Hello, everyone. I am a single mum who lives on Vancouver Island, and I am (finally) coming to the UK to meet and visit with family. I am a first-generation Canadian, and so I am very excited to be able to come and see all of my relatives and learn about my heritage.
I have loads of questions, made more complicated by the fact that I have never flown, so bear with me. If there is anything you can help me with, I would appreciate your advice very much.
My family are nestled in a little village called Askrigg, in the dales. Me and my two sons will be staying primarily near them, and I am looking for cottage rentals in the area. I've also got some family in Boroughbridge who've kindly said I can stay with them for a few days, but they are quite elderly and so I need to be sure we won't be a burden. We plan to explore mostly Yorkshire and perhaps up into Edinburgh if we have time, but I admit I am very limited with money and so it may be that we stay close to our base.
I have no idea how to get to where we're headed! I thought Vancouver--Manchester would be the best route, but my cousin tells me it's quite a drive from MAN to where they are. She says there are smaller airports such as Leeds, Teeside, and Newcastle that are much closer, so I am asking some advice here. Is our best bet to travel to London and then on to a smaller airport? What about flying to Dublin (I have a friend there I would love to meet), and then on to one of these smaller airports such as Leeds? If I take into account that I will likely need to rent a car to drive from the airport into the dales (I've heard the buses are not very regular in the countryside), which route do you think would be best for a lady who will be driving on a new side of the road?
I'll start with those, and hope that somebody can answer some of them. Thank you so very much for any and all suggestions!