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A Day Out With Elspeth in Leicester

I realised that this is one of the few counties of England that I’ve never been to – not counting the day the train died here and I had a quick wander.   FORGIVE ME, IT’S A LONG ONE. PICTURES ARE COMING   I was in a Midlands m...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 29, 2016

A Day Out with Elspeth In Southwell (and Newark again)

I’m doing the cathedrals of England, and I’m nearly done. The big ones, that is. I’m less bothered by parish church cathedrals, and even less so by most of the catholic ones. It’s not the title, it’s the church itself; so I’m more keen to...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 1, 2016

A Day Out With Elspeth in the Suffolk Wool Towns

Part 1 – Lavenham You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? If you’ve read my Coasthopper Bus or Quest for East Anglia’s Prettiest Village pieces, you’ll know that I like Lavenham. I said it is my favourite village/small town in Suffolk...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on May 8, 2016

A Day out with Elspeth in The Real Mary King’s Close

When I say a day, I mean an hour. That’s how long it lasts. For £15.   Let me put this Edinburgh Royal Mile attraction’s entry fee into perspective. It’s up to double a cinema ticket, which lasts twice as long. £15 is what you’d p...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Feb 26, 2016

A Day Out With Elspeth in Southwold and Walberswick

Before I introduce you to these Suffolk seaside places, I would like to speak of the kindness I found in nearby Halesworth. Not only the friendliness at the event I attended, but when something went wrong, and from strangers in the street.   Sou...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Feb 7, 2016

A Day Out With Elspeth at Sutton Hoo

    or A Hoo Ha or Horton hears a Hoo or Dr/Sutton Who-oo, the Tardis. Does anyone remember that song?   I refer of course to the humps across the river Deben from Woodbridge in Suffolk that you have to go 4 miles round to get to and p...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jan 14, 2016

A Day Out With Elspeth in Stowmarket

Oh little town of Slowmarket How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The rest of the world goes by And in thy dark streets shineth And gathered all above While locals sleep the angels keep Their watch of wondering love   Wha...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jan 12, 2016

A Day Out With Elspeth in Lincoln and Newark

I’d not been to Lincoln for a dozen years and wondered how the exciting things that the marketing teams told me about had developed. Well, access by rail hasn’t improved – you can only really get to Newark or Nottingham and I wasn’t coming fr...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jan 6, 2016

A Day Out with Elspeth in Chichester

For 20 years, I’ve been visiting the cathedral cities of England. I’m nearly done; so I savour each new city, knowing the pleasure of first arrival, first sighting,  first walking up to the church – how will it appear? is not to be...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Feb 6, 2015

A Day Out With Elspeth in Canterbury

I’m not one to often speak of road numbers – I’m very conscious of Bill Bryson’s observation about that as a British past time – but my thoughts of Canterbury begin at the A2, the London to Dover road. You have the same view from the Eurost...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Sep 24, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Canterbury

I’m not one to often speak of road numbers – I’m very conscious of Bill Bryson’s observation about that as a British past time – but my thoughts of Canterbury begin at the A2, the London to Dover road. You have the same view from the Eurost...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Sep 24, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth On A Bus Named Lady Fermoy

I reprised my trip aboard Norfolk Green and Coasthopper buses, and this time was on one named after Ruth COMMA Lady Fermoy, friend of Queen mum who made her grandchild Princess Diana cry. I did the bit I couldn’t do with Pocahontas and kept to...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 24, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth On A Bus Named Lady Fermoy

I reprised my trip aboard Norfolk Green and Coasthopper buses, and this time was on one named after Ruth COMMA Lady Fermoy, friend of Queen mum who made her grandchild Princess Diana cry. I did the bit I couldn’t do with Pocahontas and kept to...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 24, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Rouen

The world’s best timbered city? This time I go international, and to the capital of Normandy. I’d long seen pictures of this city and wondered if it would be a cunning 1 street (like Worcester’s Friar’s St) made to look like m...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 10, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Rouen

The world’s best timbered city? This time I go international, and to the capital of Normandy. I’d long seen pictures of this city and wondered if it would be a cunning 1 street (like Worcester’s Friar’s St) made to look like m...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 10, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Tewkesbury

My favourite small town so far Tewkesbury’s status as such comes from having an abbey in cathedral league, for alleys and attractive main streets – one which looks like a village, the other a small town. There’s a mill and meadows...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 4, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Tewkesbury

My favourite small town so far Tewkesbury’s status as such comes from having an abbey in cathedral league, for alleys and attractive main streets – one which looks like a village, the other a small town. There’s a mill and meadows...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 4, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Stamford

The Easterner’s Cotswold fix I think this was my first stone town – that of warm, golden beige, unmarred by the grey of age or industry, and I was enchanted; I still am. I like that even the modern housing enclave by the station is made...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 3, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Stamford

The Easterner’s Cotswold fix I think this was my first stone town – that of warm, golden beige, unmarred by the grey of age or industry, and I was enchanted; I still am. I like that even the modern housing enclave by the station is made...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on Jun 3, 2014

A Day Out With Elspeth in Swindon

Your joy is complete That’s what I want to official town tagline to be. If you read the Thursday Next stories by Jasper Fforde, you’ll be forced to go to Swindon against your will. I wasn’t the only one who felt that. You’ll...
by Elspeth's Naughty Guides on May 31, 2014


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