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BD-Bells and Gems of The English Shires

BD-Bells and Gems of The English Shires

Houses, gardens and rivers contribute to ensure this is a holiday to remember for many years to come. This lovely holiday now features the Loughborough Bell Foundry.




• Ride around Rutland Water

• Visit to Barnsdale Gardens

• A cruise on the Grand Union Canal

• Visit to Boughton House

• Excursion to the Loughborough Foundry


We depart and make our way to
Rockingham and our hotel for the next
4 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.

During your stay

• A ride around Rutland Water as we head
for historic Stamford. Take a walk around
the historic town – there is much to admire,
from the beautiful architecture to the
delightful shops with an abundance of
coffee shops and pubs to keep you going.
• Barnsdale Gardens, familiar to many TV
viewers as home of the late Geoff Hamilton,
and Gardeners World.
• A cruise on the Grand Union Canal, seeing
the Foxton flight of 10 locks, gently passing
through peaceful countryside.
• Visit to Boughton House which in 2012
hosted the cast of the Oscar winning film
‘Les Miserables’ and was featured in several
• Visit to one of England’s most historic
beloved institutions, founded in the 14th
Century - The Loughborough Bell Foundry
has been making bells for parish churches
and cathedrals alike ever since. It has
cast more than 25,000 bells hung in the
cathedrals, churches, universities and public
buildings of over 100 countries.
• The English town of Melton Mowbray.


After breakfast we depart for home.

Your Hotel


The Rockingham Forest Hotel


The Rockingham Forest Hotel is pleasantly

situated just outside the pretty

Northamptonshire village of Rockingham,

just a short distance from ancient

Rockingham Castle.


All bedrooms are en suite, and have satellite

TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee

making facilities. The hotel does not have a

lift as all bedrooms are ground and first floor


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bath Bath
Odd Down Park and Ride Coach Park
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Chippenham Chippenham The Bridge
Outside Rivo Lounge or Megabet.
Cirencester Cirencester Little Chef/Burger King
Hare Bushes Services, A429 Burford Road, GL7 5DS
Clevedon Clevedon
Miles Morgan Travel Agency, Triangle Bus Stop
Exeter Services Exeter Services - M5 - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Frome Frome
Market Place
Gloucester Gloucester outside the British Heart Foundation
Shop, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1SL
Gloucester Sainsburys Gloucester Sainsburys Layby, Barnett Way, Barnwood
GL4 3RT South East bound Bus Stop
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Ivybridge Ivybridge Leisure Centre Car Park - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Junction 27 M5 J27 M5 - Burger King/ Travelodge
Pick ups maybe fed to Gordano Services
M5 Junction 13 M5 Junction 13, Starbucks Formerly Little Chef
Melksham Melksham
Town Hall.
Michael Wood Services Michael Wood Services - Outward - Northbound side
Return - Southbound side
Midsomer Norton Midsomer Norton
Town Hall
Minehead Minehead Railway Station
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot Railway Station Lay By
Pickups may be fed to Gordano Services M5-J19
Plymouth Plymouth Railway Station SE Bound Bus Stop
Pennycomequick Hill/ Saltash Road
Shepton Mallet Shepton Mallet Station Road Car Park
Bus Stop near Monument
Somerton Somerton The Cross - Pickups from here may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
Street Street
Bayliss Centre
Stroud Stroud
Merrywalks Bus Station
Taunton Herons Taunton - Hankeridge Farm Bus Stop,
Herons Gate by Halfords Superstore.
Thornbury Thornbury
Aldi Lay-by
Torquay Torquay Coach Station
Trowbridge Trowbridge
Town Hall
Wells Wells
Princes Road Car Park
Westbury Westbury
Haynes Road bus stop
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Yeovil Yeovil Bus Station - Pickups may be
fed to Gordano Services M5-J19 to meet coach
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