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shepherd
09-15-2008, 01:37 AM
We're going to England in a couple weeks. We have no idea what we're going to do but we'll be there for a week. We're flying into Gatwick and we're going to rent a car. The wife has been to London several times (I've never been) so we're thinking about cruising around the countryside; maybe head down to Cornwall area.

Any of you have any suggestions? How about you guys who live there? I'd like to do some outdoorsy kind of stuff like sailing, windsurfing, hiking, biking, etc. And of course indulge in plenty of British cuisine and drink at the local pubs. We still may spend a few days in London, but I hear it's pretty expensive there.

Jesus_Freak
09-15-2008, 07:05 AM
I have been to and would recommend the lake district.

sizzler
09-15-2008, 07:47 AM
shep....i go to cornwall and devon loads for surfing and other stuff.....its about a 4hr drive to devon and a further hour for cornwall.....Croyde Bay in Devon is a superb surf village with country pubs and small surf hotels...it has a great surf vibe about it....here is a link to the accomodation around croyde..

http://www.croyde-bay.co.uk/accommodation.htm

there is a great beach nearby at saunton sands which is a longboarders paradise....the hotel at saunton sands is a bit more upmarket but very nice.......

http://www.brend-hotels.co.uk/TheSauntonSands/Rates.cfm?ccs=547&aokeywords=&aoca=29&aocr=30&campaignRef=1&gclid=CKy1y_XN3ZUCFQuJ1QodrlJwZA


further down the coast we have our surfing capital at Newquay,cornwall...its got some great beaches ,especially fistral beach where most of the comps are staged...Newquay itself is full of big pubs and big hotels...not really my scene...i prefer the surf village style of Croyde bay...


a great place to stay is the watergate bay hotel... i stayed here in may...it was awesome..great hotel,well suited for surfers...they have surfing,kite-boarding,mountain boarding....you name it....the resaurants are great...Jamie Oliver(one of our celeb-chefs) has a restaurant there....it is about 2 miles north of the crazy spots of Newquay......


http://www.watergatebay.co.uk/

as jesus freak said,the lake district is fantastic...it has the best lakes and scenery in england..unfortunately there are speed restrictions on all of them and there is no waterskiing...but there is lots of sailing and windsurfing clubs...its about a 7-8hr drive north of london......its a very popular tourist spot...

http://www.visitwindermere.co.uk/


my lake is about 2 hrs north of London...it has 2 slalom lakes and wakeboarding and windsurfing etc....its by the very historic town of stamford...

http://www.stamford.co.uk/


this is the website for my lake....

www.tallington.com


let me know the dates you are in town..i'll see where i am...

if you need to know anything else just holler...

siz

shepherd
09-16-2008, 10:42 PM
Excellent suggestions guys! We're thinking we'll spend the weekend and maybe Monday night in London, and then head over to Devon or Cornwall for the rest of the week. That Watergate place looks pretty cool. I've always wanted to try kite surfing.

Thanks!

sizzler
09-19-2008, 08:54 AM
let me know if you need anything else.....

JohnE
09-19-2008, 09:04 AM
What's "ringo"? - kneeboarding?

sizzler
09-19-2008, 10:56 AM
ringo.....is the tubes........