This time next week, we'll be off to the United Kingdom for a month-long visit. Provided I don't get us in a serious accident at the first roundabout we encounter, our trip will be a circular tour of Britain, beginning and ending at London Gatwick Airport.
We're spending 3 days in Devon & Cornwall before ambling through Exmoor & Wells to Bath. While in Bath, we'll explore a bit of the Dorset Coast, a tad of Wiltshire, more of Somerset and take a day trip to Hay-on-Wye via the Forest of Dean and returning through the Brecons National Park. We plan to stick to the "B roads" and wander aimlessly through the Cotswolds for a few days, although a side trip to Oxford will be marginally more organized. After following a circuitous route around the Great Malverns, we'll be in Shropshire, taking in whatever passes our fancy on a trip to either Ludlow or Hereford one day, and Conwy in North Wales on another.
Our longest day will be a drive from Whitchurch to the Lake District (actually around the Lake District and back down into it). The Lake District is best for walking tours, but those aren't an option item, given my mom's incomplete recovery from Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Boat trips are out as well, unfortunately. We've got a great route in mind for the nearby Yorkshire Dales as well. After the Lake District, we'll cross the north end of England to Durham and then drop down into York. (We may take the train to Edinburgh for the day while in York.) Continuing our southern trajectory, a couple of days in the Peak District, along with a side-trip to Lincoln seemed like a good idea. We're sprinting to Cambridge and then on to Bury St. Edmunds for a leisurely look around East Anglia.
We'll pay our respects to the Queen at Windsor before returning our Vauxhall Astra (or equivalent) to the car rental company and catching the Eurostar for 2 nights in Paris. (This was supposed to be the end-of-trip surprise, but Delta wouldn't cooperate.) Once we've seen the abbreviated "highlights of Paris," we'll return to London on the Eurostar for a more relaxing series of romps in and around town before returning to Gatwick, and from there, home.