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Suggestions for Home Base w No Car

Hello! I may have the opportunity to spend about a week in the UK next summer with my 12-year-old daughter. I have been to England several times, and each time my husband has been comfortable with driving there, but he won't be there for this trip & I am not brave enough to drive in the UK, so I am trying to find a city to use as a home base that is easy to get to from a major airport and offers both a good amount of sightseeing and/or easy connections to other cities on public transportation for fun day trips.

I am interested in sporty things like hill walking, possibly surfing (don't people do that in Cornwall?), as well as history - as well as anything random that might appeal to a 12-year-old (helping on a farm, kayaking, etc.) I've been to London 2x already, so I don't really want to base out of there. We've spent about a week in the Cotswolds, but nothing north of there or south of London.

I would also love suggestions in Scotland if anyone has them. Thanks so much.

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I think you are on to something with Scotland, so how about a week in Edinburgh ?
Possibilities into Scotland - Stirling, St Andrews, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Glasgow, The Borders.
Possibilities into England - Hadrians Wall, Lindisfarne, Bamburgh, Alnwick, Durham, York.

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Amazingly, there is now surfing on Mt Snowdon in Wales. Perhaps your daughter could show off her SoCal surfer girl moves to the locals. It is a manmade lagoon with various levels of wave makers, and the world's longest artificial wave. http://www.surfsnowdonia.co.uk/

There is also surfing in Cornwall and south Wales.

The problem with Cornwall for you two is the public transportation. There isn't a lot.

Bournemouth? Plenty to do, easy transport, red squirrels (Brownsea Island), surfing-ish. Nothing to amaze San Onofre or Huntington. But good. Actual sand.

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Thank you David, Keith & Nigel. This has narrowed things down to a manageable list for me. I really appreciate your taking the time to respond.