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Jul 14, 2012 - A few days in the Blackpool area

After spending time in the Lake District we thought it was time to have a bit of time by the sea and civilisation! Blackpool is the archetypal British seaside resort. It was the coming of the railway in 1846 that made Blackpool the first seaside resort for working class families. In the mid 19th century whole Lancashire mill towns used to have their "Wakes Week"(or annual holidays) in Blackpool. Our basis of exploring Blackpool was to walk the substancial and revamped promenade avoiding the amusement arcades and other so called attractions....

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Jul 10, 2012 - A easy move to Blackpool

Today we left the Lake District and headed to Blackpool. Leaving the campground went better than when we had arrived as every evening Tony had spent time trimming trees along the lane to the campground. We had even asked if the staff would cut back one or two trees within the campground but typical of this campground got a negative response. Never mind. We had an uneventful journey to Blackpool and our next campground was excellent, with easy access, helpful staff and no low hanging trees.

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Apr 27, 2012 - Blackpool

The weather was much improved this morning so I spent the whole day in Blackpool & had a really fun time. In the past, I feel that whenever someone talks about Blackpool it’s with a bit of a sneer as if this place is all rubbish & no one with any education or culture could possibly enjoy it. Even when I rented this cottage, the whole thrust was that it’s away from the hassle of Blackpool. Well, I’ve found it fascinating & the more I’ve learned the more interesting it becomes. I found out today that Blackpool was the first seaside resort...

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Apr 25, 2012 - Southern Lake District

The forecast for today was windy with showers this morning, turning into heavy rain this afternoon so I was looking for some indoor activities. For those of you who don’t know the area, the Lake District is probably the most outdoors place in the country. Its main attractions are beautiful scenery, walking, cycling, boating, etc so not a great location for a rainy day but it worked out OK. The scenery is magnificent, even on a cloudy day & there were lots of people out walking everywhere – I’m sure they were a lot keener than me & also had...

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Apr 24, 2012 - Lancaster

For a long time I’ve had an admiration of John of Gaunt who was undoubtedly the most famous Duke of Lancaster, so this was a city I’ve always wanted to visit. It’s a lovely old place with history from the Bronze age to the Romans to the Saxons & Vikings to the Normans. I started off in the City Museum which is where they were supposed to have information about the 8th Regiment but still no luck. Not long ago, the 8th Regiment was consolidated with the 4th (King’s Own Lancashire) Regiment & all the historical stuff they had here was about...

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Apr 22, 2012 - Southern Lancashire

Driving home this afternoon, I had the nasty thought that I wrote Styles in yesterday’s story when I knew perfectly well that I went to Styal. I checked up & sure enough I’d misspelled it not once but 3 times. My apologies & the only excuse I can offer is that I was writing under very adverse circumstances. I needed to work out what I’m going to do this week so my first stop was the Tourist Information centre in Cleveleys (I also spelled than wrong yesterday). It’s an interesting little town, on the coast north of Blackpool & had lots of...

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Nov 8, 2011 - London - Blackpool - Birmingham

Facebook album - if you are not a Facebook user you can still view the album of photos by copy and pasting on this link: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150951215920707.758621.746395706&type=1&l=79ba26207a Friday 4th We are out of the room early, and Tony quickly checks for bus routes. There is one around the corner a few minutes walk away, a bus runs every 5 minutes and it takes another 5 minutes to get to the station. That will be easier than two tube lines and a long trek between platforms at Kings Cross. We are at Euston in...

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Oct 3, 2011 - Blackpool - Its great

Blackpool is a great place to spend a holiday. There's always lots going on (except in the winter when its like a ghost town). Its becoming a bit of a young persons holiday spot with thousands of people coming every week for stag nights and hen nights to enjoy themselves in the many pubs and nightclubs in the town. So it can be a bit rowdy at times. But there's also lots more for older people. There are many shows and other entertainment. There are trams, Blackpool tower, the pleasure beach which has hundreds of rides and amusements. There...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Blackpool....Yike.....

Woke up on Lillie,still moored,but funn enough grumpy was out checking his boat as we departed after breakfast! Making sure we didn't hit him!! Said goodbye and waved....sunny lovely day took off from Garstang like pro's. What a gorgeous morning sailing the canal,we arrived at bridge 47 where George jumped aboard and steered us into the Marina...we said goodbye to Lillie and got in the car and headed to Blackpool about half an hour away.We had planned to stop one night in Blackpool to see the lights ,the Illuminations along the foreshore,bu...

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NED on Tour! 2011

Feb 23, 2011 - All in the planning...

Planning. Since we are intending to spend a year in Australia and the surrounding areas I thought I ought to do a little research. Whilst we don't want to over-plan, leaving plenty of flexibility, we do need to work out some kind of initial route. Initially we had narrowed our exploration area to the East Coast of Australia, seeing as it is such an enormous country. A visit to the travel agent has altered this somewhat. For the same price of a flight into Sydney, we can fly into Perth and then get the Indian Pacific train across Southern...

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Sep 21, 2009 - Blackpool Illuminations

Today after our traditional breakfast we headed to Trafford Center and the Salford Quays outlet mall to do some souvenir shopping. It was just a leisurely stroll around both malls and gifts were picked up. Owen & LeAnne’s laundry was dropped off at the laundry service and after a fish/pie & chip supper we headed to Blackpool to take in the famous Blackpool illuminations. We arrived in Blackpool just in time to catch the start of lights. The outdoor light display seemed to go on for miles down the ‘front’ …it went on down the Golden Mile,...

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Sep 6, 2009 - Day Trip to Blackpool

Chris says…… ..After a good nites sleep at the hotel we headed back to Ma’s house for breakfast. Bacon ‘butties’ and scrambled eggs. We then headed off to Blackpool which is the home to the famous ‘Blackpool illuminations’ – 4 miles of lites and illuminated billboards along the road which runs along the front (beach road). We will be visiting the illuminations later next week so we planned this as a reconnaissance trip to see the place in the daylight. Blackpool is where my family vacationed when I was a kid and where my parents met...

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