Discover England's Shires 2018

Discover England's Shires 2018

Pleasant days with market towns and a heritage railway

Friday 31 August £259

Single Supplement NIL


INSURANCE £22.50  inc IPT



3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast. Excursions

Journey on the Great Central Railway

Day 1 Friday

Depart in the morning travelling through the Chilterns and Oxfordshire villages, canals and rivers to Northamptonshire, thence Leicestershire and its ‘food capital’, Melton Mowbray. 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at Scalford Hall Hotel.


Day 2 Saturday

Morning in Melton Mowbray for its markets and fine foods. Pork pies and Stilton cheese are particular specialities. Then a tour of Rutland (which isn’t very big!) to see Oundle and Rutland Water.

B, D

Day 3 Sunday

Drive to Loughborough for the Great Central Railway. Return trip to Leicester, taking note of historic stations etc and enjoy views of Charnwood Forest and Bradgate Park. Later in the day continue, through pleasant countryside, to the fascinating canalside features at Foxton Locks.

B, D

Day 4 Monday

Peterborough, for some sightseeing and shopping on the way home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

The peaceful countryside of middle England with fields, woods, canals and rivers, sleepy villages, market towns. On this gently-paced weekend tour there will be a variety of sightseeing stops with, for instance, opportunities to appraise the clever engineering of Foxton Locks, to appreciate quintessentially English foods at Melton Mowbray and to return to the age of steam with a journey on the Great Central Railway. Plus a fine hotel as the base for our drives out



Set in 8 acres of landscaped gardens, this Edwardian country house is a former hunting lodge and was the home of Colonel Colman founder of Colman's mustard. It is located just five minutes from Melton Mowbray in the heart of Leicestershire’s picturesque countryside. The large en suite rooms have all the usual facilities.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ashingdon Golden Cross Golden Cross, By Fox (Welcome Homes)
Barking, North St North Street, Barking,outside St Margaret's Church
Barkingside Barkingside, Fulwell Cross, by Swimming Baths
Basildon Trafford House Trafford House (Adjacent to Basildon Rail Station)
Billericay Sun Corner Sun Corner, Laindon Road, Billericay
Brentwood Brentwood High St, by Argos
Canvey Island - Canute King Canute PH, Canvey Island
Canvey Island - Haystack Long Road, Canvey Island, Haystack
Chalkwell Park Chalkwell Park Bus Stop
Chandos Garage Hockley Chandos Garage Hockley
Cricketers Westcliff Cricketers Bus Stop, Southend on Sea
Dagenham Wood Lane Wood Lane, Dagenham, Opp Morrisons
Eastwood - Kent Elms Kent Elms Corner, Eastwood, Rayleigh Road
Eastwood - Rochford Cnr Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, Rochford Corner
Eastwood Jones Corner Eastwood, Rayleigh Road, Jones Corner
Folkestone services XX Eurotunnel- Stop 24 Junction 11 on M20
Grays Oak PH Oak PH, Socketts Heath, Grays
Hadleigh - Vic House Cnr Vic House Corner, Kiln Road, Hadleigh
Hadleigh Church Hadleigh Church, Bus Layby
Harold Wood Harold Wood, Bus Stops, Harold Wood Station
Hockley Spa Spa Road Bus Stop, Hockley
Hopes Green, S Benfleet High Road, S Benfleet, by Benfleet Tvl opp Shell G
Hornchurch North Street, Hornchurch, Fire Station
Ilford Clements Road, Ilford, by East London Travelshop
Kents Hill Lights Kents Hill Lights Bus Stop, London Road, Benfleet
Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) Kiln Road (Kenneth Road) - Thundersley
Leigh on Sea - Elms Elms PH, London Road, Leigh on Sea
Leigh on Sea - Thames Dr Thames Drive, Leigh on Sea
M25 Thurrock Services M25 Thurrock Services Coach Park
North Shoebury Road Bus Stop , outside Asda (St Marys)
North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness
Pitsea Granada Bingo, Pitsea
Rayleigh Websters Way Websters Way, Rayleigh, opp Rayleigh Lanes
Rochford Station Bus Stop Rochford Station Bus Stop, Bradley Way
Romford St Edwards Way, Romford, Bus Stop 'H'
Shenfield Shenfield Station
South Benfleet St Marys St Mary's Church, Layby, South Benfleet
South Benfleet Tarpots Tarpots Coach Stop (opp Clare Road), Sth Benfleet
Southchurch - Swintons Outside Swinton Insurance, Southchurch Road
Southchurch White Horse White Horse Bus Stop, Southchurch
Southend Airport Bus Stop, Southend Airport, Eastwoodbury Crescent
Southend Queensway Bus Layby, Rear of Sainsburys, Southend
Stanford le Hope Rookery Rookery Corner, Stanford le Hope (St Cleres Hall G
Thorpe Bay Station Station, Acacia Drive, Thorpe Bay
Upminster St Mary's Lane/Bell Corner, Upminster
Vange Barge Vange Barge Bus Stop, High Road, Pitsea
Wakering Crouchmans Wakering High St/ Crouchmans Avenue
West Leigh Schools West Leigh Schools, London Rd, Leigh on Sea
Westcliff on Sea Bell PH Bell PH, Rochford Road Bus Stop
Westcliff on Sea Palace Palace Theatre, Westcliff on Sea
Wickford Halls Corner Halls Corner, opp Police Station, Wickford
x Benfleet Hopes see hope xxxxxHopes Green, High Road,xxxxxxxsee new p/up
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