Top sites to see across Oxford city centre

This city is probably best known for being home to the UK’s oldest university, however, this city is home to so much more with history and culture to see all around you. 

Whether you are in Oxford for a day, weekend or even a week this list should give you lots to do while you are there and if you are anything like me still feel like there is still so much more to explore of this classic city.

Museums

This city is all about learning so its no surprise that there are several museums found across Oxford with something for everyone’s taste you are bound to find one for you.  

Botanic Gardens

Want to explore more of the green spaces in the city then a trip to the Botanic gardens is one to add to your list while navigating your way around the city.

Radcliff Square

Trip to Oxford would be complete without a short walk through Radcliff square and getting a pic of the iconic Radcliff Camera (basically a library for the university)

St. Mary’s Church

Fancy getting more of a bird’s eye view of the city then heading up the tower of St.Mary’s Church is a must and located right next to the Radcliff square visiting both these sites at the same time couldn’t be easier.

Covered Market

This classic historic market has it all from a bite to eat to a spot of shopping, if you want to experience less of the tourist areas then just walking through here will get you to experience from local farmer stalls to small cafes with students having a coffee between lectures will give you a sense to day to day life is like.

University Parks

Another area of green space in the city is the university park with art pieces, bridges along various waterways and ponds a walk around the park is one thing that you defiantly want to do.

Bridge of Sighs

One of the quicker stops you will possibly want to make while in Oxford is walking past the Bridge of Sighs which is also right by Radcliff Square so if you are heading there would recommend walking past the bridge ticking this site of the Oxford bucket list.

Hopefully, this has helped you plan your time in Oxford and some of the sites to visit or inspired you to plan a trip there yourself. 

Best walks and hikes in Shropshire

Shropshire is most likely a place you have never heard but this underrated county is defiantly somewhere you will want to add to your travel destinations for England this county has so much too often from small villages to town full of culture and history however Shropshire is best known as being home to the birthplace of Charles Darwin but this rural farming county which borders Wales is home to a whole lot more. With not one city within the county if it is a rural escape you are after then this is the place you will want to come.

Areas of outstanding natural beauty take up a large amount of the county’s area with even mobile signal unattainable in certain areas, so if you want to get away from the rushes of life and get some time in nature when in the UK than coming to Shropshire is for you, from day time walks to hilltops with a view which is even perfect for watching the sunset and stars on a clear night I have you covered.

Here are just a few of my favourite and most accessible walking and hiking routes across the beautiful county.

Long Mynd

The Long Mynd is normally associated with Carding Mill Valley causing these two locations to come as a pair, in part of Shropshire’s area of outstanding natural beauty and when there you can understand why, with streams and waterfalls to a range of wildlife across the valley. The Long Mynd itself is a plateau across the landscape making its heather-covered hills accessible to most.

With many walks across the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley, you will never run out of places to walk with a car park and tea rooms also available, you could even drive up the hill and save yourself the walk if all you are after is the amazing view which you will get at the top.

The Wrekin

People from Shropshire often use the phase going round the Wrekin but with little reference to the actual Hill itself, but this short walk is defiantly a must-do with 360 across Shropshire and the Black Country that is a must-see. The Wrekin is often believed to be an old volcano however to most people disappoint this is not true, however, the hill does have an igneous background.

This walk takes most around an hour at a relaxed pace with the stunning the views and iron age fort at the top, as well as a café halfway up giving you a lovely little pit stop on your way, most of the way up the Wrekin is also covered in woodland giving you a bit of everything on this gentle walk.

Top of the Wrekin

The Stiperstones

The Stiperstone is known for their more rocky and ridged look, with the highest point being around 530m with the views of this rugged landscape, not ones to miss. The most famous part of the Stiperstones is known as Devils Chair which is one of the 6 rocky outcrops and the point most people head to when climbing up.

Stiperstones have amazing 360 views as well as views back across the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley in the centre of Shropshire’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The rocky crops seen across the Stiperstones being some of the oldest rocks that are visible in the world making this hike one you want to take.

Clee Hills

There are two hills which make up the Clee Hills you have the Brown Clee also known for being the highest point in Shropshire and Titterstone Clee. The two hills are about a 30-minute drive away from each other and both being walkable in a day if you so wish. The Brown Clee can be found in Cavern Arms and Titterstone Clee in Ludlow with both towns being full of history and culture a trip up the hill and then into the town also makes a great day out.

Both walks are doable by many with you even being to drive up most of the Titterstone Clee however the views are still some of the best, when on a clear allowing you to see as far as Snowdonia (yes you are that close to Wales!). These two hills hold a lot of culture and history behind them and while there may be one of the more out of the way walks they are still worth the trek to them.

Top of Titterstone Clee

Wenlock Edge

This National Trust site is most likely famous of all these walks being a site special scientific interest thanks to the geology of the area (can even find a fossil or many in areas along the edge). The edge itself is 18miles long however there are car parks so you don’t have to walk the full 18 miles and just take shorter strolls.

A long Wenlock edge there is a mix of woodland forest and evidence of its industrial use with the old quarry site still being seen. This gentle walk even has viewpoints which looks across the valley as you go and with the nearby town of Much Wenlock you won’t be short of somewhere to find a bite to eat.

Hope these walks inspire you to come to Shropshire and to add this beautiful county to your bucket list for when in England.

Top 6 cities to visit in England

England is known as being full of rolling hills and scenic views but its cities are also something to marvel at with each English city having its unique features to it. While there are many cities up and down the country each with their sites to see and wonders to discover these are probably my favourite cities in England to go visit.

1. Newcastle

This city is probably best known for its nightlife but there is plenty you can do during the day in this city, for example seeing the Angle of the North which gives Newcastle the title as the ‘gateway to the North’ there are still plenty of castles, museums and walks around the city which will keep you busy as well as bars and cafes.

2. London

What would a list of English cities be without the capital on it? Having been London a few times already I still feel like there is still so much this city can offer from museums and art galleries through to various buildings and pieces of amazing architecture. 

3. Oxford

This city is probably best known for being home to the University of Oxford however there is so much more to see and do in this beautiful city from the botanical garden to museums and parks there is something for everyone in this city.

4. Birmingham

This black country city does have more to offer than you think. With a large number of attractions in this city from Cadbury’s World, The Thinktank through to the Sea Life Centre there is always something to do when I visit as well as the Bullring known for shopping a day or even weekend in Birmingham is never boring.

5. Bath

Another must-see city is Bath which of course is best known for the Roman baths, however, the rest of the architecture across the city is something not to be missed with places to visit right across the city as well as several cafes and restaurants for a lovely bite to eat during your time here.

6. Liverpool

This seaside city is full of history and culture when in Liverpool a trip for a walk along the beach is always in order but there are so many other things you can do from Royal Albert Dock to a trip to the Cavern Club as well as several museums.

These are just a few of my favourite cities to visit up and down England with there being so many more to visit as well. If you are travelling to England or fancy exploring more of the country you live in these cities will have plenty for you to see and do. 

Travel plans 2021

With travel plans for 2020 getting cancelled one after another, I thought why not plan my travel adventures for the year ahead, instead of just dwelling on the situation because life is too short for that.

Using the rest of the year to plan and save for my travels in 2021 as well as travel around my local area a bit more seeing sites and going places that I haven’t before.

Scotland

As I will be starting my masters degree at the start of the year in Scotland, planning places to go and looking for sites to see across the country that I can go visit during my studies.

Nepal/Mount Everest Base Camp

September I will finally be going to Nepal where I will be climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest as well as visiting the Chitwan National park, as part of a Charity Challenge have been doing.

Germany

For Christmas 2021 I plan to go to the Christmas markets in Germany as well as visits across the country in what will hopefully be a COVID free Christmas


Don’t forget comment below any of your travel plans and where you will be navigating the Globe in 2021.


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Faye

Dealing with cancelled travel plans during COVID-19

For all of us who love to travel COVID-19 can be rather difficult with travel being put to a standstill and with the government guidelines on where you can travel and the rules on returning from those countries changing constantly and a lot of the time last minute just causing more frustration. 

Anyone from the UK will have a lovely list of countries which we can go to without quadrating when we return making travel seem possible again but with recent changes in Spain and now possibly France, it makes the goal of travelling off wherever around the globe just seem like it will never happen again.  

Having recently had my climb to the Base Camp of Mount Everest cancelled till next year and the idea of getting to go for a short break aboard somewhere else seem impossible I thought I’d put together a few hopefully helpful tips on how to cope with planning a vaccination during COVID-19 but also for if the plans have to change.   

1. It’s okay to be frustrated

This I feel is an important one to remember I wasn’t surprised that my trip got postpone till next year but I still hoped that things would improve so that I could go. I was so frustrated and annoyed I being sorting all my kit I would need, planning, getting all excited to go and in one message all that excitement was gone. Taking a moment or two to be annoyed let out some of the frustration is ok, but remember complaining to the company won’t change anything the decision would have been made for your health and safety they want you flying on that plane to your chosen destination as much as you. 

2. Look for other travel dates

This is one is a good thing to think about. I was lucky and offered to complete the climb in 2021 or 2022 so while I’m annoyed I can’t go this year I at least I still can just have to wait a bit. But contact the company/companies you have booked with seeing if you can move days around, remember you are going to this place because you want to see it so even if it’s in a month or even a year you are still getting to travel there.  

3. Do you want to quartine?

Now while travel to some countries is completely banned for us Brits others such as Spain, you can visit you will just have to quarantine for 2 weeks when you return, so if you have a trip booked to a “quarantine country” and are you able to quarantine when you return, if you still feel okay with going to that country then you can pack your bags and go still.  

4. Consider changing location

If your trip is cancelled considering swapping locations the country you are going to isn’t going anywhere, so visiting when it is safer will probably give you a better time there. If you still want to go aboard see what other countries you can travel too.  

5. Have a plan B

If something happens which means you can’t go aboard but still want to get away then why not consider a staycation. Travel somewhere in your home country which you have never had the chance to see, explore where you live. You can even get on a plane still to go to some of these locations such jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands parts of Scotland as well you can fly too just go online and see where you go. 

So while plans aboard may change last minute and UK weather may have not been what you had planned originally just remember that everyone is doing the best they can and getting mad at everyone isn’t going to solve anything.  

So if we all do our bit, if we all do our best to stay safe, wash our hands and wear face masks if you can and where you can. This will all become a memory in the past which we can all look back on and remember how we came together when things do matter.  

Stay safe and enjoy navigating the globe where ever that may be.  

Comment below and trips that you have planned or ways that you use to cope with a cancelled trip.  

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