Road Tripping England

You may have picked up on this but my next trip to England is coming up pretty darn fast (though, not fast enough in my mind!) so I thought I’d share with you my previous road tripping adventures that I’ve had in England.

2010

The first time I went to England was November 2010 with my sister. We spent 10 days in London and then picked up a rental car and based ourselves just outside Exeter for about 8 days. During that time we took numerous road trips, got lost on lots of tiny country roads and met some really lovely people. We also spent a lot of time in graveyards!

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My sister, completely at home among the gravestones!

On this trip we visited Oxford (needed more time), Stonehenge (pile of rocks in a field), Bath (where I fell in love with hoho buses & Georgian architecture), Lyme Regis (seaside town where Jane Austen use to holiday), Sherborne (gorgeous market town), Lydford Castle (dreary, scary old prison), Lulworth (LOVED this place! Words cannot express), Corfe Castle (my first proper ruin), Christchurch (the UK verison) and a couple of our family history hotspots – Clyst St George (lots of gravestones with my surname on them!) and Sidbury (saw the baptism font our ancestors possibly used).

Oxford, UK
Oxford
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Stonehenge
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Bath
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Lyme Regis
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Sherborne
Lydford
Lydford Castle
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Lulworth
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Corfe Castle
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Christchurch
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Clyst St George
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Sidbury

2014

On this trip, I based myself in London for about two weeks and just did a couple of day trips. One was a small group tour to Canterbury (that cathedral! those cloisters!!), Dover (would love to explore the castle one day) & Leeds Castle (so pretty!!) and the other was a day out by train to Brighton (I actually got sunburnt!) with my niece & her now husband.

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Canterbury
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Dover
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Leeds Castle
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Brighton

2015

On my 2015 mega trip, my travel companion and I drove from Edinburgh to London. Along the way we stopped in Blackpool (not what I expected but at the same time, completely what I expected), Chester (loved the cathedral), Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (really, really hard to get a photo with the full name!), Cardiff (didn’t love it, didn’t hate it), Bath (still gorgeous but still horrible to drive around), Castle Combe (fell in love!), Stonehege (still a pile of rocks in a field) and Southampton (no photos because it was raining and we didn’t go anywhere).

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Blackpool
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Chester
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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiligogogoch
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Cardiff
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Bath
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Castle Combe
Stonehenge
Stonehenge

While I’ve driven in England before, this will be the first time I’ve done it solo. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it get a little lonely and you do start talking to yourself a lot more. But travelling alone also means that you can stop at random places along the way and take as much time as you need to explore the area.

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The thing I love about England is that no matter how many times I go back, I find something new. On this trip, the only place that I have been before will be London – every other places will be a new discovery for me.

And for that, I can’t wait.


10 thoughts on “Road Tripping England

      1. Hahaha um no.. I like people to live vicariously through me.. plus it looks like I actually have adventures & not just relive old ones hehe. Luckily I’ll have wifi in each place I’m staying & I’ve been trying to work out some sort of blogging plan for the trip

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  1. My husband is British and I’ve been fortunate to visit for several weeks every year ( one time we did six weeks and an epic road trip from Cornwall to John O’Groats), but I haven’t even visited many of the sites that you have. My in-laws always say that their country is so small and compared to America, it is…however, there is still much to see in Britain. I like your comment on Blackpool, I felt the same way.

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    1. I’ve been talking to a couple of people in England during this trip & telling them about previous trips.. they’ve mentioned that I’ve probably seen more of England than they have haha. From my point of view, Britain is actually quite easy to drive around (if not a little stressful at times) so it’s easy to see a bit of it if you have the time.

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