the locals. After enjoying a game of football, you may want to consider hiring a car back to Staveley where you can enjoy relaxation at one of the pubs or cafes such as the Rose and Crown, the Red Lion, or the Victoria Inn.After a full day of adventure in the Staveley area, you may want to enjoy a weekend of relaxation at one of the nearby hotels. Many cheap hotels and bed and breakfasts can be found when you compare hotels and book hotels online. Some of these area hotels include one of the only bed and breakfasts in the area, the Markham Vale Guest Lodge in nearby Chesterfield. Also in Chesterfield is the Legacy Chesterfield Hotel which is located near the Town Centre and the Chesterfield rail stations, and the Premier Inn Chesterfield North which also has easy access to the rail stations.
Not only can these hotels be found in the town of Chesterfield but also on the road between Chesterfield and Staveley. Two of these are the Ibis Sheffield South and the historic Georgian Ringwood Hall which offers its guests a gym, sauna, and indoor pool upon request.
Enjoy the English Coast , Maryport Hotels
This town was home to the largest shipping port in England’s Cumbria region until 1927. From the city’s 2000 year history you can visit Roman forts, Georgian buildings, and Victorian docks, as well as remnants of industries of old, such as coal mining, iron making, and shipbuilding. The best way to reach Maryport is to hire transportation from one of the country’s airports in Derby or in south Scotland. Once you reach the Maryport area, you can hire a car or walk to most places within the town. One of the favorite sport activities of the locals is to cycle on the Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Way, or a game of golf at the Maryport Golf Club. After an afternoon of cycling or a game of golf, you may want to consider an evening of relaxation at one of the local pubs or cafes, such as the Bounty Inn or the Butchers Arms. If you plan on staying overnight so that you can enjoy the sights around Hadrian’s wall, or the aquarium, consider staying in one of the area’s cheap hotels. You can find hotels and bed and breakfasts if you compare hotels and book hotels online. Some of the hotels in the are include the Melbreak Country Hotel in Workington where you can enjoy views of the valley and mountain vistas beyond. Also in Workington is the 17th Century Old Ginn House and the historic Waverly Hotel in the downtown area, which offers great value for room quality. You may also want to consider the nearby town of Cockersmouth where you will find the 18th century Derwent Lodge and the modern Shepherd’s Hotel.
April 7, 2010
The city’s history dates back to the middle ages as evidenced by local castle ruins. Swadlincote’s economy at one time based on mining and pottery now contains over 100 shops and restaurants. Sharpe’s Pottery Centre displays the city’s historical culture.
The city is home to a semi-professional football league that plays in Church Gresley. The area also has a rifle and gun club. The largest attraction is the dry ski slope located in the forest, where many travel to ski, snowboard, toboggan and sno-tube all year long.
Guests planning to visit the area can book hotels online or compare hotels around the city. Cheap hotels or bed and breakfasts are in abundance throughout the region. The Bretby Hotel and Conference Centre is less than 10 years old, and has an on site bar and restaurant. The Premier Inn Burton on Trent East has family rooms and a beer garden. The Redmoor Accommodation is located in a cul-de-sac close to Burton town centre. The Fallen Knight Hotel and Restaurant has en suite rooms available. The Ramada Newton Park is a country house hotel with gardens.
There are numerous dining options, but one of the favourites is the 50’s American Diner that serves traditional fast food in a nostalgic setting. Andy’s Fish Bar serves traditional fish and chips and Die La Pizzeria specializes in pizza and fast food. The Catchems Inn and the Rising Sun are local pubs that serve ales and food.
The Arriva Midlands and Midlands Classic provide bus service to the city. The closest railway is in Burton upon Trent, which is 5 miles away. The nearest airport servicing the area is in the East Midlands, which is 14 miles away.
Ripley’s biggest claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of the great rock guitarist Eric Clapton. Ripley is also mentioned in two of H.G. Wells’ novels: The War of the Worlds and The Wheels of Chance. Ripley has for centuries been a place that caters to travelers; it first catered to travelers on the Portsmouth Road that passed through the village centuries ago. The High Street was lined with pubs, beerhouses, and inns catering to the tourist trade during that time. Surrey is now connected to London and points further afield by the A3 motorway. While many of the old pubs and inns have disappeared, the Talbot Inn has been a part of Ripley since 1453 and still caters to the traveler today. The Talbot Inn has 39 rooms along with a restaurant, wedding facilities, and a conference area. As would be expected of a traditional coaching inn, the Talbot also contains a traditional bar with a fireplace, outstanding pub fare, and a large selection of real ales. Ripley is also the home of Drake’s restaurant, which is the recipient of both a Michelin star and 3 AA rosettes. In addition to the Talbot Inn, there are a number of hotel and bed & breakfast options in and around Ripley. Travelers are advised to compare hotels online before making a deciding on which option to book hotels. Good cheap hotels can be found around Ripley; the Lion Hotel and the Derbyshire Hotel are both good options. Ripley is not served by either train or bus service. Ripley is located within 30 minutes of London on the A3 motorway, and both Heathrow International and Gatwick International can be reached within 20 minutes by car.
Matlock was first developed as a spa town, and the thermal baths along the River Derwent proved hugely popular with visitors from across England. The baths closed in the 1950′s, and today Matlock offers the visitor other activities. One of Matlock’s biggest tourist draws is the annual arts festival Matlock Live. The festival is held annually each year in either June or July, and features local dancers, musicians, and artists. Matlock has an award-winning rugby team that plays on the nearby Cromford Meadows. The Matlock Rugby Club won the Derbyshire Tigger Price Memorial trophy as the team of the year for the year 2007. Matlock has a municipal railway station that is on the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock, and Midlands Junction Railway. The station offers regular train service to both London and Manchester; both of these cities have large international airports with excellent national and international air links. The area around Matlock has a variety of hotel options, from cheap hotels to more upscale offerings. Bed & breakfast options are also plentiful in the Matlock area; Breach Farm, Yew Tree Cottage, and The Old Manor House are all good choices in the Matlock area. The prospective visitor is advised to compare hotels across a few of the popular travel portals on the internet prior to making a decision on choosing a hotel. Matlock also contains a number of good restaurant options. Stones Restaurant on Dale Road in Matlock offers traditional British favourites in a pleasing environment at very competitive prices. For traditional British pub fare and to grap a pint, the Druid Inn offers both in a environment that is both pleasant and child-friendly.
Glossop’s fortunes have historically been tied to the cotton industry, having specialized in the late 18th century and afterwards in the production and printing of calico. Glossop was first settled in 78 A.D. by the Romans. Glossop began to develop during the Industrial Revolution with the construction of mills to process wool and cotton. By 1831, there were at least 30 mills in the Glossop area. Later in that century industrialization continued with the construction of mills to process wood pulp into paper and mills to produce calico. During the 20th century Glossop began to diversify its industrial base, with cotton milling giving way to production of machine tools, metals, and rubber. The Glossop of today has also developed a significant tourist industry, providing services for tourists visiting the nearby Peak District National Park. Glossop is easily reached by rail from Manchester, with regular train service from Manchester to Glossop. Manchester has an international airport, and has good air links to the rest of the United Kingdom and the major cities of Europe. Glossop stages a number of festivals each year, including the Glossop Victorian Weekend and the Glossop Beer Festival. Glossop has a number of hotel choices, ranging from cheap hotel options and bed & breakfasts to more upscale choices. The Windy Harbour Farm hotel is a good budget choice, located at the entrance to the Peak District and blessed with panoramic views of Derbyshire. The WInd in the Willows Hotel is a more upmarket option; its early Victorian country house design includes oak-panelled rooms and traditional furnishings. There are a number of travel portals that list hotels online that allow the user to compare hotels prior to deciding whether to book hotels or not.