| Monday, July 6, 1998
|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 www.usagateway.visitbritain.com.
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