A route taking in eleven of England’s more obscure famous gems. See if you can guess them from the clues.
- A famous settlement of the Catuvellauni tribe
- Home of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, polar explorer
- Site of the most severe hailstorm in British history (1697 - the balls were swollen to 4" in diameter)
- The site of John Bunyans 12 year imprisonment, where he wrote “The Pilgrim’s Progress” (please all read beforehand)
- A place so boring that even the Black Death gave it a miss, as we may well do too
- Home of Britain’s bull-running festival - a precursor of Pamplona (but abandoned in 1837 to to Health&Safety considerations)
- The original town in the expression “Painting the Town Red” circa 1837
- Home of Thomas Cook of travel fame.
- Site of King Charles’ victory over Fairfax in the Civil War (more famous for Mr J’s Mum being the headmistress of the primary school pre-WWII)
- “On the early morning of Tuesday 26 February 1935 the radio station at Borough Hill was used for the first-ever practical demonstration of radar, by its inventor Robert Watson-Watt and Arnold Frederic Wilkins, who used a radio receiver installed in a trailer to receive signals bounced off a metal-clad Handley Page Heyford bomber flying across the radio transmissions. The interference picked up from the aircraft allowed its approximate navigational position to be estimated”
- Erstwhile home of Europe’s largest cattle market.
Usual Sunday rideout rules apply - no nobbers, Harleys or 125s, ride at your own risk, rock up at the Ace with a full tank of petrol and a sense of humour.
Departure 9.00 am sharp from the Ace - it’s a full day out & we won’t be able to wait for anyone. Back after dark so bring clear visors.
Anyone want some???
Let’s have some guesses at the clues then …