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England travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.

Tourist Guides
Submitted by M05608
Use a qualified Blue Badge tourist guide in Britain so that you know you are being given the correct information and the guide is insured.
Money saving tip for London
Submitted by M05608
If you are going to be travelling in London on public transport invest in an Oyster Card. It is much cheaper than buying individual tickets and much quicker.
Travelling to tour destinations
Submitted by M16009
Reaching all your tour start points is very easy as they are all located in towns with an excellent rail link. Some have excellent direct airport bus links too such as Oxford.
Fly Fishing
Submitted by M13790
If you would like a day or two of fly fishing while traveling in the UK. I would suggest bringing a 4 or 5 piece smuggler with 4 or 5 weight line. However, if you don't fancy bringing your own tackle it is usually possible to hire a guide or 'ghillie' as it is know in the UK. He should be able to supply tackle and waders as well.

For some of the best wild brown trout fishing in the UK head for Wales and the Rivers Usk and Wye. The spring hatches on the Usk in April, May and June are really special.
Exploring Wales
Submitted by M13790
Many visitors to the UK head straight for the hot-spots of London, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon etc. But do not forget Wales. An ancient kingdom stuffed with medieval castles, mountains and small market towns. It is not a big place and can be explored easily by car.

The country is mostly rural and the roads far quieter than in England. Wales has three National Parks; the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokshire and Snowdonia. A couple of days in one or more of these parks and you will see the best that Wales has to ... view more offer.

Have a look at your map and a trip from Bath to the Brecon Beacons is no more than 90 minutes. From there to Pembrokshire a further two hours and from there you can take the ferry to Ireland. A great Celtic road trip.

Best place in London for award winning food
Submitted by M10400
"Roast" is an excellent, award winning, modern British restaurant at Borough Market, near London Bridge. Situated upstairs in an extraordinary glass structure that once formed part of the Covent Garden Flower Market next to the Opera House, it serves superb food using locally sourced produce. Ask the chef to come out and explain his vision! Ingrid W [London Blue Badge tourist guide]
Money Saving Tips in London
Submitted by M10400
If arriving at Gatwick airport, avoid travelling by Gatwick Express into central London. Buy a much cheaper train ticket with Southern Trains [into Victoria station] or First Capital Connect trains [into Blackfriars and Kings Cross stations] at the ticket office. The trains are just as comfortable and you could save up to £9 per ticket!
Gear and Luggage
Submitted by M16009
The weather in England can change hugely from day to day. So pack clothes that enable you to add or take off layers easily such as a wind/rain jacket, thick and thin tops, short and long trousers.

As we provide roomy panniers there is plenty of space to bring this gear along... Enjoy the ride!
Planning a Pilgrimage
Submitted by M16806
Planning a Pilgrimage: Seven pointers towards making a sacred journey

1. Pack lightly – the essence of pilgrimage is to find out who we are outside the cocoon of our familiar milieu, so don’t try to bring it along with you!

2. Take comfortable clothing and shoes – you will only get to know the land by walking on it, and many sacred places tend to be off the beaten track.

3. Be prepared to get dirt in your sandals – we are a society addicted to a lifestyle that promises to make us feel clean, ... view more safe, and protected from the environment, rather than free and open to explore it.

4. Less is more – if you try to pack in too many places to visit, you will spend precious time on the road – especially in countries where poor or narrow roads make distances deceptive. We can end up replicating our frenetic lives back home and return with spiritual indigestion, rather than feeling nourished. Choose two or three special places and prepare to spend time there for a few days, getting to know them – and the local people – in different lights, weather and moods.

5. Let go of expectations – pilgrimage is a gradual process of unfolding and discovery rather than a goal in itself. Spiritual experiences have a disconcerting tendency to happen at the least expected times and places, and require us to stay open to a higher agenda than our own.

6. Embrace your shadow – delays and inconveniences on the road or in less-than-perfect lodgings can make us annoyed and irritated. At these times, we tend to see these things as roadblocks to the spiritual experience we hoped to have, whereas they are all part of it. If we observe ourselves compassionately under stress, we can learn a lot about how we operate out of our comfort zone.

7. ‘Wherever you go, there you are’ – or as St. Brigit once told some pilgrims:

‘It's labor great and profit small to go to Rome,
Thou wilt not find the king at all unless thou find him first at home.’

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