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stellair
27th Sep 2005, 11:53
Hello everybody.

My Girlfriend and I have a week off next week, doesn't look like we will be going abroad as I have been backwards and forwards flying all summer and am sick of it, she has already frazzled herself for two weeks on a beach with her pals. We have a whole week off together which as many of those around aviation here know is rare. I want a day at Alton Towers and have a few other ideas for the rest of the week as does she but many heads are better than two....Has anyone been/done anything that they would recommend. Good days out, nice weekends, good resturaunts, blistering nightlife, fun trips? Distance no problem (I'm driving) Money no problem (well, within reason!) One condition.....Not London....Can't stand the place ;) Thanks in advance :ok: ................Tailwinds

The Real Slim Shady
28th Sep 2005, 17:29
Why drive?

How abouyt a few day trips courtesy of M O'L ?

Dinard - St Malo is lovely. As is Carcassonne. Great food too.

Dublin. A night out in Temple Bar. Shannon - lunch at Nellie's.

Prague - have a Budvar.

Girona - head into Las Ramblas.

Charleroi - some chocolate in the Grand Place.

Prestwick - Get the train to Edinburgh.


etc

stellair
28th Sep 2005, 19:52
Cheers slim,

I just checked out the last minute prices to girona and your right....Why drive....??? :ok:

Send Clowns
28th Sep 2005, 23:45
Bung me a few quid and I'll take you to the Channel Islands or Dinard cheaper than Fly'an'scare (in a twin, I have a CPL/IR). I need the hours! I'll even pick you up.

Rollingthunder
28th Sep 2005, 23:56
How about Lundy. If it's too rough for the boat to get you over, you get a helicopter ride. Stay in the lighthouse, look for puffins, have long wild walks.

Send Clowns
28th Sep 2005, 23:59
How long is the strip? If I can get a Be-76 Duchess in there then Lundy is not out of range :D I can get to Ireland if that's more your thing, although I assumed we were thinking day trips here so that might be a bit far.

Rollingthunder
29th Sep 2005, 00:08
Their site doesn't mention a strip but I believe there's a fairly flat field.



Runways
06/24 400mtrs, rough grass with rabbit holes & rocks.
Landing Fee: 10
Windsocks South
Circuits 1000ft QFE
Facilities Nil
Nearest fuel at Eggesford
Accommodation The Lundy Island website

Caution: This airstrip is only suitable for pilot's who are current
with short field flying in STOL aircraft. Obtain briefing by telephone before t/o from field of departure. A flyby is advised to examine strip prior to landing. Also keep sharp lookout for dense colonies of sea birds.

Send Clowns
29th Sep 2005, 00:11
There is an unlicenced strip; if it's as short as I think then my boss would sack me if I took his plane in - sack me for real, not a Friday night in the bar sacking! At the very least ban me from using the aircraft.

B Sousa
29th Sep 2005, 01:05
Virgin has a Non Stop Gatwick to Las Vegas..............Bring Money

TheFlyingSquirrel
29th Sep 2005, 01:36
I thought LV was a crap hole and far too expensive - honest - was so cold when we were there at night, I had my full NYC winter gear on and was still f***** freezing !!! The New York New York roller coaster was fun though ! Nothing to go back there for - double YUK !!:yuk: :yuk:

SmilingKnifed
29th Sep 2005, 02:48
My top choices;

Edinburgh - Top city, loads to see and do.

Belfast - It'll stop being a well kept secret soon.

Gower (West Wales) - Stunning scenery, good surf and nice pubs.

Aviemore - Beautiful and a pretty good night out.

Onan the Clumsy
29th Sep 2005, 03:20
Go to Blackpool. It's got trams.


and Yate's Wine Lodge

and a clapped out Vulcan

and a big bloody tower what you can go up

and they won Jeux Sans Frontiers

Rollingthunder
29th Sep 2005, 03:28
Yup. it's got trams.

In October, only the modified new ones.

And don't forget to register 24 hours in advance to be able to gamble at the casinos.

Victorian rules.

stellair
29th Sep 2005, 09:59
Hey clowns....thanks for the offer mate but I fly turboprops all day long and that is scary enough in itself....I can appreciate your need for hours though, apply to a couple of survey outfits, they are always looking for multi engine pilots and you'll get loads of hours esp during the summer. :)

Send Clowns
29th Sep 2005, 10:14
'S OK - I've got the job, but it's single-pilot so I have hours to burn before I can start. They have to be IFR and multi-engine or I'd have been able to find something like that!

So if anyone esle wants to take the missus to Alderney ...

newswatcher
29th Sep 2005, 10:35
stellair, if going to Alton Towers, you may like to try Shrigley Hall (http://www.paramount-hotels.co.uk/destinations/northern_england/shrigley_hall) for a short break. Currently doing 2 nights B&B, with dinner for two on first night only, two people for total 149GBP! It's about 35 miles North.

Paris Dakar
29th Sep 2005, 12:25
stellair,

Come to Newcastle!

Great bars, great nightlife, plenty of quality shopping for the girlfriend, fine food and some wonderful places to visit.

The Northumbrian beaches are some of the best around, there are castles to explore, superb walks, the Lake District is only an hour away, as is the Scottish Borders.

Come and visit us - you'll be pleased you did!

PD:)

Onan the Clumsy
29th Sep 2005, 12:26
In October, only the modified new ones.

WHAT?

you mean those square monstrocities that are an abomination unto the Lord?


Nooooooooooooooo :{

Rollingthunder
29th Sep 2005, 18:08
Yea, that be the case.

I had to let three go by to get the only old one on the line. In pouring rain and high wind.

Chacha
29th Sep 2005, 18:46
Edinburgh! .. Excellent city and you can drive there within a matter of hours! .. Stop on the way up at the Lake District! .. Beautiful place. Have a great trip wherever you decide to go! .. :ok:

Rollingthunder
30th Sep 2005, 00:48
Or, how about Skona Island, a nature preserve off the west coast of Wales. Interesting boat ride to the island. Good walks. Get to see (photograph) shearwaters, lots of puffins (lots more than Lundy) and some seals.
No airfield.