All in England & UK

Climbing Kinder Scout from Edale

Sharing some pictures of Kinder Scout in the Peak District today as I recover from a wicked flu. This is one of the highest points in the Peak District and WOW was the scenery gorgeous! The weather was perfect, one of the warmest days yet. I could sit and look at the sprawling views all day. Purple heather was everywhere. Bliss!

5 Ways England Surprised Us

Monday marked the one year anniversary of our move to England. Craaazyyyyy! We've been rather reflective lately, thinking back on the places visited and lessons learned, what we miss about America and which British customs we plan to bring home. Overall, we have been pleasantly surprised by many aspects of life in the UK. Here are 5 things that particularly surprised us...

Doyles Take England: Devon and Exmoor National Park

Three nights in Devon with lots of hiking! Devon has coastline in both the north and the south, touching both the Bristol Channel and the English Channel. We stayed in a small town called Lynton in the northern part of the county, very close to Somerset, with views over the Bristol Channel. Exmoor National Park is in North Devon, and we planned to explore that area during our stay. Everything about this area was beautiful...

Doyles Take England: Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon

We barely scratched the surface on this quick visit to Bath and I hope we make it back sometime soon. We enjoyed the gorgeous 18th century Georgian architecture, Bath Abbey, and the river. We had another gorgeous day so we were able to wander the little streets without needing to worry about ducking inside. Next time, I would love to tour the old Roman bathhouse - the best preserved in the world - and have tea at the Pump Room. Also, Jane Austen lived in the city for a few years and as her biggest fan, it would be irresponsible not to visit some of her old stomping grounds and the Jane Austen Centre!

Doyles Take England: the Cotswolds

Oh, the dreamy Cotswolds! Connor, his parents, Penny and I based ourselves at a B&B in Ablington, a tiny village with a small river, a manor house, and only a few roads. To say I envied Isabel, our hostess, would be an understatement. Her setup is dreamy. She hosts visitors in a gorgeous, traditional 3 bedroom stone house where she moved after she ran out of patience with London. She works from home, her horse boards down the road, and her dog accompanies her everywhere.

Weekend on England's Jurassic Coast

One bucket list item that we've been dying to check off our list this summer is a visit to the Jurassic Coast on the English Channel. This part of the coast is England's only natural World Heritage Site, which places it in the same category as the Great Barrier Reef, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone. Of the 1,000 or so World Heritage Sites, less than 200 are naturally occurring, and England's Jurassic Coast looked positively dreamy

Walking in the Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a popular walking destination in England made up of river valleys and hills. A "dale" is a valley, a word derived from old Nordic and Germanic languages. Dales throughout the county of Yorkshire are named after their corresponding river: Swaledale, Wharfedale, etc. After a fabulous breakfast in Leeds, we drove to tiny Kettlewell and tackled the Great Whernside walking route, heading for the rocky summit of Wharfedale. Gorgeous day!!

1 Day in York

When you close your eyes and picture England, what pops into your head? London and it's dazzling buildings along the Thames? Rolling green fields with sheep as far as the eye can see? Rain, fog, and bowler hats? Tiny villages of stone? Or how about York? Beautiful, quaint, Medieval York is the England I envisioned before setting foot on the island. An easy, unforced combination of past and present, clean and well-kept despite its ancient buildings, very traditional yet not outdated.