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November 25, 2010

Ambleside Lake District Cumbria

Located in a sheltered position beside Wansfell Pike (1,587 feet) in Cumbria, Ambleside is just one mile from Lake Windermere, and provides a perfect base for touring this area of great natural beauty. Walkers, climbers, anglers and nature lovers alike, all flock to Ambleside for their respective ‘fixes’, and you can find out what the town and area has to offer, by heading for the Bridge House tourist information office, which is run by the National Trust. When the weather is fine and to get a real appreciation of Lake Windermere itself, take a boat trip around the lake, or get the steamer to Bowness-on-Windermere, and don’t forget your camera.

Aylesbury Businesses

Filed under: England,United Kingdom,Websites — Tags: , — needahand @ 1:37 pm

Continuing my series of local business websites for the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, I have just done a new site for an Aylesbury hairdresser, which should be handy for those seeking hairdressing and beauty services in the Aylesbury area. These local business websites are fairly easy to get decently ranked, and certainly bring in some business for those who choose to do them. The website is not finished yet and is pretty basic, but at the end of the day it is the rankings which matter, so I will be watching it closely over the next few months to see how it progresses. I shall be adding lots more Aylesbury business websites shortly as it is part of an experiment that I am trying out..

Boroughbridge and Aldborough Yorkshire

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:38 am

For many centuries, an important river crossing over the River Ure in North Yorkshire, the small town of Boroughbridge is worth a visit if only to view the standing stones which are located on the edge of the town, and are known as the Devil’s Arrows. Dating from the Bronze Age, the Devil’s Arrows are 3 millstone grit menhirs reaching a height of 22 feet. The nearby village of Aldborough was previously more important than Boroughbridge, and has a Roman history, being the former settlement of Isurium Brigantum. The river crossing around which Boroughbridge grew, was moved from Aldborough by the Normans in the 11th century, reversing the importance of the two Yorkshire places.

See a map of Boroughbridge here:

And a map of Aldborough here:

November 24, 2010

Carlisle Cumbria

Filed under: England,History,Scotland,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 4:22 pm

Its position just south of Hadrian’s Wall has meant that Carlisle has always over the centuries, been continually contested by the English and the Scots, as the two battled for possession of the town. Carlisle Castle was built in 1092 by William Rufus, and many of its original features can still be seen today, including the keep and the main gate. If you are visiting Carlisle, be sure to take a peek at Carlisle cathedral, with its fine vaulted ceiling, and some original Norman sections. Also worth a look is the Jacobean Tullie House, which now hosts an art galley and museum. The city is situated at the confluence of 3 rivers, and when the weather is fine thare can be no better way to spend a couple of hours than to take a stroll along the River Eden. Carlisle is in the county of Cumbria and can be reached by road using the M6, it is a 126 mile drive from Liverpool.

November 23, 2010

Bucklebury Berkshire

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 2:34 pm

A civil parish and small village situated between Reading and Newbury in Berkshire, Bucklebury is the home village of Kate Middleton’s family. Bucklebury has a population of 2,066 and a parish church which dates from the 11th century (St Mary the Virgin). Mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086), Bucklebury was one of King Edward the Confessor’s royal manors, before the Norman invasion of Britain. The Berkshire village was originally located right beside the River Pang, an area of woodland and heather close to the village is called Bucklebury Common.

Keswick Lake District Cumbria

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:37 pm

A popular tourist destination standing beside Derwent Water in the Lake District, Cumbria, north-west England, Keswick is in an area of great natural beauty, and attracts thousands of visitors each year, as it has done for many decades. Formerly attractive to the Romantic poets of the Victorian era, Keswick attracted the likes of Wordsworth and Coleridge, who visited for the inspiration that the beautiful Lake District scenery provided. Close to Keswick, you can visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle, an ancient monument probably dating from the Bronze Age, and over one hundred feet in diameter, when the weather is pleasant head along to Derwent Water and maybe take a boat trip on the lake, or visit the Theatre on the Lake and watch one of their fine performances.

November 22, 2010

Leeds Cleaning Jobs

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 4:23 pm
Leeds Cleaning Jobs

Leeds Cleaning Jobs

Looking for a cleaning job in Leeds? then check out our new Leeds cleaning  jobs page, which lists the latest available opportunites, vacancies and jobs in the cleaning and related trades in the Leeds city and surrounding areas. Banish the recession blues by finding yourself a new job in Leeds, and begin working for a better future. We are also looking for advertisers, to add listings to our growing Leeds job pages, so if you have a cleaning job on offer in Leeds, why not let us list it for you at the very reasonable price of just 10 once only fee, job stays on until filled. Leeds is a large city in the county of Yorkshire, it has a population of almost 1 million.

Appleby in Westmoreland Cumbria

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 2:31 pm

Situated in the beautiful valley of the River Eden in Cumbria, the town of Appleby is the location of a famous Horse Fair, which is held in June every year, this colourful event attracts many thousands of visitors, especially gypsies, who descend on the town from all over Britain. Appleby Castle was formerly the home of Lady Anne Clifford, and was restored to its former glory by her, after being damaged during the English Civil War. The St Lawrence church in Appleby contains the tomb of Lady Anne Clifford who died in 1678. The River Eden flows through the town and when the weather is fine is a terrific place to do some walking. Appleby is located to the east of the Lake District and the areas around the town are peppered with tiny hamlets such as Reagill, Sleagill, Burrells and Murton.

Ampleforth North Yorkshire

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 11:57 am

Situated in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, the small village of Ampleforth stands on the southern fringes of the North Yorks Moors National Park, and is a perfect base for touring this area of great natural beauty. With its population of 888, Ampleforth is only a tiny village, though it has some history, and its parish church dates from Saxon times, it also has a abbey (Ampleforth Abbey), which is located about a mile from the village centre.  Ampleforth is about 20 miles drive from the city of York, and nearby places include, Yearsley, Grimstone and Fritton, head into the North Yorks Moors, and you will find the hamlets of Wass and Oldstead .

See a map of Ampleforth here:

And a map of the North Yorks Moors here:

November 18, 2010

Riviera Bay Brixham Devon

Filed under: England,Holidays,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:11 am
Riviera Bay Brixham Devon

Riviera Bay Brixham Devon

Overlooking the picturesque St Mary’s Bay in Brixham, Devon, the popular Riviera Bay resort is an ideal spot for a family holiday in this desirable area on Torbay. Offering access to beautiful beaches, charming villages and stunning walks along the Devon coastline, the resort also has plenty of great facilities for those not wanting to venture too far. The Tropicana clubroom is at the heart of Riviera Bay entertainment with shows, discos and cabarets taking place here, other leisure activities include heated indoor swimming pool, so you can swim whatever the weather, 10-pin bowling, crazy golf, amusement arcade, soft play area for under fives, pool, darts, tennis court, big screen television, bingo and an adventure playground. Accommodation is in chalets and prices start at £148 for a 4 person chalet. Nearby Brixham is a charming town with an attractive harbour, here you will find plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops. Why not take a look at the replica of the Golden Hind, Sir Francis Drake’s famous ship. The lovely local coastline is perfect for hiking, so when the weather is fine, why not take a few hours out to get away from it all along this picturesque coastline. You could head along to Berry Head, a nearby coastal headland, which is also a nature reserve with some rare species of flora and fauna. So for your holidays in Devon, why not choose the delightful Riviera Bay.

Brixham Street Map.

November 15, 2010

Skipton North Yorkshire

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:13 am

A market town located in the Craven district of North Yorkshire, Skipton is often referred to as “The Gateway to the Dales”, due to its position at the southern tip of the Yorkshire Dales, an area of great natural beauty. Dominated by its medieval castle, which was originally built by the Normans, Skipton has a number of interesting places to visit including the George Leatt Industrial and Folk Museum, the Craven Museum, and the High Corn Mill, a restored mill building. When the weather is pleasant be sure to take a stroll along the towpath of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, which runs through the town. Skipton is approximately 27 miles from Leeds.

See a map of Skipton here:

And the latest Skipton weather here:

November 14, 2010

Benicassim Tickets 2011 Festival

Filed under: Costa del Azahar,Events,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 12:22 pm

Tickets are now available for the 2011 FIB Heineken Benicassim Music Festival, which is scheduled for the 14th– 16th July 2011 in Benicassim. Make sure that you get your tickets booked early for this fabulous event which takes place in the coastal resort of Benicassim, on the Costa del Azahar, Valencia, Spain. The line up for the 2011 festival is yet to be announced, but as always, expect plenty of talent to be on show. Benicassim is a popular seaside resort, close to Castellon de la Plana, it has excellent sandy beaches and plenty of amenities and accommodation, though the offered tickets include 8 days camping on-site, if you prefer to rough it and take in the festival atmosphere. The currently offered £125 tickets are for ‘early bird’ Benicassim tickets only, and will not be around for long, expect to pay more once these tickets have gone.

November 11, 2010

Hertford Hertfordshire

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 4:59 pm

A town and parish located in the county of Hertfordshire, England, Hertford has a population of around 24,000 and a history going back to Anglo-Saxon times, when it acquired its name which no doubt refers to its position on a ford over the River Lea, where harts (or stags) would have crossed. First recorded as a town in 673, Hertford was a significant town by the time of the Norman conquest, having mills, churches and markets already established. The Normans built a castle in the town and there was also a priory erected, which remained until the dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century. Hertford grew prosperous over the centuries and especially after the arrival of a canal in 1767 and the railway in the mid-nineteenth century. Hertford has been the county town of Hertfordshire since Saxon times, and has retained its importance in the affairs of the county. Major landmarks in the town include Hertford Castle, with some original sections, the Robert Adam designed Shire Hall (1779), Wallace House, the Corn Exchange and the Hertford Museum. Hertford lies at the confluence of four rivers, them main one being the River Lea, and when the weather is fine there can be no better way to spend a few hours than to take a stroll along the river, or even hire a boat and cruise along the river itself.

November 10, 2010

Moraira Costa Blanca

Filed under: Costa Blanca,Holidays,Spain,Travel — Tags: , — needahand @ 1:49 pm
Moraira Port and Marina

Moraira Port and Marina

An attractive town on the northern Costa Blanca, Spain, Moraira is located just a few miles from Javea. Up to around forty years ago Moraira was little more than a few fishermens cottages, sitting along the sea front. Although a marina and a number of urbanizations have since been built, the town has still retained much of its original quaint charm, most of the property in the area comprises isolated detached villas set amongst trees and vegetation. The beaches of Moraira have decent sand and warm, clear water, and are the ideal place to enjoy the wonderful Moraira weather, which is mostly sunny and dry throughout the year. The main beach of Moraira, Playa de L’ Ampolla, is within easy walking distance of Moraira’s town centre but it can get very busy during the summer season. A little to the south is the excellent beach of the Platgetes which is lined by a promenade. There are several pretty bays along the coast around Moraira, some of which are very rocky, making them perfect for snorkeling or diving. One of the finest coves is the Cala Punta Estrella, which can be accessed via steps dug into the cliff face. The pretty marina which is located close to the town centre and has over six hundred berths. Moraira is a desirable location for the purchase of holiday property and has also seen many expats settle permanently in the resort over the last 30 years or so.

Moraira Street Map.

November 8, 2010

Barnsley South Yorkshire

A town located to the north of Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Barnsley lies on the River Dearne and has a population of about 218,000. A centre for Yorkshire coal mining industry, Barnsley has also been notable for glassmaking. Originally a Saxon settlement, it had a population of 200 when listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. A busy market town for many centuries Barnsley received its charter to hold a market way back in 1249, its market was held on Wednesdays, the town also held 3 annual fairs, which attracted people from miles around to the town. Barnsley mostly grew to its present size due to the Industrial Revolution, when coal mining and glassmaking were important industries. Nearby places to visit include Wakefield (see map), the aforementioned Sheffield (see map), Huddersfield, Doncaster and Mexborough (see map), the northern areas of the Peak District National Park are also nearby.

View a map of Barnsley here:

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