Photos from Gunby Hall

Taking advantage of the bank holiday, Ashwina and I took a trip to Gunby Hall which is a National Trust property in Skegness.

The Orchard Cottage located in the property grounds is the former gardeners cottage and is a quaint little house. This turned out to be a great way to enjoy a quiet weekend reading, eating and drinking.

We had access to the grounds after hours and so ventured out to take in the beauty.

Here are some select photos from our walk.

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Tales from the Countryside

Welcome to Dunwich Heath

I grew up reading Enid Blyton‘s series of books especially Famous Five and Secret Seven. And, one thing that is common to them all was the country side.

During my trip to Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye, I got a taste of the Scottish countryside and it was befitting that we visited the English countryside as well. A few of my regular readers might recall that I married Ashwina last February and to celebrate our anniversary, I took the week off from work.

Ashwina came up with the brilliant suggestion of taking a trip to Dunwich Heath which is located in Saxmundham which lies on the east coast of England. So, we made our way on Monday of this week via train from London to Darsham via Ipswich.

Darsham was the closest train station to Dunwich and when we reached there we were a bit surprised to see a very deserted station. The big taxi signs painted on the cafe in front of us were hard to resist and we ended up booking a taxi to take us to the Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich Heath.

We were at the cottages in around 15 minutes and the drive there was a teaser for the splendid view that was to come as we reached.

Welcome to Dunwich Heath The Coastguard Cottages at Dunwich Heath

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Scotland calling: Alnwick Castle

Into England we entered

Ashwina and I returned from Paris yesterday after taking off for a short break before Christmas. But the story on that will be in a later post. This post is dedicated to the 1 day trip we had back in September during our holiday in Scotland. We had started the holiday in Edinburgh and had booked a day’s tour with Timberbush to Holy Island, Bamburgh & Alnwick Castle – Northumberland & The Scottish Borders.

The one day tour started off early in the morning from the foot of Edinburgh Castle. The official tour starts off with the first visit at Lindisfarne Castle and Holy Island, but because of high tide we actually did the tour in reverse!

So, we crossed over the River Tweed into England using the Coldstream Bridge, the same spot where Robert Burns crossed over on 7th May 1787. At the north end of the bridge is the Coldstream Marriage-house, where marriages took place from 1754 until 1856 without banns being called. Crossing from England to Scotland to marry, without notice, was commonplace – most of the records of such weddings still exist. The tolls were also collected there until the system was abandoned in 1826. Read more about the other bridges over the River Tweed.

Marriage House Ashwina by the Coldstream Bridge
A plaque on the bridge commemorates the 1787 visit of the poet Robert Burns to the Coldstream Into England we entered

We travelled on to Alnwick Castle, which is the famous castle in the Harry Potter movies, besides several other movies and TV series.

Map of Alnwick Gardens Map of Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle and its Gardens is a huge place and you can spend hours exploring the grounds and the castle. We had around 2 hours including lunch to go through the place and it was a bit of a rush.

We went through the grounds first which also houses the famous Poison Garden which has over hundred plants which can either kill you or seriously harm you!

Poison Gardens Fountains at Alnwick Gardens
Alnwick Castle View from the castle

We set off from the Castle and headed back to Edinburgh. The journey back was equally long and we didn’t have much time except for tiny breaks along the way and brief stops at Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne Castle.

Bamburgh Castle Lindisfarne Castle

We  stayed in Edinburgh for another day on an early Thursday morning  in September, we set out on a three day tour to the Isle of Skye. Details of this trip in my next post.