Posted by: paulgilders | October 16, 2012

Back in England

After a great time in Edinburgh, it was time to go south again and once again we cheated and hired a van for 2 days to express us and the bikes down to Essex. On the way we stopped briefly at Bamburgh castle.

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We also stopped at Whitby for some chips before arriving at a wet, cold and dark campsite at 9:30pm near Lincoln.

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The following day Gill and I were back in our childhood home of Danbury – staying with my parents for a few days. It was wonderful to once again have a break from cold camping and to reminisce old times. The nearby Maldon promenade is still a beautiful spot with more classic boats moored along the key than I can remember.

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The lakes at Danbury were also a favourite weekend destination for us and were as beautiful as ever.

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Essex isn’t a classic holiday destination, but I find that the rural areas are extremely pretty and most villages are extremely well kept. It is also a good area for cycling and not as flat as you would think. Here are some photos at the top of Danbury hill.

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Before heading east for the coast, we spent a day visiting friends and family in the London area. We spent a lovely Saturday morning walking around Bushey park and Hampton Court.

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We finally left Danbury and cycled towards the ferry at Harwich, stopping for a night with relatives in Brightlingsea (where my Dad was born and raised). On the way, we stopped at Tiptree to see the Tiptree mill. My Grandpa used to own and run his farm supplies business in this Mill.

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We used to regularly visit Brightlingsea prom in the summer where my Grandparents and Uncle and Aunt had a beach hut.

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The sun sets over Mersea island, as does our time in the UK. The next day we made our way to Harwich to catch the ferry to Holland.

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