Photo by Muffy Aldrich
The Modern Guide to The Thing Before Preppy

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Where in the U.K.? And why?

A reader question:

Hi Muffy,

May I ask the readers a question. If they were offered a free all expenses paid trip to anywhere in the U.K. where would they choose? 

Kind regards

31 comments:

  1. Places where one can see one continent from another intrigue me; Gibraltar.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Cornwall is my happy place; a small cove walking distance from Port Issac.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The Lakes and the Dales.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Bath because it's charming, beautiful, and historic with happy memories. Visited the city many years ago with my late mother when she was living in the U.K. A wonderful day.

    Kind Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

    ReplyDelete
  5. I would choose either the Lake Country or the Cotswolds or Oxford. There are plenty of charming small towns in the immediate vicinity of those areas.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I agree with Cornwall (West Penwith, mostly) and the lakes and dales in the North as happy places and I've spent many a happy time in both, but I also love, love the Scottish Western Isles (the Inner and Outer Hebrides). I have especially enjoyed the Isle of Iona and her myths, and plan to spend 2-3 months there once I retire.

    ReplyDelete
  7. London. And outside of London: Newcastle up north. Beautiful nearby coast, nice restaurants, good shopping, great museums in the city and nearby, nice architecture-- the place is a gem!

    --EM

    ReplyDelete
  8. London, the Lakes, and the Dales! Enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  9. A cottage in the Cairngorms near shaggy cows and a trout stream was good enough to repeat. So was Inverness in the winter. Truthfully, it's all good.

    ReplyDelete
  10. There are still many wonderful places to visit in the UK - as mentioned in the above posts - but I wouldn't go near London if I were you. Save your money for smaller towns, villages and the beautiful countryside. London is a tragedy that no longer resembles a "British" city.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Oxford and surrounding Oxfordshire

    ReplyDelete
  12. Isle of Skye and Glencoe to Inverness.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Swindon. It's the real England.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can go for a pint with the Swindon lot over at Wernham Hogg.

      Delete
    2. The border counties with Scotland

      Delete
    3. As someone who lived 10 miles from Swindon in my childhood I'll say that there are many good roads leading out of Swindon, but none heading in, so I'll nominate the Welsh borders.

      Delete
  14. I like north Wales meself. I once wanted to learn Welsh but never found the time to. I do know how to chant in Scots Gaelic though.

    ReplyDelete
  15. The Orkney Islands

    ReplyDelete
  16. Edinburgh and Glen Coe

    ReplyDelete
  17. Cornwall, because I’ve never been there. If I’m *forced* to re-visit places from my past, I’d choose Edinburgh or the Lake District.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Middlesbrough or Stoke-on-Trent.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Said in jest, surely? I'm not sure that Middlesbrough or Stoke-on-Trent are on Visit Britain's top ten 'must see' destinations. A gritty charm at best and memorable for all the wrong reasons. Stick to the classic destinations and you won't be disappointed in this wonderful country.

      Delete
  19. Having lived in the UK a large part of my adult life, one has to separate their memories of the UK as it once was to what it is now. The Lake District, Cornwall and the Cotswolds were lovely up to around the late 1980s when each became overly crowded by day trippers or became the English version of Hamptons. My vote would be the Border Country, particularly the towns of Melrose and Kelso.The area is relatively unspoilt,offers a wide range of activities, and close to Edinburgh or York for a day out.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yorkshire. Have been there several times and it's just beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great choice (my birthplace and still my home). Which part?

      Delete
    2. We've been all over that area, but my favorite place would be Thirsk. It was just a wonderful little town, we totally loved it. On our first visit to the UK we were only in Yorkshire for 2 days but the next time we stayed in York and then ventured out from there on day trips for about 5 days, so we covered a lot of area. On the two separate trips over we managed to hit both Fountains and Rievaulx abbeys, Castle Howard, saw all sorts of things in and close to York and everything in between. We didn't make it out to the coast though unfortunately. Hopefully another visit!

      Delete
    3. Thirsk is a nice town, home of the real James Herriott of course (Alf White). It's about an hour from us as we're at the southern end of Wharfedale near Bolton Abbey, but I spend a lot of time in that area as it's where I mostly shoot. The coast is lovely and Beverley is a really nice town, (where I was born), nicer than Thirsk I think and not too far from the coast. Well worth a visit

      Delete

Comments are moderated.