We returned from our latest jaunt on Monday and have been catching up with our everyday life. As I haven’t even finished my account of our trip to the Isle of Man and we have another expedition in a couple of weeks, I don’t know when I will get around to describing our latest so I will briefly describe it here.
We chose Shrewsbury as our centre of operations. There was nothing scientific about this: it just happened that when we looked for accommodation in the north, we found the best prices in Shrewsbury.
Next time we venture “up north” we will not stay in Shrewsbury. Not that there is anything wrong with the place – on the contrary, it is a pleasant and picturesque old town with a considerable history behind it, nestling in a curve of the River Severn that surrounds it almost completely, making it a quasi island. No, the problem is communications: we had to start nearly every excursion by travelling to Crewe and taking another train there. The inescapable conclusion was that we should have based ourselves in Crewe.
Shrewsbury was worth the visit, however, and we were able to complete the programme of explorations that we had set ourselves. These were Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool. From Liverpool were made forays to St. Helens (Elephant Lane) and to New Brighton. I hope to give more details and photos in due course.
For now, SilverTiger is back in business!
Update: for an account of our trip to Shrewsbury, see Shrewsbury 2007