“Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.”
–Walt Whitman, “Song of the Open Road”
For anyone living in London, I came across a great deal yesterday being offered by London Midland trains. The rail company is offering unlimited travel on any single day between October 23rd and 31st…for a mere ten quid (make that twenty if you feel like upgrading to first class.) Simply fill out the form on their website, print off the voucher, and bring it with you to the rail station on the day of your travel.
London Midland’s service runs from London Euston station to Liverpool–and almost everywhere in between. Their website even offers helpful destination guides to help spark your travel bug. Many of their ideas are perfectly suited to a day-trip from London…here’s some of the ones that jumped out at me:
St. Albans [shortest journey from London = 20 minutes]. With a cathedral, abbey church and clocktower, there isn’t much St. Albans doesn’t have to offer in terms of history…including Verulamium Park, built on the site of the Roman city of the same name.
Bedford [shortest journey from London = 36 minutes]. If you’re an English buff like myself, you might be interested in checking out the John Bunyan Museum, or stopping by Woburn Abbey–where the very tradition of taking English afternoon tea began.
Stratford-upon-Avon [shortest journey from London = 2.5 hours]. This hardly needs elucidating, but as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Anne Hathaway’s cottage, and several historic houses linked to the Bard himself, you’ll be hard-pressed to not find something to do…