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Monday, July 6, 1998
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Northern Exposure--A Free Guide Spotlights a Little-Known (and Inexpensive) Region of England
Americans know about the Lake District of northern England as a lovely area amenable to tourism, but that's about as far as most people's knowledge goes. That's a shame, because the region reaching north of Manchester all the way up to the Scottish border is begging to be discovered--from the Yorkshire dales to the rugged hills of the Pennines, from Hadrian's Wall (that remarkable 2nd-century Roman engineering achievement) to Durham's superb Norman cathedral. A newly issued (and free) 72-page British Tourist Authority guide to the area, called England's North Country, not only suggests itineraries and culls the region's most noteworthy attractions, it also tells you how to stay affordably throughout the shires. It tells you about literally hundreds of carefully vetted small hotels, guest houses, and bed-and-breakfasts, many of which offer rooms at less than 50 (about $80) per night--sometimes considerably less. Also included in its lodgings list are self-catering facilities, camping sites, and caravan parks. Rounding out the package are a calendar of events, some slightly odd, through the end of the year (you may not make a special trip to England for Cumbria's Biggest Liar In The World competition, but it might be a fun stop if you're in the area), and a map that's detailed enough to use for driving the area. (Rail links to this part of England are excellent, by the way.) To get a copy of England's North Country, call the British Tourist Authority at 800/462-2748. You might also want to visit the BTA's Web site at

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