Back in Time for A Tunnel Trip

stoke bruerne

Just off the A508, a third of the way from Junction 15 of the M1 towards the A5, is the historic village of Stoke Bruerne. Just an hour from Knowle, here is a day out made for the longer, warmer days as Spring turns towards summer. With the sun rising through a blue sky above and a shimmer on the surface of the water beneath it, there is so much to fill a day in the canalside Northamptonshire village of Stoke Bruerne.

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Be Charmed by Chastleton

Chastleton House

Sunny summer days out in the Cotswolds are a delight and an afternoon spent exploring Chastleton House and its gardens, open Wednesdays to Sundays through spring and summer, can add icing to the cake.  Chastleton is less than a mile from the southern tip of Warwickshire yet still 55 minutes away from Knowle by car through the increasingly idyllic countryside south of Stratford and Warwick.

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Ryton Pools Country Park

Ryton Pools Circular Walk

Ryton Pools Country Park, in the heart of Warwickshire and just half an hour from Knowle, is a great place to visit all year round, whether for springtime bluebells in the woods, summer fun in the sun, autumn colour reflected in the water or a winter walk on solid ground.

The one and a half mile circular walk featured here is particularly suited to winter strolling when the going is soft. but also, at any season, for those less able to tackle rougher ground. It uses only well maintained hard surfaces and is fully accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

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Malvern – Footsteps of the Famous

Less than an hour from Knowle along the M42, M5 and A449, Malvern is a town forever overshadowed by the hills that tower above it and bear its name. Many who visit it are on their way up to and down from the footpaths and viewpoints of the rolling ridges above.

Its heart is the ancient and historic abbey, but from the remnants of an early coaching inn on the Hereford Road to the magnificent building used to house scientists from the nearby Malvern Hills Air Defence Research & Development Establishment (instrumental in a host of advances such as radar and liquid crystal displays), there was is much to see in the town itself.

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Historic Cromford


Cromford in Derbyshire, to many who pass through, is an unremarkable village where the A6 follows a sharp bend in the course of the River Derwent. Most speed on through en route to Matlock, Bakewell and the Peak District, unaware of its heritage as a cradle of the Industrial Revolution, and without stopping to assimilate its vast importance to the history of manufacturing.

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Bodenham Arboretum

Bodenham ArboretumFor a splash of colour from spring through to autumn and a fine day out with delightful strolls amongst a wide variety of trees set amongst the rolling hills, why not look to Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster.

Here the miles of paths, in 156 acres of woodland, meander around overhanging glades and a network of pools and islands, connected by wooden bridges.

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Spetchley Park Gardens

Spetchley Park Gardens

Open only from Easter until the end of October, not Mondays or Tuesdays, these historic gardens can provide several hours of relaxed and varied pleasure.

As estate gardens go, they are not in the Chatsworth, Stourhead or Stowe league, but neither do they hit you with the admission prices of those palatial parklands! Instead, here is a local, tranquil, scenic and imaginatively created green gallery, with a different depiction at every turn.

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