Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall was built by the Romans who started the work in AD 122. It crosses the north of England from Wallsend in the east to the Solway coast in the west. The metropolitan city of Newcastle to the county town of Carlisle.

The Wall has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site and is a popular destination for both British and International tourists. The Wall stretched for over 80 miles coast to coast and there are still good sections open to visitors. The most popular section is between Chollerford, just to the north of Hexham, and Lanercost in Cumbria. This part of the Wall follows the highest ground and you get great views, crags and tarns to explore. Here you will find the major excavation sites at Housesteads and Vindolanda.

The most famous part of the Wall is probably Sycamour gap or as it is locally known "The Robin Hood Tree". It was here that Kevin Costner came to film a short sequence at the start of his film on Robin Hood. Not exactly close to Nottingham but beautiful country all the same.

These pictures will portray some of the magic of the Wall.

First Sycamour gap itself.


Then the lovely country around Steelrig


and finally the tarn at Cawfields


This article was written by Mike Holly. Mike lives and works in the North of England. He enjoys exploring Northumberland's cottages.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Top 5 Golf Courses in the Algarve

Do you want to take a break, but not from the Green? For the golf enthusiast in you, the Algarve is a lovely choice for a holiday. The Algarve refers to the southernmost region of Portugal. With at least 37 golf courses available for visitors, you would not have to sacrifice your game to have a much needed escape. In this guest post, Nadine Hallak provides a list of the top 10 golf courses not to be missed when visiting the Algarve.
The first is the Benamor course, an eighteen-hole, par 71 course. Surrounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the rolling hills of Serra do Caldeirão, this golfer’s paradise offers its players beautiful vistas to enjoy during their game. Benamor also serves up a driving range, a restaurant, and chipping and putting greens.
Benamor Golf Course
Next up to the putt is Boavista, where golfers can gaze at the ocean while playing through the eighteen-hole championship, par 71 course. Boavista features five water obstacles as well as other challenges. Views of the Atlantic are particularly mesmerising from the 7th hole.
Boavista Golf Course
Palmares is the third recommended golf course in the Algarve. It is also an eighteen-hole, par 71 course, with the picturesque town of Lagos serving as its backdrop, complete with views of the bay. With its five sand dunes and a 550 metre fairway to the fifth hole, this six thousand yard course can pose a challenge to even the most experienced of golfers.
Palmares Golf Course
Number four on the list is the Quinta da Ria gold course. This par 72 course is surrounded by the mountains and the sea, but don’t let the beauty fool you as this golf course is not to be taken lightly. Its five lakes and hundreds of trees will put your skills to the test. Golfers who make it past that first set of obstacles can then look to further testing as the remaining nine holes feature a 90-degree dogleg.
Quinta da Ria Golf Course
Next is Vale do Lobo, designed by Sir Henry Cotton. This is actually a two full golf course, the Royal and the Ocean, which serves to double playing opportunities. Designated one of the top three courses in Portugal by Golf Digest, it features a driving range, swimming pool, and pro shop.
Vale do Lobo Golf Course
The other five courses that are well worth visiting are Alamos, Monte Rei, the Penina Resort, Gramacho, and Quinta da Ria. No matter which course you choose, be sure to schedule your ‘tee time’ in advance; golfing is such a popular pastime in the Algarve that failing to do so may keep you from playing.To begin planning your trip, search for cheap flights to the algarve early to get the best prices.
If you’re holidaying with friends or family who have less affection for golf, there’s no need to worry as the Algarve has plenty to offer everyone. From calm beaches and luxury resorts to authentic Portuguese restaurants, all visitors can find something fun to fill their time with. This post was written by Nadine Hallak, who is travel expert at leading flights deals website
Photo Credits: Algarve Holiday Let, Open Fairways and Portugal Golf Breaks