Saturday, 9 July 2011

More From Whatstandwell

Our trip to England continues to be very energetic.  Monday - all day - I took the boys to the Alton Towers Water Park.  We had a great time on the flumes and rapids.  The boys worn me out as they played on a variety of water features but nevertheless a great place to take kids.

Blue John Cavern
Tuesday was suppose to be an easier day but ended up just as busy.  We had to go into Matlock, for eye tests, so we caught the train up from Whatstandwell.  We then went to the park and the boys played in the playground including a mini water park.  After the opticians we decided to walk back to Matlock Bath, but not the normal route.  We chose the route which runs up to the cliffs which over look the road between Matlock and Matlock Bath.  It was a pretty adventurous walk at times and we definitely earnt our lovely fish and chips when we arrived in Matlock Bath.  Then we caught the train back to Whatstandwell.

Tom & Ben on Mam Tor

Wednesday we went up to Castleton and visited the Speedwell and Blue John Caves.  The Blue John Caves were excellent and we really enjoyed the tour.  On the other hand the Speedwell Caverns were pretty boring, even though part of the tour was on a boat, and both boys and I thought it was total waste of money. 

We then walked up to the top of Mam Tor, which was a little windy, but the views were great.  There again watching the rain heading towards us soon sent as racing back for the car.  The boys were given a lesson on map and compass reading and some mountain craft by a passing walker which they enjoyed.

Thursday was, in Ben's view, the highlight of the trip.  A trip to the cinema in Nottingham to see Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D.  The boys loved it and I must admit it was pretty good and the 3D effect was superb.  We then went to Wagamamas for noodles and dumplings for dinner - so keeping in the theme of the afternoon.  I also dragged the boys round various shops to get bits and pieces that I needed. 

So that is an update of our trip so far and I'll continue with the last couple of days on another post.

1 comment :

  1. Sounds like a good 'un in a part of the country I know and love well! Enjoy the rest of your time in Blighty

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