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    Spa Valley Railway

    Tucked away in the historic hillside town of Tunbridge Wells, lies the charming station link of the Spa Valley Railway. Walk through the doors of the beautifully preserved station house and you will find yourself transported back to the days of steam and mechanisation, with plenty to spark your interest as you wait for the tell-tale chug-chug-chug sound that means your ride is about to arrive. Originally opened in 1866, The Spa Valley Railway provided an additional route for tourists to journey through the area of outstanding natural beauty known as the High Weald from the South Coast of England to Central London and Kent. Today, the railway line offers…

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    Brecon Beacons – Friend or Foe?

    Our trip to Wales started as any other trip. Little did we know the challenges that we would face. My motivation for this post is two-fold in its duplicity. I have seen comments from fellow bloggers on media posts regarding the glossing over and less honest approach to make a location more favourable in a review. I wanted to combat that with a post that show both sides of the coin. This post shows that there is always more than one way to look at something and in fact, that even an unfortunate day can be turned into something brighter with the right outlook. Dusk was falling as we pulled…

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    The Sculpture Garden

    In the middle of the Surrey countryside, the Sculpture Park is made up of acres of woodland trails, carefully crafted to create the perfect showgrounds for hundreds of sparkling examples of local sculpture. Founded on one man’s dream. this stunning landscape has gradually shaped into a green oasis combining art and the outdoors into one tranquil experience. Step onto a trail and enjoy discovering the work of over 150 independent sculptors. The forest feel really works. The sun glittering through the trees transporting you into your own secret garden, with the hushed sound of water trickling in the background from the dreamy streams and ponds. Almost all exhibitis are for…

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    Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

    On the east side of the Jurassic coastline sit the sleepy village of Lulworth. Known for its famous fossil beaches, this seaside hideaway is also home to Lulworth Cove and its adjoining neighbour, Durdle Door. The sloping cliff sides and beach pools make the area a popular destination for tourists, holiday makers and the odd person passing through, like myself. As an easy walker and in need of a little chill time, I decided to throw my plan book for the day out of the window and find out why Lulworth is one of those talked about places. Durdle Door – one of the most well-known landmarks along the Jurassic…

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    Rye

    Rye is one of those little seaside towns that holiday-makers flock to for Summer trips just like the golden ones of days gone by. A pretty port town sitting atop of steep cliffs, Rye offers mystery, history and outdoor activities for everyone along along with a vintage charm. 2 hours – With dark past of smugglers merchants and pirates, Rye’s history draws in the smallest of visitors with its tall tales of secret hideouts and war-time victories. Our first stop was to the Heritage centre where the included model centre and The Story of Rye exhibition taught us more. Hungry for both food and eager to find out more we…