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Getty Images/Danny Thomas A view of the city of Ludlow, Shropshire: Ludlow is lovely, and the parish
church of St Laurence stands in the heart of the town. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images/Danny
Thomas Ludlow is lovely, and the parish church of St Laurence stands in the heart of the town.
Ludlow, as one of the country’s most celebrated foodie destinations, will become a battleground for
outdoor table reservations now that the lockout has been lifted.
Even low-key venues in an area known for its abundance of local produce, however, pack a flavour
punch into every dish. Choose from The Green Cafe’s takeaway salad boxes or three-course meal
packages, Cicchetti Bar Ludlow’s box of nibbles, or Harp Lane Deli’s fine fare, where ingredients like
Amalfi lemons, n’duja, and cognac are used as often as salt and butter by most of us.
This town is especially ogle-able thanks to the sight of Ludlow Castle (adult £8, child £3.50) rising above
the River Teme in the centre, in addition to the mediaeval streets of black and white houses. It has only
recently been reopened to the public for tours.
The pandemic left the Land of Lost Content (adult £8, child £4, book ahead) in the nearby market town
Craven Arms, like many other small museums around the country, in dire need of tourists. This one is as
odd as they come, a treasure chest of daily life’s nostalgic ephemera.
The black-and-white half-timbered Stone House (sleeps four, £555 for seven nights in May) in the three-
mile-away village of Caynham, which has its own bronze and iron-age earthworks, is one of the few
choices left with Sykes for the coming month.
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Bakewell, Buxton, and Matlock are likely to come to mind when you think of main towns on the
outskirts of the Peak District national park, but Glossop, to the north-west of the park and not far from
Manchester has plenty to offer. Cotton mills have been converted into shops and bars, and there was a
the burgeoning artistic culture of musicians, designers, producers, and owners of independent stores and
venues prior to the pandemic.
Pick up some healthy picnic supplies at Glossop Wholefoods, which is committed to reducing waste, and
head out on one of the many walking and cycling trails in the Dark Peak zone, which is the Peak
District’s wilder, higher moorland and gritstone sector (as opposed to the lower White Peak limestone
The Longdendale Trail, a seven-mile cycle route that follows an old railway trackbed to five reservoirs,
the Pennine Way, and the Pennine Bridleway National Trail are all options. For more outdoor fun, drivers
and cyclists can take the A57 Snake Pass through the park to Ladybower Reservoir, Edale, and the Hope
Valley. Finish your day with a delicious pint from Glossop’s Howard Town Brewery, which recently
reopened its tap beer garden.
Cottages.Com has the stylish Kinder Apartment (sleeps two, from £435 in May) if you want to stay the
night. Rustic Allmans Heath Cottage Byre (sleeps two, from £80 a night) and Woodcock Farm, a design-
led barn conversion of two cottages each sleeping two (from £110 a night) are both gorgeous choices
with availability later this year landscaping material near me.
a defender Wetherby, The Shambles Photograph courtesy of Alamy/James King-Holmes
The market town of Wetherby, located on the banks of the River Wharfe and within easy reach of Leeds,
York, and Harrogate, is a lovely place. In the spring and summer, when this “floral town” is decked out in
blooms, the compact center looks like Elton John’s dressing table. Wetherby’s old-school cinema won’t
reopen until mid-May, but the Jubilee Gardens and Grade II-listed Georgian Bath House, the attractive
Church Street and Shambles – with shops under the arches – and a farmers’ market on the second Sunday
of the month are all worth visiting.
The simple Harland Way cycle track runs through Wetherby, following a disused railway line to 14th-
century Spofforth Castle and a local group of mountain-biking volunteers has been hard at work
constructing a network of paths for Wetherby Bike Trails, including a new section of berms and banks
dubbed Lateral Flow.
In the beer garden of Linton’s Windmill Inn, “very generous portions” are served. And just outside of
Clifford, Yorkshire Cottages’ Westwood Cottage (sleeps four, from £415 for six nights in May) is one of
a few across these parts. a defender On the Watercress Line, a steam train carriage. courtesy of Alamy
The market town of Alresford, 712 miles from Winchester, is ideal for a relaxing getaway. It is quiet, a
little chichi, and has a beautiful Georgian high street with colorful buildings housing independent shops
and cafes. You won’t be spotting edgy neighborhoods here; instead, you’ll be strolling alongside the
river on the Alre Valley Trail, taking on the Pilgrims Way, Watercress Way, or Itchen Way, and enjoying
picnics provided by Heidi’s Patisserie or the Long Barn Cafe, which also has a garden store. Be sure to
order watercress to go along with it.
The highly nutritious leafy green is popular in the town and surrounding area for growing and trading.
This year’s Watercress Festival (normally held in May) has been canceled, but – exhale – it will be
replaced by the “first-ever” virtual Watercress festival (nothing says “I’ve drained Netflix” like signing up
for this one).
The Watercress Line (single tickets £16 adult, £8 boy, book ahead), a heritage steam railway that once
linked London, has reopened, with spring activities planned, including a Day Out With Thomas for kids
(£65 for four people, starting May 29), complete with live Fat Controller.
Watercress Lodges and Campsite, which overlooks the railway and has six lodges designed to look like
railway cottages (sleep six, from £100 a night, campsite and tipis open later in May), is a unique
The Bush Inn in New Alresford, which has a waterside garden along the River Itchen, is one of the best
pubs in the region. Hattingley Valley Wines, in the nearby village of Lower Wield, is an eco-friendly
the vineyard that specializes in sparkling whites, and tours with tastings have resumed (£17.50, book ahead).
In Haslingden, near Ramsbottom, John Kennedy’s Guardian Halo: a Panopticon is on display. John
Davidson is the photographer. Alamy Photographs
Due to its music scene, independent shops, and restaurants, this market town on the edge of the West
Pennine Moors to the north of Manchester is quickly becoming one of the trendier and trendy areas of the
city’s outskirts. Get back into the habit of lifting a pint glass to your lips at great pubs like the Eagle +
Child, which has a large beer garden set among the potted plants and vegetable patches of the pub’s
allotment, and try to score an outdoor table at pintxo bar Baratxuri and/or its sister restaurant Levanter.
Hopefully, the weather would cooperate for walks into the Irwell valley to visit the Irwell Sculpture Trail,
or for exploring the Forest of Bowland or Peak District national parks, both of which are just 30 minutes
away. On May 1, the East Lancashire Steam Train (adult £13 round-trip, child £8.50, advance booking
required) will reopen.
Make a beeline for Springfield (sleeps six, £339 for two nights in May or June), a lovely white Victorian
house with rooms painted grey and blue, located near paths leading to the National Trust’s Stubbins
Estate, where the tall Peel Tower towers over the wooded hillsides and moorland overlooking the village.
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