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March 21, 2018

Dorset Maps

Filed under: England,maps,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:29 am

Dorset Street Maps – If you are searching for a good street map for any city, town or village in the county of Dorset, UK, you should look at our new website offering maps for virtually every settlement in Dorset. So its possible to find a comprehensive street map for: Chilcombe, Winfrith Newburgh, Holworth, Higher Ansty, Pokesdown, Halstock, Cerne Abbas, Tarrant Rawston, Chideock, Hill View, Gussage All Saints, Charmouth, East Chelborough, Puddletown, Hampreston, Stour Provost, Boscombe, Colehill, Tarrant Launceston, Gussage All Saints, Harmans Cross, Fifehead Neville, Cann, Whitechurch Canonicorum, Pokesdown, Lillington, Tadden, Oborne, St Ives, Pamphill, Uppington, Powerstock, Holt Heath, Hamworthy, Goathill, Warmwell, Hermitage, West Bay, Pulham, Parley Cross, Dudsbury, Lyme Regis, Over Compton, Holt, Piddletrenthide, Waterloo, Swanage, Pentridge, Southwell, Tarrant Rushton and hundreds more places.

Website: http://www.dorset.mapamundo.uk

March 7, 2018

Visit Cornwall

Filed under: England,Gardens,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 2:37 pm

Visit Cornwall – One of the most popular places to visit in the United Kingdom, especially during the summer months, is the county of Cornwall. Literally Cornwall has it all, wonderful beach resorts, stunning scenery, historic castles and country houses, beautiful gardens, surfing, fishing, hiking, camping and much much more. It enjoys some fabulous weather conditions and is a great summer holiday destination. Located in the temperate South-West of England, Cornwall juts out into the Atlantic Ocean like a giant’s leg dipping its water into the sea. At its tip is Land’s End, the southernmost tip of England. Popular towns to visit include Penzance, St Austell, Newquay, Bodmin, Perranporth and the capital Truro. Tourist attractions include Dartmoor National Park, the Eden Project, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Pendennis Castle. The coastline of Cornwall is rugged and beautiful and the famous South West Coastal Path is one of the finest walking routes in the World, attracting many thousands of visitors each year.

Find maps of Cornwall here: http://www.cornwall.mapamundo.uk

March 5, 2018

Visit Buckinghamshire

Visit Buckinghamshire England UK – If you like to visit rural locations you might be interested in a visit to the pretty county of Buckinghamshire, located to the north-west of London. Buckinghamshire is a historic county with wonderful countryside and some amazing places to visit. You might start with historic towns like Aylesbury or Amersham and maybe get some retail therapy at the new city of Milton Keynes which has some outstanding facilities. You could go for long bracing walks on the ever popular Wendover Hills and woods, part of the Chiltern Hills area. One of the most interesting places to visit is Bletchley Park where you can learn about the early story of computing and learn how the famous Enigma machine was developed to decode German messages during World War 2, a process which helped to end the war and secure victory for the Allies. If you like country houses, you should not forget to visit Waddesdon Manor, a stunning house built in the style of a French chateau. You might also like to pop along to Hughendon Manor, country home of former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, or maybe visit the Hellfire Caves nearby in West Wycombe, where meetings of the Hellfire Club took place in the 18th Century. If you are a train fan you could head for Quainton, where you will find the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, a very popular attraction, especially for steam enthusiasts. Buckinghamshire has so many places of interest you will not know where to head next.

Find maps of Buckinghamshire towns and attractions here: http://www.buckinghamshire.mapamundo.uk/

March 1, 2018

Visit Derbyshire

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 1:32 pm

Visit Derbyshire – If you are looking for somewhere different to visit this year you might want to consider the UK county of Derbyshire. Not often though of as the traditional holiday destination, Derbyshire has some wonderful places to visit with the Peak District National Park taking up a large part of the county. Derbyshire also has some attractive towns and cities with Derby itself having some fabulous attractions including Derby Cathedral, Pride Park Stadium, The Quad, Pickford’s House Museum, Derby Silk Mill, Calke Abbey and many more. Trekking in the Peak District is a popular pastime and the county as a whole has many more tourist hot spots such as Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and Peveril Castle. There are a number of National Trust properties so you can visit their website to get the low down on the best places to visit in Derbyshire. If you enjoy camping or have a motorhome, you will find plenty of campsites where you can stay and enjoy the amazing scenery that Derbyshire has to offer.

View maps of all the towns and villages here: http://www.derbyshire.mapamundo.uk/

June 19, 2017

Huddersfield West Yorkshire

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 10:05 am

Huddersfield West Yorkshire: One of the largest “towns” in England, Huddersfield is located within the county of West Yorkshire, formerly known as the West Riding of Yorkshire. Huddersfield has a population of approaching 169,000 meaning it is a very big town by UK standards. Over the centuries Huddersfield has been a mostly industrial town for many years relying on its mills, which produced wool, linen and textiles to be exported all over the UK and in fact all over the world. Today, Huddersfield is still mostly industrial, though its biggest employer is the well known University of Huddersfield. Several famous people have been born in Huddersfield the most notable being former Prime Minister of Britain, Harold Wilson and the famous Hollywood actor James Mason. Huddersfield is situated roughly midway between the cities of Manchester and Leeds and sits just off the M62 motorway, which is the easiest road from which to access it. Places to visit in Huddersfield include the Tolson Museum, the North Light Gallery, the Colne Valley Museum and the Smith Art Gallery.

February 18, 2016

Wiltshire

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 1:23 pm

Wiltshire – A pretty county located in the South-West of England, Wiltshire has a wealth of tourist attractions that make it a must visit place if you are in that part of the UK any time this coming year. The most famous of its attractions is of course Stonehenge, but don’t suppose this is all there is to Wiltshire, because you will find plenty more to astound and amaze in this delightful county. Be sure to visit Salisbury where you will find the fantastic cathedral and a great visitor centre, also have a look at Old Sarum. Don’t miss out on Wiltshire’s other historic towns such as Devizes, Malmesbury or Trowbridge, where you will find lots to see.

September 14, 2015

Castile and Leon Spain

Filed under: Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — needahand @ 4:20 pm

Castile and Leon Spain – Castile and Leon is an autonomous community of Spain, referred to as “historical community” and “culture” in its statute of autonomy. It was formally established in 1979 and acquired its full status in 1983. Its territory is located in the northern part of the plateau of the Iberian Peninsula and is largely corresponds to the Spanish area of the Douro river basin. It consists of 9 provinces: Leon, Avila, Segovia, Burgos, Salamanca, Palencia , Zamora, Valladolid and Soria. It is the largest autonomous region of Spain, with an area of 94,226 square kilometres, and the sixth most populous, with 2,519,875 inhabitants. Right from the start of the federalist debate in Spain in the nineteenth century, during the First Spanish Republic there were projects of autonomy for castellanoleonesa region, including the current regions of Cantabria and La Rioja, this continued during the Second Republic and finally took place after the Spanish Constitution of 1978, but did not include Cantabria and La Rioja.

August 21, 2015

Stowmarket Suffolk

Filed under: England,Facts,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:56 am

Stowmarket Suffolk England: Stowmarket is a town of 15,059 inhabitants and is located in the county of Suffolk. This town is on the A14 between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and on the railway between London and Norwich. It is the largest town in Mid Suffolk, on the banks of the River Gipping which is joined by the River Rat further south. The town takes its name from “Stow” an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “main square”. Stowmarket received a charter to hold a market in 1347 from Edward III of England, which added the “market” suffix to the town’s name. Even today, a bi-weekly market is held on Thursdays and Saturdays. The county of Suffolk has an area of almost 1,500 square miles and a population of 730,000.

August 19, 2015

Catalonia Province Spain

Filed under: Costa Brava,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:40 pm

Catalonia Province Spain – Catalonia is a Spanish autonomous community located in the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula. It occupies an area of about 32 000 square kilometres and is bordered to the north by France (Midi-Pyrenees and Languedoc-Roussillon) and Andorra, to the east by the Mediterranean Sea along a coastal strip of about 580 kilometres, south to the Valencian Community, and to the west with Aragon. This strategic location has nurtured a very intense relationship with the territories of the Mediterranean and continental Europe. Catalonia is composed of the four provinces of Tarragona, Barcelona, Lleida, and Girona, its capital is the city of Barcelona. Catalonia has a population of about 7.5 million people and a total of 948 municipalities of which two thirds live in the metropolitan area of Barcelona. Catalonia has a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea.

August 18, 2015

The Province of Valencia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Azahar,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 3:12 pm

The Province of Valencia Spain – The province of Valencia is located in eastern Spain, it covers an area of 10,763 square kilometres and has a population of around 2.5 million inhabitants, the province has a total of 266 municipalities. The Province of Valencia is part of the larger Comunidad de Valencia (autonomous community) and it borders the Mediterranean Sea and the provinces of Alicante, Cuenca, Castellon, Teruel and Albacete. Around three quarters of the population of the province live in the city of Valencia and its metropolitan areas. Apart from Valencia city itself, the province has some sizeable towns such as Sagunt, Xativa, Gandia and Paterna.

August 12, 2015

Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Costa del Sol,Facts,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:33 pm

Andalucia Spain – The second largest of Spain’s autonomous communities, Andalucia lies in the extreme south of the country with coasts on both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This is a historic region and is a huge draw for tourists, both to explore its ancient cities and towns and to enjoy its wonderful climate and sandy beaches. Andalucia (Andalusia) comprises 8 provinces, and these are Seville, Jaen, Malaga, Huelva, Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba and Granada. Andalucia cover a huge area of some 87,000 square kilometres (33,500 square miles) and has a population of eight and a half million. The name of the region originated from the Arabic language (Al-Andalus) and dates from the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula (during the 8th to 13th centuries). Andalucia has several well known coastal areas including the best known Costa del Sol, plus the Costa de la Luz, The Costa Almeria, and the Costa Tropical.

August 10, 2015

Almeria Province Andalucia Spain

Filed under: Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 12:59 pm

Almeria Province Andalucia Spain – Located between the provinces of Granada and Murcia in the south-east of Spain, Almeria province is one of the eight provinces within the Andalucia autonomous community. The capital of the province is the city of Almeria, which of course gave the province its name. Almeria province has a population of over 600,000, and has considerable area which are largely unpopulated, the area of the province is almost 90,000 square kilometres, the 27th largest of Spain’s provinces. Some notable places in Almeria, with good sized populations are Roquetas de Mar (50,000), Nijar (19,000), El Ejido (80,000) and Adra (22,000). Along the coast there are a number of popular seaside resorts such as Almerimar, Carboneras and Mojacar.

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