In April we took a tour around Britain and by May we had reached Scotland. We bypassed Edinburgh, drove across to Glasgow where we took in an antiques centre, and then set off down the west side of England towards Blackpool. By now the weather had turned glorious, and finding ourselves midway between the Pennines and the Lake District, we decided to make the most of it. We headed for Dufton, a village on the Pennine Way, which is a stopover point for hikers. This photo was taken from the garden of the Stag Inn, a beautiful spot.
A full day's drive in the Lake District took us along Ullswater to Keswick and then along a road which ended on a footpath which would takes the hardy traveller towards Scafell Pike.
We are great fans of 'Strictly Come Dancing' so we just had to get to Blackpool to see the famed Tower Ballroom. It did not disappoint. Its opulence was beyond anything I could imagine. Wonderful atmosphere. The organist was playing and a few couples danced. I think we could have happily lounged around the dancefloor all afternoon. The staff in the complex were so easy-going and friendly.
Being in the area, we couldn't miss out Holmfirth in Yorkshire, where 'Last of the Summer Wine' is filmed. 'Ivy's cafe' is just out of sight, tucked away in the corner on the right hand side of this little square.
We like antiques so we went to Derby to an auction at Bamfords to discover that an episode of 'Bargain Hunt' was being filmed. We then toodled off to Stanway House where an Antiques Roadshow was also being filmed. Then it was home. But that wasn't the end of my travels last year. Well it was only May after all, and I already had a holiday in Cornwall booked!