Sunday, 18 November 2012

Hitchin Car Hire

Hitchin Lavender Fileds by Adam Raoff

Hitchin is one of England’s thriving market towns thanks to the part it once played in the flourishing wool and grain trade. Things started slowly and steadily with sheep making their way back and forth along the old Icknield Way, one of Britain’s oldest roads, but by the 17th century the coaches from London stopped at the Hitchin staging post and the town grew. Things continued to develop and by the time the railway arrived, a busy corn exchange was where grain was bought and sold, this made the town very wealthy. Today Hitchin has moved with the times, but it still sticks to its roots with a weekly market selling everything from clothes to food. But if it’s a traditional market you’re after, make sure you’re in town on the last Saturday of every month when a local produce and craft market is held down by the river.

Hitchin Car Hire is a terrific way to explore the local countryside and makes getting to Charlton, famous for the Windmill Pub, pretty easy. There are lots of woodland walks to be enjoyed by the river at Oughton Head and some lovely views from Windmill Hill, a great place for sledging if there’s any snow.

It's not just snow that makes the surrounding countryside so attractive; another of Hitchin’s beautiful landscapes comes in the form of its lavender fields. The fields are not only picturesque, but they’re also highly fragrant, so take care not to breathe in too deeply or you could fall into a deep sleep (although with this next man in the vicinity there's no chance of that).

Author: Kevin Hall+

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Hirwaun Car Hire

Welcome to Wales, the land of the male voice choir, leeks and a terrific language. This country may be small, but it’s full of modern cities and historical towns and villages, just like Hirwaun. Hirwaun, meaning long meadow in Welsh, is located at the northwest end of the Cynon Valley in the Rhondda, on the edge of the beautiful and rugged Brecon Beacons National Park.

Picture courtesy of Derek Cummings,

During the Industrial Revolution, the town was home to the Hirwaun Ironworks, and just like the other towns and villages which surrounded it, the men and women of Hirwaun worked in difficult conditions for their wages. Wages were paid not in pounds sterling, but in the Hirwaun Guinea which stopped employees travelling to Cardiff, or spending their money outside the village. But don’t worry, you won’t have that problem today, sterling is accepted everywhere.

When you stay in Hirwaun Car Hire is essential to explore Hirwaun Common to the west, or the magnificent Brecon Beacons National Park to the north. From the air or on the ground, these are places where you can truly be on your own and not see another soul. The British army’s Special Forces, the SAS, come to the Beacons to train so it should give you an idea of the difficult conditions that can be experienced here. There could be rain, fog and high winds, but there could also be warm breezes and sunshine, and just like in this video, you can get to see some magnificent views. One thing you should know, ‘yomp’ means a bit of a trek.

Author: Kevin Hall+

Friday, 2 November 2012

Hinckley Car Hire

The Lime Kilns, Nr. Hinckley - Stephen McKay, Creative Commons

The market town of Hinckley in Leicestershire is surrounded by rolling countryside and many pretty villages. Its history goes back to Saxon times, but it is perhaps most famous being close to Bosworth Field, the location which changed the history of the British monarchy.

In 1485, Hinckley was surrounded by rival strongholds, the Royalist garrisons at Ashby del al Zouch and Leicester and the Parliamentarians at Tamworth and Coventry. Not far away at Ambion Hill, King Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor in the battle for the English throne. Find out more at the Battle of Bosworth Visitor Centre, only 11 miles from Hinckley.

If you are travelling with the family and need a day off from battles and history, Hinckley has two more excellent places to visit nearby; the first is Twycross Zoo, and the second is Ashby Canal. Twycross Zoo is one of UK's leading wildlife attractions and home to over 1000 different species of animal, and Ashby Canal, with its barges, canal side walks, and traditional canal side pubs is an excellent place to stop for lunch by the water.

If you do choose to enjoy a pint at lunchtime it’s always best to walk back, rather than take the car; however, you may come across a pub called ‘The Tin Hat’. For many years, Hinckley was known as ‘Tin At’ (tin hat) as a sheep drover was always bragging he could down an ‘(h)at full of ale’. So, the landlord of the pub arranged for a tin hat to be made, he filled it with ale, and made the drover drink it.

Whatever your reason for visiting Hinckley Car Hire is an excellent idea, as you never know what the weather will be like. Take a look at the video below.

Author: Kevin Hall+