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Essence of the Shires

Essence of the Shires

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Staffordshire are the essential English Shires containing significant history, cultural and architectural jewels, and often overlooked scenic beauty - Read on ....


Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Staffordshire are the essential English Shires containing significant history, cultural and architectural jewels, and often overlooked scenic beauty - Read on ....

Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire are the essential English Shires that form a region broadly termed Central England or less glamorously the North Midlands. An area more generally regarded for its industrial base, it contains significant historical sites important to the story of England as well as cultural and architectural jewels, not to mention often overlooked scenic beauty. From the breath-taking Derbyshire Dales to legendary Sherwood Forest, not forgetting the National Memorial Arboretum – this is a busy holiday full of variety; Keep up!


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset via a lunch stop in Oxford to arrive Nottingham late afternoon. After settling in dinner is served in the restaurant.

Tuesday - To the beautiful Derwent Valley to board the canal-boat "Birdswood" for a 2 hour cruise on the Cromford canal. Departing from Cromford Mills wharf - a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving the worlds' first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and acclaimed as the first real factory system. After lunch drive into the Derbyshire Dales with a short stop at Bakewell, famous for puddings. Then a pretty scenic drive between dry-stone walls by way of Monyash back to hotel.

Wednesday - We shall visit the Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre, a magical destination for everyone wishing to enjoy the beautiful woodland and enduring legend of Robin Hood. Hundreds of ancient oaks over 500 years old - the Major Oak is thought to be 1000 years old. Walks for all abilities allow you to explore this special majestic landscape. This afternoon we continue to Clumber Park, once the country estate of the Dukes of Newcastle. The mansion was demolished in 1938 but there are still glimpses of its grand past. From the Gothic chapel, you can follow in the footsteps of Dukes through pleasure gardens, the walled kitchen garden, picturesque parkland, a lake walk and see an array of wildlife.

Thursday - Morning to the National Memorial Arboretum - we arrive in time for the 11:00 Act of Remembrance which includes a 2 minute silence, followed by free time for personal visits. A living, growing tribute to all those who have served our Nation - the 150 acre site is home to over 330 thought-provoking memorials. Return to Nottingham this afternoon where we are joined by a local guide for a tour of the city (part walk/part coach) - learn more about Robin Hood, the Civil War, Lord Byron and DH Lawrence whose associations bring its fascinating story to life.

Friday - Homewards bound with a stop in Abingdon, a charming town with a colourful history. Return to Dorset late afternoon.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Delta Hotel by Marriott, Nottingham Belfry

Following a refurbishment in 2020 this modern 4 star hotel offers a high level of style and comfort. Bedrooms are spacious and light with private bathroom, toiletries, hairdryer, tea tray, large TV, phone, free wifi, fridge, safe and air-conditioning. The Lawrence Restaurant provides a substantial breakfast buffet and 3 course dinner using local ingredients. The Oaks Bar offers a range of drinks over which to socialise in a relaxing environment. A leisure club allows guests use of a heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna – towels provided. Lifts serve all floors and room service is available.


Tour Price: £475.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £110.00


Price includes: All coach travel, 4 nights hotel accommodation, Half board meals, Narrowboat cruise, Entry to Sherwood Forest Centre,  Entry to Clumber Park, Entry to National Memorial Arboretum, Guide in Nottingham.

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
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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