Yank Wanker visits the UK

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  1. Bigbugberg

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    My wife and I are making an extended layover in the UK in July and would like some ideas on where to go. We have 5 days and would like to tour the countryside, hit some pubs, avoid tourists, hit some pubs, meet real people, and maybe hit a pub or three. We will be renting a car and plan to drive around and stay where the roads take us. We will be starting in London and I’m not averse to long drives.

    What say you???
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  2. gammaemme

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    go to France :D
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  3. Timpo

    Timpo NORTH WALES TRF.

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    I have not yet found a pub in France.........
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  6. Bigbugberg

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    Just short of interesting...

    Have you any input of value?
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  7. Snafu2

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    These are the real people you're wishing to meet :-)

    Coming to the UK and touring around what you think are quaint pubs in quaint locations will be the best place to meet tourists and are very much part of the tourist route.

    Real people in real pubs are in working areas which are not so quaint but if you fancy that just jump in the car head into any small town and pick a pub. Don't go to anywhere that has a Uni or large college as it will be full of students (not that there's anything wrong with students)

    5 days is not such a long time when it takes a day each way to go either way from London, so I'd say head west and visit some of the southcoast ports and coast line. Portsmouth or Plymouth have some real good pubs.

    Enjoy your stay.
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  8. fluff34567

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  9. nikkiwilts

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    The problem you have is that in July any pretty quaint English villages and half decent pubs WILL be filled with tourists. July and August are really the busiest months for tourists.

    I'd head West from London, the M4 gets you out of London heading West so if you want the best chance of making progress quickly that's generally your best option.

    Within 100 miles or so you'll be in some fairly typical English towns and villages once you are off of the motorway.

    Another option is to take the A4 out of London it's a reasonably fast road which heads West from London and takes you through some decent places.

    I grew up in Wiltshire and places like Lacock and Castle Coombe are very popular with US tourists (they are stereo typical English villages). Bath in Somerset is I think a beautiful city you may want to check out too. Further West you head into Devon and Cornwall both nice places.

    If beaches and coasts are your preference the South coast is within easy reach (again busy though in July and August) I'd suggest places such as Bournemouth, Weymouth, Sandbanks and if you want to see a few English bikers check out Poole in Dorset on a Tuesday night.
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  10. Wildman

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    come to oxford(google it) mate,rammed full of tourist in July thankfully most dont use the pubs
    there is a Morse trail(google it) of a load of pubs that will sort you out if not i will go the extra yard and take you to a few more, there's loads of nice buildings that i built to feast your eyes on and one or two old ones some other blokes built that are ok i suppose at a push

    bring your wallet

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  14. Bigbugberg

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    I understand the season makes for lots of lookers, but I really don't have a choice since it's a layover from South Africa.

    I'm guessing I'll be stacked with the masses visiting Oxford, Bath, Blenheim, and the like.

    I just want to see some country, drink beer, and eat. No different than what anyone on a bike would do any day. How hard is that?
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  17. redjay

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    I woudl drive north to Derbyshire and visit Bakewell (on a Monday) and go to the market there. Plenty of pubs in Bakewell and great scenery in the Pennines. Go to Stcckport and take the A6 (?) to Whaley Bridge, Buxton, then Bakewell. Stay in a bed and breakfast in or near Bakewell.

    Then go to Chesterfield. Its a nice drive from Bakewell.
    Lots of other nice places to visit in the Pennines.

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  18. fluff34567

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    I would go to Newcastle or glasgow and have a chat with some locals to get a true feeling of the place

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  19. redjay

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    But would he understand what they said (g) ?
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  20. Teabar

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    England's a nice country when the weather is nice and I think you'll have a half decent chance with your timing. Don't worry about the tourist numbers in July too much, it's way worse in August. In my opinion there are only a couple of areas I believe are really unique to England, them being the New Forest (directly west of Southampton) and the Cotswolds (around Charlbury). Both are smalltown/rural areas with loads of country pubs.

    There are of course other areas to visit such as the north Cornwall coast, the Lake District (Google Images - Buttermere) and the Peak District in Derbyshire but to take all that in will mean a good chunk of travelling. If you did decide to go north a day trip to Edinburgh would aslo be time well spent.

    Have a great time.
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