I really thought I was done with the California posts, but then I realised I’d left one out; I didn’t spend a fortnight in Berkeley and not visit San Francisco. In fact, Rosa and I headed into the city a few times, armed with clipper cards and a checklist of landmarks. I think we pretty much ticked them all off – eventually – so here’s an illustrated guide to our “scenic route” walking tour of SF.

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Autumn feels like quite a long time ago now; we’ve well and truly descended into winter (at four-pm my house’s average temperature is 13.5 degrees celsius). But back in October G and I decided to make the most of a stunning Yorkshire autumn and drove out to Bolton Abbey in the south of the Dales. It’s a large estate managed by the Devonshire family since the 18th century, and includes the stunning Strid Wood, a picturesque village and the ruins of the old Priory. We spent a quiet, overcast day exploring all three, marvelling at the landscape and the lack of other visitors.

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I think I would have felt a bit cheated if I’d spent two weeks in California and not gone to the beach; it’s kind of top of the list when in the Golden State. But having to use public transport for everything had the tendency to make things a little difficult. Nonetheless, we were determined, so Rosa came up with the idea of going to Land’s End and checking out the Sutro Baths.

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