Oxford – The Other Place

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Oxford is a lovely little town in England and famous for one of the best universities in the world. Here in Cambridge we enjoy a little imagined rivalry with Oxford (a bit like Harvard vs Yale I suppose). I have … Continue reading

Isle of Wight – a great hike off the Southern Coast

Click here for impressions of the Isle of Wight

How to get there and back – take the train to Lymington Pier and then the ferry to Yarmouth – takes almost 5hours
How long it takes – a whole day
How much I paid – £50
Where to stay – N/A
Where to eat – Yarmouth deli
What to do and see – Take a long walk across the island

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Sailing around the Isle of Wight

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National Trails – something for the outdoors-y people

The Acorn Sign

The “National Trails” are a collection of long distance footpaths and walks around England and Wales. They are marked by Acorn Signs to point the way through Nature. In Scotland similar walks called Long Distance Routes.

The National Trails are a lovely collection of trails through some of the most scenic regions of England and Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast Walk for instance has been awarded several times including being the No. 3 of the top ten walks in the world, alongside The Inca Trail in Peru and even Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

They were created by linking existing bridleways and local footpaths and filling the gaps were needed. There are 15 Trails in total spanning about 2,500 miles – if that won’t make the walking soul happy then I don’t know what would.

After my first assessment the website is very helpful in planning a walk. Ordinance survey maps are helpful to find your way and most trails have their own published guide book, but the website is so good that you won’t need that. With the trails ranging from 79 – 630 miles in distance you won’t complete them in a day, but the website caters to both crowds: those that will make an adventure expedition out of it and those that want a short (ca. 2.5 – 3 hours) walk. PDF distance charts allow you to estimate which stretch you can reasonably complete in your timeframe. Most trails have PDFs on shorter walks you can do and some have the whole trail spilt up into easy sections for example the Norfolk Coast Path. This lovely trail that is snuggled against the North Sea is spilt up into seven shorter walks between 5.6 – 8.6 miles in length. The PDFs together with the Acorn Signs along the path make it relatively easy to complete these walks without troubles.

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Norwich – I would go again and again

How to get there and back – by Train (ca. 1h20min) £10.25 (with 16-25 railcard)
How long it takes – Daytrip
How much I paid –  £17
Where to stay – N/A
Where to eat – Adam & Eve Pub in Norwich
What to do and see – suggestions:Norwich Castle, Cathedral and Adam & Eve Pub

Norwich Castle

Ely: just a stonethrow from Cambridge

How to get there and back – train  £2.80(with railcard)
How long it takes – An afternoon/day
How much I paid – ~£10 (I went on a Sunday)
Where to stay – N/A
Where to eat – The Cutter Inn
What to do and see – Ely Cathedral, Cromwell’s House, the park and the river

Wildlife in Ely

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