Hello. I am fully aware that travel is at a standstill. However my husband and I were bouncing around the possibility of a England based trip should parts of the UK open to us ( Americans) later this year. We actually have a trip planned to Ireland for September but that is looking bleaker by the day and have spent some time this weekend trying to map out a England trip for my 40th birthday. Just in case it would be a option. We have been to London before but there are always things to see and we have friends that normally meet us from Hertfordshire for the day. I would want to do a day trip to Windsor from London this time as we haven't made it there yet. We both enjoy history and period homes and castles. To give you an idea the day I spent at Hampton Court was hands down my favorite on a previous trip. I am a Jane Austen fan and my husband is kind enough to indulge me. We love hiking/walking and beautiful scenery. We spent time in the highlands of Scotland several years ago and loved it. We considered a return trip there but there is so much more to see in the UK. I figured we would rent a car at some point. My husband has driven on the left previously. I have yet to pin down exactly where we would stay everywhere. Rick's England book gives suggestions but I am open to others. This is a very rough itinerary so please be kind but subjective. You should see what we have weeded out already! lol See below and let me know what you think...
Bath - 3 Nights - Possible day trip to Stonehenge or Glastonbury.. Not sure which.
Oxford - 1 Night
Cotswolds' - 4 Nights -Looking at Chipping Campden here. Day trip Warwick & possibly Stratford Upon Avon
Lake District- 4 Nights -Keswick or near.
We know it is a drive between the Cotswolds' & the Lakes. I would be open to dividing our time here but I thought one base would be handy. Hoping to get some hiking in. Open to suggestions. We are interested in seeing Hilltop Farm one afternoon in the south no matter how touristy it is. It does seem to be reopening in May.
Yorkshire Dales - 2 Nights. Still working on a base here. Would like to have time to visit Thirsk at some point as I enjoyed James Harriot's All Things Great and Small.
York - 2 Nights.
London -4 Nights- London sites we have missed on previous trips. Day trip trip to Windsor.
Any suggestions on car pick up and drop off? I was thinking Bath after a day or so as per Rick's suggestion to give my husband a day to get used to the time before he had to chauffer me about. As far as drop off I was thinking LHR or I suppose York and we could train into London. If there is place you think we need more time and a place that we should cut or take time from please let me know. We will have 20-21 nights in total. Thank you for your help!