One of the benefits of my job as I’ve mentioned before is that I get to travel around the country…not just in England but Scotland and occasionally Wales too. Since 2007 I’ve travelled east, south, north and west of the UK. In that time I’ve pretty much been to nearly every county in England, a few in Scotland and over the border into Wales, then out again. In the years between 2002 and 2007 I mostly worked in London, and that of course has become my passion. However, it is brilliant to be able to travel to new places and see the country.
A while ago I was working in East Sussex, not the first time in this county, but in a new town. I was chatting to my client, sharing travel stories (she’s also quite well travelled), and just for fun I had a look at the map of Britain and listed all the counties I had either worked in, or travelled to during the course of my job…..i.e. some clients enjoys driving so we get to travel far and wide. Needless to say I do the driving 😉
I have been to villages so small that they don’t even have a Post Office never mind a traffic light or stop street, where the evening traffic jam is sheep going home! I’ve worked in numerous towns, and quite a few cities…namely London of course…I always jump at the chance to work in London although I’m not sure why since my breaks are so short I seldom get time to do much exploring…but still it’s a constant thrill to me to wake up in the city that never sleeps. I’ve also visited a few counties in Scotland and Wales, but those in the capacity of a tourist, rather than for work. For the purposes of this article, I’ll stick to those I’ve been to for work….
So heading round the country, these are the counties I have worked in and travelled to; 27 so far:
Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex
and my favourite county of all Suffolk….amazing!!!
Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Beautiful Cambridge and surrounding areas
quirky and fabulous Weobley
the views from St Briavels are hard to match
another of my favourite counties, Somerset is splendid
one of my favourite counties – Devon is on the Jurrasic coast…
as with Kent, there are many farms in Hampshire as well as fabulous villages
the bells ring out in Oxford….stunning city
pretty as a picture, and snow…
West Sussex has a most amazing array of historical towns…and quite a few castles
Stunning houses and pebble beaches
the garden of England – Kent is mostly farmlands and fields
wonderful, wonderful London I’ve worked in so many areas, I’ve lost track..
Worcestershire – which is the latest and where I am now 🙂
Worcestershire…..what a delightful surprise, and those hills
view of the Malvern Piory and countryside of Great Malvern, Worcestershire
I’ve visited Cornwall, Dorset and Warwickshire whilst working, but not yet actually worked in those counties. I’ve travelled through (by train), but not actually stepped on the soil of 4 others: Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland…I will have to address that pretty soon!! I have however noticed that there are still quite a few counties to go, particularly in the Midlands…see you there 😉
Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty – I’ve worked in both these counties and truly Scotland is amazing.
One of the most advantageous aspects of this job of mine is that I go to places I would probably never have considered, simply because they’re not on the ‘Visit England’ tourist trail so to speak. However, these places invariably have a fascinating history and if you visit the one thing you will find in every hamlet, village, town or city…..the church, you will learn the oftentimes extraordinary history of the area…sometimes stretching back as far as pre-Norman times. Reading the epitaphs and headstones, you gain a fascinating insight to the history of the area. I’ve even been into a church where there are marks on the entrance where knights of yore used to sharpen their swords!!! Mind-blowing.
My most amazing experience was in Midhurst. As town names go it’s fairly simple, but did you know they have a castle!!!
Midhurst….one of my most delightful discoveries
I’m desperately keen to travel the width and breadth of the UK and initially I had planned on buying a campervan…those cute little symbols of the 60’s, but since I will be spending a lot of time travelling and living in the thing, I’d prefer something I can actually stand up in…so the search is on. It is now my goal to buy a motor-home within the next few years…by my 65th birthday in fact, & then travel the width, breadth, and length of this country…visiting outlying islands, historic cathedrals, ancient villages, quirky pubs and the furtherest points of the island; north, south, east & west.
Once I find what I am looking for, I shall be off. I plan to travel and work, work and travel. Mostly in the spring, summer and autumn months and in winter I shall head to Europe. What a plan!!! Why not come along, travel with me and see all the wonderful things I shall see.
If you have any suggestions of quirky traditions or places you think I should add to my list, then please leave a comment and I’ll add them to my itinerary.
Have a fab day.
and talking of quirky, here is a blog you should definitely follow. The Quirky Traveller
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