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England - South and West Coast

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 2 August 2010 | Views [436]

 England July 24th - August 2nd

Well here we are England with no accommodation and to our surprise everything is completely full.  Any seaside town is completely overrun by city dwelling locals.  After a train ride from Gatwick airport to Brighton and a few phone calls with Holly panicking that we will be sleeping on the streets tonight.  We found a place in Worthing only a block from where my dad once lived.  We stayed there for 3 days. The night we arrived there was a brilliant firework show and nice local market the next day and a car show on our last day.  We decided it was time to get out and see the places where my dad grew up and some of sights of southern England so we rented a car for three days.  We had booked our next two nights and off we went down very narrow windy roads. Lucky I had gotten the road maps for my GPS or we would still be lost in the maze of roads that just wind though farmer fields and along the coast.  We visited a few small traditional towns getting fish and chips at least once a day.  A quick walk at Barry head and then we went to catch what had to be the shortest ferry ride in the world at Dartmouth.  The ride took a hole 63 seconds from start to finish.  A short drive to Dartmouth castle from the ferry and then we were off to where they trained for Normandy at Salptonley beach.  Our first night that was spent in Plymouth at a Hostel.   In the morning we walked around Plymouth and it’s citadel along the coast by a seaside pool.  Next would be Polperro where we would have to walk down to the town as there was no cars allowed.  It was a nice traditional town with tiny shops, narrow streets, and a small harbour.  We where off to the most southerly point of England next (Lizard Point).  I stood for a quick shot.  I have know been at the most southern point of New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and England J  LOL..  We were headed to Newqua to the Lusty Glaze lodge which had a nice view of the ocean and was a nice hotel in its day.  Now it was very much in need of a makeover but would do for the night.   Fish and chips for dinner  Mmmmmm.  We walked to a close by beach for the sunset.  We headed up the West coast with lots of beaches below steep cliffs. My dad had suggested we stop in Cloverly to see a nice original old town but they were charging 12 quid per person.  How charges to see a town???  We didn’t go down but just view it from the cliffs.  A quick drive through Wadebridge where my dad was born and off to the Barnstaple Markets. We stopped at Woolacombe beach for an ice-cream cone and a quick walk on what was a very popular beach with hundreds tourists every where.  We stopped a pub for dinner and to ask directions to our next home.  It had a pool so we went for a quick dip and off to bed.  I had 4 hours of driving ahead of me in the morning to get back to Worthing to return the car hoping the didn’t notice I scratched the rim on a curb.  A little sticky jam and a days worth of breaks dust goes a long way to hid scratches  LOL  they didn’t notice YA.  Onto the train and back to London for our last 2 days in England.  We went to town to see the changing of the Guards, Parliament, Big Ben, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, and a ride on the London Eye.  After about 6 hours of walking we were ready to head back to the hostel to rest our feet and get a good night sleep.   Our last day would be spent in Crawley at a hotel with a fitness center attached so we could swim and relax in the hot tub.  We had many choices on how to get back to Spain but Holly’s choice was to jump on the Channel Ferry  (a two day cruise) to Bilbao Spain.  

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