Welcome to the blog of our motoring vacation in England, April 28 to June 16.

This year we thought we’d like to see more of the beautiful English countryside that we’ve enjoyed so much in various British TV series. Not that we’ll get much of the aerial vantage as shown on TV, more’s the pity. Initially we also wanted to visit Scotland and Wales but during the early planning stages it soon became clear that there is simply too much to see in England, so they will have to wait for another trip.

We are traveling by car in a clockwise direction from Heathrow, staying in the following towns and cities:

  • Ashford                                                         Kent
  • Winchester                                                 Hampshire
  • Torquay                                                         Devon
  • Truro                                                               Cornwall
  • Bude                                                               Cornwall
  • Taunton                                                         Somerset
  • Child Okeford                                            Dorset
  • Batheaston                                                 Somerset
  • Shipton-under-Wychwood               Cotswolds, Gloucestershire
  • Chester                                                         Cheshire
  • Bowness                                                        Lake District, Cumbria
  • Durham                                                         Durham
  • Northallerton                                            North Yorkshire
  • Scarborough                                              North Yorkshire
  • Cambridge                                                  Cambridgeshire
  • Guildford                                                     Surrey
  • Pangbourne                                                 Berkshire
  • London

Some maps will make this a little clearer.

Map of England - with route

English counties map

This is the re-constructed version of the blog originally on blogspot.com that was deleted by Google after day 38. It  includes posts for all days of the trip. For the record, the original continuation blog is at jandl2014ukmk2.blogspot.com

This blog is navigated in a similar fashion to the previous ones on blogspot.com. In this instance there is a link for each post, starting at the top left side of the page. Each link is labelled Day nn dd-mm-yyyy.

wp nav 10An innovation for this incarnation of the blog is that we now have videos in many of the posts. Note that you will not be able to play these videos until all images and videos on the page have loaded first. This can take a few minutes, depending on your Internet speed, if there are many images or videos. Some patience may thus be required. You can play videos full-screen by clicking this icon

wp nav 11in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player. Press Esc to exit full screen mode.

There is also a potential problem with videos: correct operation may depend on which browser you use. On some of our computers here at home Firefox (latest version 30) will not show videos. However, Internet Explorer 11 does work correctly on those machines, but it is available only under Windows 7 and Windows 8[.1].

We do hope you enjoy our blog.

Joan and Lothar

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