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pebbles22
16 Jan 14 20:49
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Using this thread for ideas on where I can take mrs away for weekend break after cheltenham (she will have deserved it after my week of indulgence)... Anyway looking for a picturesque small town/village with some nice boozers, interesting shops....and a bookies....

To give you an idea the three nicest town n my county ( and up there in the top twenty in uk imo) are as follows..
Bridgnorth..beautiful riverside town, pubs bookies lovely architecture
Ludlow....beautiful town, the castle, mr underhills michellin star plenty of pubs
Much wenlock....small but beautifully formed...


Can any county match those three gems...
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Report RoyClaytonsTash January 16, 2014 8:57 PM GMT
Only got one in this county.
Oundle,bit like a prep town for Cambridge.
Report Huggy January 16, 2014 9:06 PM GMT
Harrogate--North Yorkshire
Report rogerthebutler January 16, 2014 9:09 PM GMT
Marlow (providing it's dried up by the time you're planning on going)
Amersham
Waddesdon (for the Manor and some decent pubs - you'll have to schlep into Aylesbury for the bookies)
Report Alices January 16, 2014 9:14 PM GMT
I think Stamford is better than Oundle, a lot bigger and some good pubs, cracking market on a Friday, easy to get to Melton Mowbray , Leicester and Peterborough (dump, full of eastern europeans), for a day out, Northampton and Cambridge (very nice} not far away.
Report mesmerised January 16, 2014 9:19 PM GMT
Godalming.
Report paulypaul January 16, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
Hi mesmerised, where would you recommend to stay in Godalming?
Report RoyClaytonsTash January 16, 2014 9:27 PM GMT

Jan 16, 2014 -- 9:14PM, Alices wrote:

I think Stamford is better than Oundle, a lot bigger and some good pubs, cracking market on a Friday, easy to get to Melton Mowbray , Leicester and Peterborough (dump, full of eastern europeans), for a day out, Northampton and Cambridge (very nice} not far away.


Im just sticking to the remit.Stamford is not in my home county,Oundle is.

Report SlippyBlue January 16, 2014 9:33 PM GMT
Arundel, handy for Goodwood as well. Nowhere near me of course but nice towns near South East London are thin on the ground. I like Brixton but not certain that counts or is to everyone's taste. I like the place though.
Report Alices January 16, 2014 9:38 PM GMT
You must be in Northants , Roy, I think a lot of Northamptonshire is nice, dont know much about the west side, although Towcester always looks nice, but a lot of attractive places such as Barnwell over this side, thats too small for the OP probably.
Report Burton-Brewers January 16, 2014 9:48 PM GMT
Repton former capital of Mercia and historic village with well known school
Ashbourne nice market town
Matlock Bath great views
Bakewell great farmers market and annual agricultural show and Chatsworth House
lovely historic villages all over the Peak District
Report mesmerised January 16, 2014 9:48 PM GMT

Jan 16, 2014 -- 9:26PM, paulypaul wrote:


Hi mesmerised, where would you recommend to stay in Godalming?


Try the stag on the river, v tranquil.

Report black shuck January 16, 2014 9:53 PM GMT
wells next the sea....avoid gt yarmouth kings lynn nap
Report bongo January 16, 2014 10:12 PM GMT
Good thread pebbles22 - lots of ideas in here

It does seem that towns with National Hunt only tracks are unusually nice, when there is no racing in town of course

Where I am: Sedgefield , Co Durham : a good few pubs and shops selling posh frocks, big park, and later Hardwick Hall if there is a tribute band or a fight event on.
Report Coachbuster January 16, 2014 10:25 PM GMT
Southwold
Bury st Edmunds
Woodbridge
Report SlippyBlue January 16, 2014 10:28 PM GMT
Woodbridge is a great place Coach, you know I spent many a time in that neck of the woods.Wink
Report workrider January 16, 2014 10:42 PM GMT
Slippy spent a week in ARUNDEL last year , smashing little town , near both Fontwell and as you say Goodwood ...Smashing pub down by the castle , well worth a visit , a shop in the high street has some wonderful horse prints at reasonable prices ..The owner is a smashing fellow , a cockney , I spent a few hours talking to him  he loves his work...Some really nice pubs as well , a wonderful Indian restaurant as well...
Report BrendanScrote January 17, 2014 11:21 AM GMT
Stevenage the jewel in Hertfordshire's crown
Report Coachbuster January 18, 2014 9:41 PM GMT
Slippy - i have probably drunk and been drunk  in the same fine watering holes as your good self  Grin
Report SlippyBlue January 18, 2014 10:21 PM GMT
The Maybush in Walderingfield and The Ramsholt Arms on the other side of the River Deben not far away were mainly my haunts Coach. We had our mooring by The Ramsholt. That place has got a very famous history if you look into it.
Report Coachbuster January 18, 2014 10:59 PM GMT
will look Slippy , both pubs ideal for a boating man like yourself .

you must have also been to Pin Mill on your travels ? Happy
Report s.kenbo January 18, 2014 11:02 PM GMT
Some nice places mentioned there by BB. I was born in Darley Dale, right in the middle of most of those.
Report hearts1874 January 19, 2014 12:15 AM GMT
inverness
Report rob_dylan January 19, 2014 7:36 AM GMT
Luton
Report elise January 19, 2014 9:53 AM GMT
cotswolds
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http://www.cotswolds.info/places/

glos - bibury, cirencester, boughton on the water, lower slaughter

further south

avon - bristol, bath, lacock

list is endless, attractions, historic homes & gardens, shopping, sights all across the region

we live in the cotswold water parks region, about 30 mins south of chelt,  oxford also worth considering to the east, burford on the way along the A40 from chelt, only place to avoid really is swindon in this region which is a dump
Report Knight Commander January 19, 2014 10:21 AM GMT
Portknockie
.
http://www.portknockiewebsite.co.uk/
Report mini me January 19, 2014 10:44 AM GMT
Midhurst in West Sussex!

Cool
Report SPOT THE DOG January 19, 2014 10:49 AM GMT
Arundel west sussex
Report danniellasmincepies January 19, 2014 10:57 AM GMT
Agree with Burton- Brewers and add Buxton to the list, a nice location if exploring the High peak area .
Report Shanelee1966 January 19, 2014 11:30 AM GMT
Always went to Matlock Bath as a treat in my childhood, still go now.

kenbo - I was born just down the road from you.
Report Burton-Brewers January 19, 2014 12:34 PM GMT
yes forgot Buxton, voted UK's best farmers market
Report Coachbuster January 19, 2014 12:43 PM GMT
only place to avoid really is swindon in this region which is a dump
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i'd probably add Oxford to the list as well
Report elise January 19, 2014 1:06 PM GMT
hardly in swindons league
Report s.kenbo January 19, 2014 3:37 PM GMT
Its a small world Shane.

I used to take the missus to Bakewell quite often, its only an hour from where i live now, but its a different world.
Report Shanelee1966 January 19, 2014 3:39 PM GMT
We went to Bakewell over the Christmas holiday, was a bugger to park.
Report s.kenbo January 19, 2014 3:52 PM GMT
It always is!

We always stayed at The Queens Head/Arms? and they would give you a permit for the CO-OP car park. We always had to park somewhere else first though and move the car later on.

I was born at Darley Dale hospital, and spent the first 18 months of my life in Little Longstone. Laugh
Report Shanelee1966 January 19, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
I had a mate who lived in Two Dales. Where are you now ken?
Report casemoney January 19, 2014 3:57 PM GMT
DURHAM NAP **** would be in the top 10 in the country ....Lovely place ..
Report s.kenbo January 19, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
Loughborough.

I take it you're in Sheffield? I seem to remember you mentioning the 'blades'.
Report Shanelee1966 January 19, 2014 4:37 PM GMT
I am ken
Report Nilsson Schmilsson January 19, 2014 5:06 PM GMT
burnley Laugh
Report Burton-Brewers January 19, 2014 5:13 PM GMT
what a come down lads, from the peaks to Sheffield and Loughboro Sad
Report s.kenbo January 19, 2014 5:15 PM GMT
^^ LaughLaughLaugh

I by-passed Burton on my way though! Laugh
Report Burton-Brewers January 19, 2014 5:16 PM GMT
I don't blame you m8, I by passed it 10 years ago and never went back Laugh
Report s.kenbo January 19, 2014 5:22 PM GMT
I was on a job there some years ago. It was inbetween the Bass factory and the Marmite factory, the smell was awful. Laugh
Report Burton-Brewers January 19, 2014 5:37 PM GMT
Laugh yes even Jermey Clarkson once commented on the smell, he went to school at Repton
Report Shanelee1966 January 19, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
I went there for a few days ken. Lloyds Burton steel plant.
Report Burton-Brewers January 19, 2014 6:20 PM GMT
Lloyds foundry long gone, had a couple of mates worked there
Report rupertthebear January 19, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
Crewe, Cheshire. Wonderful.
Report crystalhunt January 19, 2014 6:38 PM GMT
Son lives in Ilkley - seems like a really nice place. Civilized and lovely scenery.
Report Shanelee1966 January 19, 2014 7:08 PM GMT
bb - I went down as it closed to rescue as many raw materials as possible, very sad really, big site and lots of jobs lost.
Report ReaseHeath January 19, 2014 7:25 PM GMT
Nantwich
Chester
Knutsford (including Tatton Park)
Report Burton-Brewers January 19, 2014 7:49 PM GMT
yes it was bad shane, one m8 hade been there 30 years and got a pittance in redundancy
Report timbuctooth January 20, 2014 3:15 AM GMT
mini me 19 Jan 14 10:44 
Midhurst in West Sussex!


I went to school in Midhurst. Are you from there?
Report kansas January 20, 2014 1:11 PM GMT
Second Durham....gorgeous little city.
And Corbridge in nearby Northumberland a belter too.
Report Angel Gabrial January 20, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
Crystal Hunt i was a seasonal postman in Ilkley during my student days - lovely

Lincoln in closer to my roots, interesting little City and not mentioned, i know not a town but it has a Cathedral but town size.
Report jed.davison January 20, 2014 2:16 PM GMT
I live in Essex. The nearest nice town is in France.
Report Burton-Brewers January 20, 2014 2:59 PM GMT
Laugh
Report MrBaboon January 20, 2014 3:01 PM GMT
Laugh
Report Coachbuster January 20, 2014 6:21 PM GMT
Essex doesn't have many nice towns it has to be said , but youre taking this to the extreme with France Shocked



There are some stunningly beautiful towns in Belgium  Laugh
Report Burton-Brewers January 20, 2014 6:25 PM GMT
Laugh
Report SlippyBlue January 20, 2014 6:29 PM GMT
Coach, I was sent to Harlow for a two week residential management course. If it wasn't for the dog track there I would have truly lost the plot!
Report Coachbuster January 20, 2014 6:33 PM GMT
Didn't know there was a track there Slippy  - i always get lost driving round that place Cry

did ye know that Harlow has a listed tower block  ?  Wink
Report Coachbuster January 20, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
Colchester is a nice-ish town though  - could do with a chav clearance though esp around the high street  ,still a lot nicer than Ipswich tbf
Report SlippyBlue January 20, 2014 6:44 PM GMT
Colchester is not the worst, Chelmsford is horrible though. Friday and Saturday night all the troglodytes just want to beat each other up. I ended up at Ipswich train station at 5.30 on a Saturday after going sailing at Walderingfield. I had no idea Ipswich were at home to Norwich that afternoon, it was like Beiruit on a bad day. There were literally hundreds of riot cops all over the place. I was there in my shorts and flip flops trying to get a train back home Sad
Report Coachbuster January 20, 2014 7:11 PM GMT
Norwich and Ipswich is a lightweight affair in the big scheme of derbies.
With those flip flops and shorts on display around the station area with all those druggies and misfits  loitering ,i'm more  surprised the natives didn't pelt you with special brew cans and syringes Laugh

yeah, Chelmsford has it's moments - haven't been out at night there for ages
Report TRFC Kev January 20, 2014 7:37 PM GMT
I work in Essex, and I second Jed's point of view.

Someone mentioned Stevenage. Really?

The few times I've been it looks pretty grim.

I did a bit of work in Ware, and that looks a pretty little town.


I'd also agree with Stamford, and would add Ely and Cambridge, especially in the summer.
Report no moves January 20, 2014 7:49 PM GMT
Damascus......its a lively place at night.
Report SlippyBlue January 20, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
Stevenage is a rotten gaff, the Roaring Meg complex near the train station is full of ne'er do wells and in general the place is basically unpleasant. I lived about 15 miles from there for over a decade in a lovely little village but never went to Stevenage for anything.
Report Blades January 20, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
I live in Chelmsford and I think it's an ok place...not bad at all really!!AngryAngryAngryAngry
Report Blades January 20, 2014 7:57 PM GMT
I live in Chelmsford and I think it's an ok place...not bad at all really!!AngryAngryAngryAngry
Report FatherMaguire January 20, 2014 11:29 PM GMT
I went to Uni in Chelmsford 20 yrs ago, its alright, obviously it doesn't merit a place on the positive side of this thread but there are far worse places
Report rogerthebutler January 21, 2014 1:57 PM GMT
Braintree / Finchingfield / Halstead seem pretty pleasant in Essex?
Report jed.davison January 21, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
Finchingfield is a nice little place to be fair. Halstead and Braintree on the other hand are absolute khazis.

There are some lovely little villages in Essex as it happens. Tillingham for instance is probably the nicest place in the world on a sunny day.
Report Aunty Post January 21, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
I used to take the missus to Bakewell quite often,

Tart!
Report TRFC Kev January 21, 2014 5:12 PM GMT
There's no doubt good and bad parts everywhere, but I'm struggling in EssexHappy

There's probably nice little villages, but towns like Harlow, Chelmsford and Braintree are not places I'd want to be spending a weekend.

Saying that, I think Saffron Walden is in Essex and looks quite pretty when I've been through it.
Not sure what there is to do there, but I think Jamie Oliver's parents run a pub/restaurant there.
Report Burton-Brewers January 21, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
surely there are some nice coastal towns in Essex?
Report Coachbuster January 21, 2014 7:17 PM GMT
rogerthebutler
rogerthebutler 21 Jan 14 13:57 Joined: 01 Mar 03 | Topic/replies: 9,043 | Blogger: rogerthebutler's

Braintree / Finchingfield / Halstead seem pretty pleasant in Essex?


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That part of Essex is classified as Suffolk  Wink
Report Coachbuster January 21, 2014 7:24 PM GMT
Essex has some very nice parts in fairness, the county though tends to be judged on the merit of it's larger towns and resorts rather than the countryside and backwaters on the coastline which is where i'd love to live   .

Clacton - Basildon- Harlow - Canvey -Walton naze -Jaywick- Shoeburyness -Thurrock -Wickford - Billericay - Rayleigh -Pitsea - Epping Cry


Finchingfield - Thaxted - Saffron - Tillingham - Brightlingsea - Colchester - Dedham - Manningtree -Gt Bentley - Happy

even Southend isn't too bad at all away from the druggy streets
Report Coachbuster January 21, 2014 7:25 PM GMT
TRFC ,Saffron has probably closer ties with Cambridge than anywhere in Essex tbf
Report Dr Crippen January 21, 2014 7:41 PM GMT
Bilston near Wolverhampton is a busy little multicultural town in the West Midlands.

Many regard it as the jewel in the crown of the Black Country.

The Trumpet pub in the town is worth a visit.
The Trumpet is a famous watering hole not far from the market place by the way.

And exercising at the Bert Williams leisure center is another big attraction for visitors.

Just the job for working up a thirst for a session in the Trumpet.
Report Dr Crippen January 21, 2014 7:59 PM GMT
Bridgnorth..beautiful riverside town, pubs bookies lovely architecture

I've been there many times.

I heard that Hitler intended to make Bridgenorth his headquarters if his invasion of Britain had come off.

He'd have enjoyed taking Eva for a stroll along the Severn on a summers night.
And perhaps a pint in a pub and a bag of chips on the way home.

Alas he never knew what he'd missed.
Report History Maker January 21, 2014 8:02 PM GMT
Coggeshall and Saffron Walden
Report posy January 21, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
Re Saffron Walden and Jamie Oliver....15 years or so ago I remember his parents having a pub in a pretty village called Clavering (as a youngster Jamie was cooking).

I live in Surrey and it's difficult to think of any really nice towns apart from Farnham and perhaps Godalming and Guildford. What the county has in abundance are lots of very attractive villages and some great countryside for walking.
Report Coachbuster January 21, 2014 10:04 PM GMT
used to go in that pub around 2000 time
Report dewey January 21, 2014 10:09 PM GMT
Bathy is quite nice if you're used to that sort of thing.
Report Jack Hacksaw January 22, 2014 9:30 AM GMT
I never knew that about Bridgnorth and Hitler.

Ironic that De Gaulle was holed up in Bewdley, just down the river, during WW2.
Report TRFC Kev January 22, 2014 1:59 PM GMT
Coachbuster. I'd agree, but technically it is in Essex.

BTW, I live in Cambridge, have done for 26 years. Beautiful city, if a little pricey, and would highly recommend it to someone who wanted a short break.weekend away.
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