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i need to get away for a weekend....

mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
edited April 2011 in Commuting chat
right, my mrs birthday is fastly approaching and has mentioned that she wants to go away for a weekend but doesnt want to go outside of the UK

anyone got any recomendations?
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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    Arisaig. Fantastic beaches, stunning sunsets, and just loads and loads of open space. Also get here before the midges.....
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  • jzedjzed Posts: 2,926
    Lake district isn't too far away from you. Nice hotel around one of the lakes, stroll around lakes, long afternoons in pubs. Nice bit of cycling if you can get away with it (maybe send the missus to a spa for an afternoon).
  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    jzed wrote:
    Lake district isn't too far away from you.

    i was thinking fo the lakes as its only about an hour away, but we went pretty much all over last year...hmm let the googling commence!
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    Arisaig.

    blimey! thats a bit up north, i will check out cottages

    cheers
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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    If you don't weant to go too far, why not try Portpatrick - small village near Stranraer. Lovely pubs, not too crowded at all, and bizzarlely always has superb weather.

    Was going to suggest the Lakes, but felt I "had" to be a little patizan....

    Was in Wasdale last weekend and really enjoyed it, climbed Scafell Pike and Great Gable. Nice pub, superb accomodation (my own). Great biking area too, although was wheeless.
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    You're a short drive from Snowdonia. A holiday cottage there and you've got some stunning scenery and if you're feeling healthy take the Pyg Trail up Snowdon

    NW Scotland is amazing but a much longer drive and if it's just the weekend you don't want to lose a day just on getting there and back.

    Which part of the Lakes did you do? Any cyclist will tell you to get yourself over to Eskdale of course :wink:
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  • Stone GliderStone Glider Posts: 1,227
    How about the Peak District? Just back from a week there myself. Amazing scenery, pleasant towns and so close!

    We had a lodge (cabin), two bedrooms, two bathrooms, plenty of space, for a little over £200. We live about two hours car ride away and had never been before, looking forward to an early return, this time with a bike.
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  • Check out Quarry Walk lodges on the edge of the Peak District near Leek.

    Good value and luxurious cabins. Myself and the wife had a very relaxing time there a year ago.
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    I could be biased and say Aviemore :-) But Perthshire is wonderful pedalling or not. Pitlochry is an excellent base.
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    You're a short drive from Snowdonia.

    my girlfriends mum an dad have a house up near Snowdonia (near Harlech) so im there most weekends. thats reminds me i fancy riding to wales at somepoint during the summer..

    im looking at scotish highlands i reckons, the furthest so far up there i have been is dunoon
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,686
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right, my mrs birthday is fastly approaching and has mentioned that she wants to go away for a weekend but doesnt want to go outside of the UK

    anyone got any recomendations?

    I have a rather spacious garage, lots of bike porn and not 1 but 2 beer fridges :roll:

    tons of outstanding walks, rides and general countryside relaxing stuff

    apart from the odd low flying helicopter
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  • jzedjzed Posts: 2,926
    itboffin wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right, my mrs birthday is fastly approaching and has mentioned that she wants to go away for a weekend but doesnt want to go outside of the UK

    anyone got any recomendations?

    I have a rather spacious garage, lots of bike porn and not 1 but 2 beer fridges :roll:

    tons of outstanding walks, rides and general countryside relaxing stuff

    apart from the odd low flying helicopter

    Fully stocked I assume - whens the party?
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,686
    jzed wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    mudcow007 wrote:
    right, my mrs birthday is fastly approaching and has mentioned that she wants to go away for a weekend but doesnt want to go outside of the UK

    anyone got any recomendations?

    I have a rather spacious garage, lots of bike porn and not 1 but 2 beer fridges :roll:

    tons of outstanding walks, rides and general countryside relaxing stuff

    apart from the odd low flying helicopter

    Fully stocked I assume - whens the party?

    According to the very full village bottle bank EVERYDAY Hick!!!
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffin wrote:
    jzed wrote:
    itboffin wrote:

    Fully stocked I assume - whens the party?

    According to the very full village bottle bank EVERYDAY Hick!!!

    I've never figured out how to hide my bad habits. Dropping off a little whenever I pass risks people saying ''There goes marmoset with his beer cans again'' but the alternative - doing it all in one go under cover of darkness - risks me being stigmatised as a boozaholic bottle bank blocker. So I drink until I don't care any more...and then it all begins again with even more cans.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,686
    Ive posted this before but my best recycling story was ...

    A typical windy day here in windshire, Q me WFH natch! it's early i'm still in the dressing gown and Guinness slipper, it's bottles and cans recycling day (because they do each on different days to justify the £2200 a year) anywoooooo i'm sitting in the kitchen and notice my front lawn covered in empty cans of the black stuff :?

    Blowing around in the wind as might happens, so I wander out looking AWESOME :roll: and low and behold noisy neighbour from across the road wanders over and utters the classic line ...

    "got a bit of a drink problem have you?"

    Nice!

    I used this story a few times at the PTA meetings, never gets a laugh for some reason!
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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    mudcow007 wrote:
    You're a short drive from Snowdonia.

    my girlfriends mum an dad have a house up near Snowdonia (near Harlech) so im there most weekends. thats reminds me i fancy riding to wales at somepoint during the summer..

    im looking at scotish highlands i reckons, the furthest so far up there i have been is dunoon

    Sorry to advise, but Dunoon is not in the Highlands.... :wink:
    Anyway, guess you know that.

    Depends what you want to do. I love the west coast, anywhere up from Glen Coe north. If you have never been through Glen Coe, then do it, it is simply magestic. Staying near there - (Kinlochleven, Onich, Corran, Ballachulish) can put you within easy reach of the superb beaches of Arisaig, and Morar fantastic drive (or cycle) down the Road to the Isles that ends in Mallaig.
    Loads of good walking and cycling all around. Plenty of low leven options as well as some of the best high level hills in UK. See Glen Nevis, Ring of Steall, Mamores. If you Mountain Bike, then the best in the UK is also at hand with Ft William downhill, cross country and the Ciarin path at Kinlochleven.

    For slightly further afield, Loch Maree and Torridon is hard to beat for the sheer majesty of the remoteness and amazing scenery, the costal road from there up to Ullapool is amazing, as is the road north from there. I feel so lucky to be within easy reach of these places.
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  • davieseedaviesee Posts: 6,473
    I feel so lucky to be within easy reach of these places.

    Don't feel lucky. The scenery is formed by the weather and well.......as I look out the window it is hard to feel lucky :cry:

    I do totally agree with the sentiment though :P
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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    daviesee wrote:
    I feel so lucky to be within easy reach of these places.

    Don't feel lucky. The scenery is formed by the weather and well.......as I look out the window it is hard to feel lucky :cry:

    I do totally agree with the sentiment though :P

    Well, having just cycled in through pouring rain, with all the potholes filled in (pity with just water) getting splashed by buses, water running down my back.

    Have to say..... still feel lucky!!
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  • mudcow007mudcow007 Posts: 3,861
    right finally booked somewhere its in Beaworthy by Dartmoor, Devon

    when i was a wee nipper i spent a lot of time by Bude

    hopefully shoudl be pretty good, i think we are going in July
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