When Denise Tayler decided to retire as Editor of C4S she got out her travel bucket list, snubbed the sun and instead embarked on a journey of discovery into the heart of Britain’s illustrious heritage.
Following my recent decision to retire from publishing, I inevitably thought about a trip away to begin my new adventures.
Thailand? Isles of Scilly? New York? All desired destinations, all on the list.
However, as I browsed through my Woods Travel brochure I realised there’s a whole strip of the UK that has somehow always passed me by – the middle bit.
Before I could say ‘Industrial Revolution’ I found myself and friend transported by taxi to a luxury coach that took us to Telford and the Union Canal for a fabulous five-day tour.
Staying in the beautiful four-star Telford Hotel resort, set in 170 acres of Shropshire countryside, we were impressed by the friendly staff, fine dining, indoor pool and spa facilities. We began each day with a lovely swim to kick off each day’s exciting adventure.
Our first tour was to Norbury for a cruise on the Shropshire Star Union canal narrow boat – interesting to think about our industrial heritage, now turned over to wildlife habitat – including the human kind.
This was followed by a guided tour of the gorgeous stately home at Weston Park.
We then travelled west to the ruins of Wroxeter Roman City to discover urban living 2,000 years ago, with a guided tour and wine tasting at the vineyard. Other excursions included a visit to the Shugborough Estate to see the mansion house, including a working Georgian farm and beautiful gardens.
Each day was different, with plenty of time to explore and enjoy local food and drink.
Then just when we thought they couldn’t pack in any more, we headed south to Ironbridge to gaze over the iconic bridge, before continuing our journey home, making suitable refreshment stops en route.
We could not fault the service of Woods Travel, hotel staff and our driver, and had a real laugh with our fellow passengers along the way.
Now where’s that list for my next adventure?