Drive Around: England and Wales: Your Guide to Great Drives: Top 25 Tours

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The best of England and Wales, from the national parks of the Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia bird-filled marshes of East Anglia, and from the rural delights of the Cotswolds to the big-city attractions of York, Oxford, Cambridge and Bath, with suggested driving tours.

Thomas Cook Drive Around Guides are designed to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible reference source to guide you as you tour a country or region by car. This guide ...

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Overview

The best of England and Wales, from the national parks of the Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia bird-filled marshes of East Anglia, and from the rural delights of the Cotswolds to the big-city attractions of York, Oxford, Cambridge and Bath, with suggested driving tours.

Thomas Cook Drive Around Guides are designed to provide you with a comprehensive but flexible reference source to guide you as you tour a country or region by car. This guide divides England and Wales into touring areas – one per chapter. Major cultural centers or cities form chapters in their own right. Each chapter provides at least a day’s worth of activities – often more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841577906
  • Publisher: Cook, Thomas Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Drive Around - Thomas Cook Series
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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"Flying westwards from Dover above the white cliffs and chalk downlands of southern Britain, our crow might pinpoint the tall spire of Salisbury cathedral and Stonehenge's mysterious megaliths, then spy the sweeping moorland contours of Exmoor and Dartmoor on its port and starboard wings before running out of English air space over the churning surf of the Hartland coast."

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Table of Contents


About Drive Around Guides     8
England and Wales at a glance     10
Introduction     12
Travel facts     14
Driver's guide     24
Getting to England and Wales     30
Setting the scene     32
Highlights     38
Northumberland and Hadrian's Wall: Hadrian's Wall marches across a timeless landscape     40
North Pennines: Durham stands on the edge of England's Pennine wilderness     50
East Lakes: Windermere and Ullswater: The lakes and hills of Wordsworth's romantic poetry     58
West Lakes: Beyond the beaten track into the wilder parts of the Lake District     68
Yorkshire Moors: Abbeys, castles and stately homes, plus the city of York     80
Yorkshire Dales: Limestone peaks, waterfalls and caves, and stately Harrogate     90
Peak District: Greystone villages and packhorse bridges     100
Wolds and Fens: A land of water, wide skies and architectural treasures     110
The Welsh Marches: The delights of Ludlow, Chester and Shrewsbury     118
The Cotswolds: Quintessential English tea shops, cottages and rose gardens     126
Thames Valley and Chilterns: Oxford, Windsor, Eton and the stately Thames     136
Norfolk: the Broads and the Samphire Coast: Beaches, birds, brickand flint houses and medieval Norwich     146
Suffolk and North Essex: Constable's home, a land of gentle hills and soaring spires     156
Snowdonia: The highest peaks in England and Wales     166
Pembrokeshire Coast: Surfing beaches and castle-crowned towns     176
Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons: Timber architecture, bookshops and magnificent walks     184
Rural Kent and the Cinque Ports: From ancient marshes to smuggler-haunted ports     194
Sussex and the Weald: Brighton's exotic pavilion and the chalk cliffs of the Downs     204
Around the Solent: Maritime heritage and the villages of the New Forest     214
Wiltshire and North Somerset: Avebury, Stonehenge and Glastonbury     222
Dorset and East Devon: Bournemouth, Weymouth and the cliffs of Lyme Regis     232
Exmoor and Hartland: Coastal drama, jutting capes and wild moorland     242
Dartmoor and South Hams: Dark inland moors, sunny fertile valleys and magical estuaries     250
Cornwall: Land of fishing villages and Arthurian legend     260
London: The nation's museum-packed, fun-filled capital     270
Index     283
Feedback form     287
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