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40's Weekend Milton Keynes Museum

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40's Weekend Milton Keynes Museum.

Another trip to the excellent Milton Keynes museum at Stacey bushes and this time it had a 40’s weekend

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2017

The Great Dorset Steam fair


We recently visited the Steam fair located near to the village of Blanford Forum in Dorset. The fair is in its 49th year and covers over 600 acres and is one of Europes largest events, over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend

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Bourne End to Windsor along the Thames

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Another section completed along the banks of the Thames river, this time from the royal city of Windsor to Bourne end. We parked the car in Bourne end train station costing just £2 on a Saturday , then we got the train to Windsor. You will need to change train twice on the journey one at Maidenhead and again at slough before arriving at Windsor & Eton central

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MK Museum (Stacey Hill)

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It was another wet Saturday so with nothing to do we headed into Milton Keynes with a visit to Stacey hill museum. Displaying rural exhibits and old things long before MK was here . Entry fee was £9 each and if you pay gift aid your tickets will last 12 months.


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Canons Ashby

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We have visited this old place before however can find no log of it anywhere. This visit was done on a scorcher of a day so we took a picnic and drove along the back roads in Northamptonshire . You can visit the house on a timed ticket but are free to visit and walk along the gardens at your pleasure, there is also the Gift shop to help take cash from your pocket.
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Lyveden New Bield

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On a sweltering day we decided to go for a cruise around Northamptonshire and have a look around the villages . We first stopped off at Pitsford reservoir and it looked promising for a walk until we encountered a massive flood of what look liked Effulent seeping across the pathway, we turned back and set off again. We ended up near to the historic town of Oundle and found this National Trust house on the Map - Please click this link.

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Little Moreton hall

Little Moreton Hall

A fast visit to little Morton Hall on the way home just to kill some time. its a strange little place that looks like it will fall down if you sneeze in the place, also you will find a little Tea room and a nice garden as well nice place for a picnic. -
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Sizergh Castle - National Trust

Sizergh Castle


We had planned a three day walking break in the lake District Cumbria and climb a few fells in the process, but before we started we broke up the long journey by stopping here. You can find the castle near to the popular town of Kendal - Please click here to view page.

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Elmley Castle walk

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Another walk just inside the Cotswolds starting from the small village of Elmley Castle in the county of Worcestershire. The walk was around and to the summit of Bredon Hill and for views turned out to be one of the best walks we have done. You will see rolling countryside and also views for miles covering the Malvern Hills
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Tring Cut to Berkhamsted

Tring canal.

his was a walk we had done many years ago and enjoyed immensely. Its a nice ten mile walk through some of the Chilterns best countryside and best done on a sunny day. We weren't disappointed when we were met with a lovely blue sky so with sandwiches packed we headed for the start point Tring Railway Station

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St Albans & the Cathedral

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We have visited many times in the past but never had a good look around the City, also a trip to the Cathedral was planned for the visit. St Albans was once an important Roman Town named Verulamium and also for Travellers heading North on the Watling Street
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Bradwell Windmill

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Yes i know its not in Deanshanger but its still of interest to people in the Village. I have some rare pictures that were taken by my Great Grandfather Felts who lived in Wolverton and was a very keen photographer. I have not seen these pictures ever before and will be of great interest to historians
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Hastings Trip

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A Trip to Kent with visits to Hastings, Scotney castle, Bodiam Castle, Bexhill-on-sea & the Town of Battle.
Another trip this time to Kent where we stayed in the seaside town of Hastings. The Hotel was nice and some nice pubs can be found in the town, however its a bit run down unfortunately like a lot of seaside towns. We had a few places to visit and have documented them below for you to have a look at

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Somerset Trip


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Trip to Shaftesbury , Glastonbury & Wells Cathedral

The first part of our weekend away took us first to the Town of Shaftesbury in Dorset
. After a nice breakfast at Boycott farm in Stowe we set off with lovely weather to suit. Shaftesbury sits 215m above sea level and it is the only hill top settlement . The views from various points are breath taking and the town overlooks the Blackmore Vale. Please click this link to view more.

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St Ive's in Cambridgeshire

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Its been many months from the last time we ventured outside due to family commitments, but after the christmas break we finally made it out. We was going to visit Cambridge but we have been there before so we decided to visit the old coach town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire

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London Weekend Trip

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Yet more time spent in the Capital that took us to the top of London in the Shard to Fenchurch Street garden in the Sky, also London Zoo and inside Tower Bridge and into the West End to see a show, also we did not want to take the tubes so we done over 40 miles of walking so much for a relaxing weekend. Please Click here to View

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Dorset Holiday 2016

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A great 3 day break in the county of Dorset staying on a nice little campsite called
East fleet farm with great views looking down towards Chesil Beach and Fleet lagoon, after the usual performance erecting the tent with loads of swearing and moaning we decided to do a bit of walking…….Please read more

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Thames barrier to Wapping walk

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Another great trek across London starting from the Thames Barrier walking to Wapping, taking in the sights such as the isle of Dogs, Royal Greenwich, Cutty sark and Canary Wharf - please click this link to view page.

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Greys Court & Nuffield Place

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Just a day out visiting the county of South Oxfordshire, we visited a couple of National Trust properties Greys Court & Nuffield Place the home of William Morris.
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Hinton Ampner a National Trust House

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This was the second National trust house we visited whilst down on a short brake to Hampshire.
The house and garden are owned by the National Trust and are open to the public. The garden was created by Ralph Stawell Dutton (1898–1985), the 8th and last Baron Sherborne, starting in 1930, making this a modern 20th-century garden

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Mottisfont a National Trust House

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Mottisfont House and Abbey is a house owned by the national trust in rural Hampshire. The Abbey that once stood there dates from 1201 and was disestablished in 1536 during Henry VIII reign. The house is set in large landscaped gardens and the usual tea rooms and gift shops will fight for your cash as you enter

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Portsmouth Naval Docklands

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The first port of call on this small trip out was the naval city of Portsmouth in the county of Hampshire. An easy to get too destination only taking a couple of hours from Milton keynes however you may wish to stay at a hotel near to destination so you can get more in over a couple of days. The place we had come to visit was the historic naval dockland easily signposted and with good car parking

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Thames Path 2 day walking trip

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A great 2 day trip in the capital following the River Thames along the riverbank. This time we walked all the way from Richmond bridge to Chelsea harbour, over twenty miles in total. We used Kew gardens as a start point for the trips and in total we have now walked all the way to Limehouse .
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Polesden Lacey

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Another wet weekend so we decided to visit Surrey and look at the old Edwardian House Polesden Lacey. The Property now belongs to the National trust and is one of their most popular places to visit. Its easy to travel to the house it lies just off the M25 near to Dorking - please click this link to view page.

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Laycock Village & Abbey

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With great weather we decided to venture into Wiltshire and a visit to the old village of Laycock. Inside the village you will find the old Abbey that was turned into a family home, also the Fox Talbot museum - please click here to view page.

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South Kensington to Euston

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With the weather looking good we decided again to head to London and walk through some historic landmarks. This walk starts at South Kensington Tube station and heads through some of the most famous city sights London has to offer - Please click here to view page.

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Sudbury Hall & gardens

Sudbury Hall

We had planned a big walk in London but the weather was grim so we headed into Derbyshire to a National Trust house, Sudbury hall. This was a find by Gail who later confessed she had got the name wrong and it was by sheer chance it concluded into a good day out -
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Wimpole Hall & Gardens

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We last visited this place way back in 2011 on a cold January morning. Not a lot has changed but the weather was a lot warmer this time however the crowds that head for this old stately home can be massive so get there early. Its a National Trust house with a farm for the kids to see all the livestock, also large gardens and a Folly for you to walk to.
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Stratford to hampstead Heath

Parkland Walk

The starting place for this walk is the olympic village of Stratford , there are many modes of transport to reach the start, we used the Jubilee line to stratford underground station then the DLR to pudding mill lane and the start point. Stratford has seen a total redevelopment due to the 2012 olympics and you walk past the impressive stadium, soon to be the ground of West Ham - Please visit this link to view page.

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Osterley Park & Gardens

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At just a stones throw away from Heathrow Airport, you will be amazed at this tranquil huge parkland right under the flight path. The National Trust property of Osterley Park on a gorgeous day in march , made for a nice spring walk and a day to try out a new camera . The large house is surrounded by large woodlands
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Swindon & The GWR railway Museum

Swindon steam museum

A day out at the History of the GWR steam museum in Swindon. I wanted to try out my new camera so we decided due to poor weather to give it a try. Only £18 to get in and it turned out to be a great day loads to see in there and also very well set out for both Adults and Children. Please click here to view page.

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Avebury Stone Circles

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On another grim wet winters day we decided to walk around the Neolithic henge and small village of Avebury in Wiltshire , this is a unesco world heritage site and is just a great place to visit. In the summer you have to get there early or the car parks get to busy however on a wet February morning we had no problem. The Henge and museums are run by the national trust
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Shadwell & Limehouse

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Another great trip to London again visiting the Shadwell & limehouse areas, first we visited the Annie Lebernitz photography exhibition at the Wapping hydraulic power station, a project called women that's been many years in the making. Her pictures are always stunning and the venue was very atmospheric
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Walk into Greenwich London

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Another trip to London on a lovely September day with visits to Greenwich, the naval museum , the Royal Observatory , the Greenwich foot tunnel then along the thames path to the Thames Barrier. Had a good time and took some photos that i am pleased with & posted to Flickr have a look.

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Oxford Walk

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A nice 9.5 mile walk around the City of Oxford taking in the Universities and a lot of the major Tourist attractions, this route is over nice paths with very little incline. Please click this link to view page.

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Blenheim Park Walk & Woodstock

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At 13.5 miles this is a long walk however it is mostly on the flat so it makes for a good day out, it takes you through the parks that surround Blenheim Palace and was one of the most pleasant and beautiful walks we have done in quite a few years.

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Hever Castle & Chartwell House

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A great weekend trip taking in the counties of Surrey & Kent and visiting to old family homes steeped in history, and even the weather went well the whole trip.
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Canterbury & the cathedral

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A great trip to Canterbury and a visit to the Cathedral and the city - Please click this link to view page.

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The Grand Union Canal Walk

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In January we will be starting the long walk along the Grand union Canal back to Deanshanger, this page is the log of the travels we will be making. From London to Deanshanger the canal branched off into 6 separate arms they are the Paddington Arm - Regents (Thames) - Brentford (Thames) - Slough - Wendover - Aylesbury - and Buckingham. the Regents Canal - Please click here to view page.

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WW1 - canvin family members that see action in the War

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This page is dedicated to the Canvins that bravely fought in the Great War 1914 - 1918. Canvins from Australia , Canada, and England all joined the cause, and 3 of them made the ultimate sacrifice - they shall not be forgotten - Please click this link to view page.
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Where the War Started

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A classic walk and all on the flat for a change, on the hottest day this year it was still hard work. The title for this walk is “Where the war started”, we passed the house in a village called Sutton Courtenay the place where the PM Herbert Asquith signed the order declaring war on Germany
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Yorkshire Trip 2014

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A great Three days up to Yorkshire with Visits to York and Whitby,
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Arundel Castle

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The last of the winter Hotel short breaks took us to the Historical Town of Arundel and a visit to the Castle that sits majestically above the town,
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Rochester & Chatham Docks

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A Great day out in the old Historical city of Rochester then followed by trip to Chatham Docks, a great day out
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Chichester

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The only trouble with our winter expeditions is we find even more places that we must visit and explore, and on our trip yesterday into the
south Downs we found loads. We stayed friday night in a hotel just 10mile from the old Roman city of Chicester sitting in the county of West Sussex,

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Ely Cathedral & Cromwell's House

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With no walking and trekking about, due to water logged fields and floodwaters, we booked ourselves into a hotel near to the city of Ely. We have had this place on our cites to visit now for some time and it turned out to be a great trip out........... Please click this link to view page.
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Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

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Totally sick of being stuck in due to rubbish weather we had a day out, we decided on Avoncroft Museum near to Birmingham about 1hour 20 Minutes away from Deanshanger and only £7.50 to gain entry. It turned into a good day out and was well worth the visit

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Houghton Mill

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Set in an idyllic village location on an island on the Great Ouse River, Houghton Mill has inspired artists and photographers for generations. Come and experience the sound and atmosphere of a traditional working mill, have a go at making flour or lose yourself in the tranquillity of the riverside setting. Click this link to view page
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Crofton Bem Engines

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A great day out visiting the old Steam beam engines in Crofton, please visit the page to have a more detailed look.

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The Ashmolean Oxford

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Nice visit to Oxford to see Darrel & Visit the turf Tavern and the Ashmolean Museum
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The Bridgewater Monument

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Nice trip around one of our Favourite walks in the North Chilterns, this one took us up the 170 steps to the top of the Bridgewater Monument. Please click this link to view page.
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Lincoln & The Cathedral

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A day out to the Historic town of Lincoln, and a look around the Cathedral,
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Winchester Cathedral

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A great trip to Winchester in Hampshire to visit the cathedral and the shops around this city. Please click this link to
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Salisbury

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Salisbury
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A great Trip to Salisbury in Wiltshire, please
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Upton House & Gardens

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A visit to the National Trust property Upton House in Warwickshire.
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Olympic Torch in Buckingham

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This morning I took Adam, Jade and my mum to Buckingham to see the Olympic Torch relay.  The weather stayed nice and parking was much easier than I thought it would be. There was a great atmosphere there, and we all really enjoyed it!!!
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Wendover Canal & Halton House

A great walk through the chilterns, this time down the Wendover canal and through Halton camp then back to Wilstone reservoir
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Hardwick Hall

Bad weather changed our plans, so we went to Hardwick Hall and it was worth the visit. Please click this link

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Windsor castle

A trip out to the regal Windsor castle, please click this link.
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Furtho Church & Dovecote

A trip across the fields from Cosgrove to Deanshanger, took us into this old church long forgotten . Have a look at this link for info on the trip and some local history.
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Ironbridge & the gorge

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Great trip out to Ironbridge, the museums and the Gorge. Please click this link for the page.
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A Chequers Walk.

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A 8.6Mmi walk into the Chiltern hills, we walked around the Hills over looking the estate of Chequers and the wend over hills.
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Lathkill Dale Peak district


Great day out in the Peak District, we went to Lathkill Dale for a 11 mile hike. Please see our walks on the left for a report or
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Stoke Goldington Steam Ralley 2011

Again we visited the Stoke Goldington Steam Rally, Not a bad day but we have been now many times and not a lot has changed so we may miss it for a few years. Took just a few photos just to put onto the site have a look below, please note that some photos are from last year
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Berkhamstead Castle



An 11 mile walk that included Berkhamsted Castle, please click this link to look at the page
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Baddesley Clinton & Packwood House

We visited two lovly national trust propertys out near Birmingham Today. First we visited Packwood house The house is originally 16th-century, yet its interiors were extensively restored between the world wars by Graham Baron Ash to create a fascinating 20th-century evocation of domestic Tudor architecture. Packwood House contains a fine collection of 16th-century textiles and furniture, and the gardens have renowned herbaceous borders and a famous collection of yews. We then visited Baddesley Clinton witch you must visit. This atmospheric house dates from the 15th century and was the home of the Ferrers family for 500 years. The house and interiors reflect its heyday in the Elizabethan era, when it was a haven for persecuted Catholics ¿ there are three priest's holes. There is a delightful garden with stewponds and a romantic lake and nature walk




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Baddesley Clinton & Packwood House

 

 

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Pitstone Green Farm Museum

Found this lovely little farm museum near the village of Ivinghoe buckingshire. Cost only £4 to get in and there was loads of things for us to see. The farm contains old farm machinery and other things rural. Also large collection of radios and a full reconstruction of a Lancaster Bomber cockpit that is fully complete in every detail. Take a look at the web site and remember that it only opens on the 2nd Sunday of the month, so next open day will be the 11th July 2010. Please have a look at the Youtube Video below i done. I have also included a googlemap for easy directions.


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Coton Manor Bluebell woods

Went to the lovely Coton Manor in Northants, to see the Bluebell woods. The flowers were a week past their best but still a great walk with the camera through the woods. Cost £5 to get into the place and well worth it. Only trouble is they will not let you take a picnic in as they like you to eat at there facilities which i think is a bit mean !. They have a great web site so click here to view. . Please also find a map below so you can take a look, the wild flower meadow will not be that long now.

Below is some photos for you to view and also a little HD video, also a Map for you to plan your visit.

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Stoke Goldington Steam ralley


Had another great day at the Stoke Goldington Steam Rally. Not far from deanshanger on the back roads and well worth the £7.50 to get in. A great display of old stem engines and static engines, old cars and various other interests. Made a small video, you can run it in HD. Anyway hope you enjoy it.

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Old Family pictures just arrived.

Got these old family pictures in from Steve with reference to the Felts family that lived in Wolverton. Of no interest to non-family members but some great old pictures inside this collection. Please have a browse through them, it may take a while there are over 160!!!
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A4 Pacific Through Castlethorpe

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Well, we made our way to
Castlethorpe down to the railway bridge to view the A4 Pacific Steam Train thunder past. It left Wolverton station at about 9:33 am and you could see the steam rising clearly, so no missing it. We set up cameras and Video gear but the thing was past us in no time. Took some pictures but my good friend David Moultrie took the above picture a few miles up track. I have posted a small video for you to see hope you enjoy.
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A4 Pacific steams through MK next week

The A4 pacific class steam train comes to Milton keynes Next week. The A4 60019 Bittern will leave Mk station bound for manchester at about 9:28 on the morning of the 27th Match 2010. Both my brother-in-law Andy and myself will be out with the cameras to get some good pictures. A brief history of the A4 below was by my cousin Roy canvin

This locomotive arrived at the Mid-Hants Railway on 31 August 2001 and underwent a complete restoration.
Bittern was built at the LNER works in Doncaster at the end of 1937. The locomotive was numbered 4464 and painted garter blue. Initially Bittern was based at Heaton in Newcastle and served the famous Flying Scotsman train in the section between King's Cross and Newcastle. Normally Bittern would leave Newcastle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15 and return pulling the Flying Scotsman train the next day, leaving King's Cross at 10:00.
After WW2 Bittern served on the well known Talisman service (King's Cross to Edinburgh at 16:00) between King's Cross and Newcastle.
By 1963 with the much reduced steam services in England the handful of the remaining A4 locomotives were moved to Scotland and put in storage. After a short period Bittern was moved to Ferryhill at Aberdeen and ran to Edinburgh and Glasgow. This service only lasted three years. On 3rd September 1966 Bittern pulled its last public service train as a return trip from Glasgow to Aberdeen. Bittern was in fact the last A4 in public service, along with Kingfisher (No 60024).
Bittern was withdrawn from British Railways traffic on 5th September 1966 and was bought by Geoff Dury on 12th September 1966. Over the next few years Bittern ran a number of steam special excursions and made appearances on private lines. In 1988 the locomotive had an identity change. Bittern was painted silver, renumbered 2509 and renamed as Silver Link.
In 1995 a major restoration of Bittern was begun at the Great Central Railway in Loughborough but never completed.
In April 1997 Dr Tony Marchington purchased Bittern to complement his other steam locomotive Flying Scotsman. This seemed entirely appropriate since in the late 1930s Bittern was one of a group of Gresley class A4 steam locomotives which took over the duties of the Gresley class A3s (including Flying Scotsman). The Flying Scotsman train is one of the most famous in the world leaving King's Cross in London at 10:00 each morning for Edinburgh. The locomotive was in a stripped down state when bought by Dr Tony Marchington in 1997 and moved to Southall in London.
During 2000 Bittern was purchased by a London businessman from Tony Marchington and now resides at the Mid-Hants Railway.
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British Museum

Went to the british museum and to the tower of london for a great day out yesterday on my birthday. Went down by Virgin trains in only 30 mins and then took the tube. The tower of london was about £32 for two to get in and was well worth it for the cost, however i do feel that Hampton Court was much better day out. Then we went off to the british museum for a fast look around but run out of time. Anyway please have look at the photos many thanks.
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Duxford

Made our way to Duxford RAF war museum. Weather was very cold but we had a great day out. Cost about £33 to get in but well worth it. Loads of old airplanes in there from Ww1 to present day, anyway took a few snaps so have a look.

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