10 Cottages to Visit in 2020

In one of our recent posts, we recommended 10 villages to visit this year. While there’s something romantically English about the rural village, even more quintessentially beautiful are the cottages which dot the villages greens and narrow lanes of the country’s settlements. We’ve been lucky to stumble across some stunning cottages in our travels and here are some of our favourites for you to tick off your 2020 bucket list.

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A Graduation Mini-Break

To celebrate Ruth’s MA graduation at Durham, we enjoyed a mini-break to the North East, visiting some old favourites, as well as discovering some stunning Rutland villages.

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10 English villages to visit in 2020

The English countryside is dotted with small village communities with a church, a pub and lovely cottages at their heart. From the outskirts of Bristol to the remote North Pennines in Northumberland, we were lucky enough to explore lots of villages last year. We think they are the perfect places to add to your 2020 bucket list.

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Introducing @northeast.england

The North East of England is a very special place to us. It’s where we first met – at university in Durham. We fell in love with the heritage and beautiful countryside of County Durham and Northumberland (as well as each other!) but thought that there was a gap on Instagram for photographers to share their pictures of the stunning region. So, we set up @northeast.england, a community account which we still curate, despite us now living about as far away from the North East as is possible!

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Exploring Blaise Hamlet

The tiny Blaise Hamlet is made up of nine cottages built around a green in the Henbury district of north Bristol. Hidden away adjacent to busy roads and a stone’s throw away from the M5, it is an idyllic oasis of calm; a reminder of bygone days.

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One of Britain's Favourite Walks

This walk through the countryside around the village of Malham in North Yorkshire is a favourite spot for British walkers. It takes in some of the most famous geological formations in the Yorkshire Dales and some of the best views in the country.

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High Force from Middleton-in-Teesdale

The waterfalls at High Force mark a 21 metre drop in the course of the River Tees, in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a walk we made when we stayed in the small town of Middleton-in-Teesdale, 4 miles East of High Force. We went on the approximately 10-mile round walk in February. The Durham Dales looked spectacularly stark in the winter.

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Pamplona’s Top 5

The capital of Navarre was made famous by Hemingway’s novel ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and is now known throughout the world as the location of the annual bull run at the San Fermín Festival. Not only do tourists flock to the city for the July fiesta, but pilgrims make their way through the town on their journey along the Camino de Santiago (or Way of St. James) to Santiago de Compostela. However, there’s so much more to see and do in Pamplona and, after living there for a year, here’s our top 5 from an authentic perspective!

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Our visits to Koblenz and Stuttgart

Koblenz was the first stop on our tour round Germany. We visited the town as a way of breaking our journey from Dortmund to Heidelberg and arrived mid-morning in overcast weather.

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A short stay in Heidelberg

Heidelberg is one of the oldest towns in Germany. Famous for its university and castle, it was a place we were very excited to visit!

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