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We will meet at Ingles in Mar Hill. Park over by the gas station. Suggested car pool donation is $5 pp. We will meet at 9:45 and depart at 10 a.m. on the dot (or close to it). It's about an hour drive to the trail head putting us there at 11. I put an end time of 4 p.m. to include a meal at the conclusion of the day. I don't expect this hike to take more than 2-3 hours to include photo opportunities. So if you don't plan on joining in the meal the hike will end earlier (aprox 2 p.m.) We will drive from Mars Hill to Erwin, TN, then towards Greenville, TN ending at Horse Creek Campground. As I haven't done this hike, it is exploratory but looks pretty easy. The hardest part is always finding the trail head. This is rated as a very scenic hike. The trail description mentions crossing creeks so bring an extra pair of shoes in case your feet get wet. Here is a link to the hike: http://www.rattreks.com/blog/rattreks/squibb-creek-falls-3-9-2013.html After conclusion of the hike, for those inclined, we can head to Johnson City for pizza and a beverage. We will carpool accordingly.
****Before signing up for this trip, please ensure that you will be going. I will be collecting the first deposits in January 2020 (half the cost $600).*** Preferably this trip will be by car if someone (or two) want to volunteer to drive the rental on the left side of the road. If no one volunteers, then this trip will be via train. Price includes all the hotels with rooms shared by two people. I have reserved rooms with twin beds or two beds and the van rental. I have included in the price a trip to the Lake District (England), a tour out of York to the Yorkshire Dales and Snowdonia via bus. If we drive then I'll deduct that from the cost. What is not included in the land package is the airfare plus all extra excursions, entrance fees, food, drinks, souvenirs or taxi fees. Sometimes we chose to do different excursions in each town. I like to visit what is free first and generally will walk via taking bus or water tours. For gas, one person usually charges to their credit card and at end of trip we share and divide the expense. Average cost is usually somewhere between $40-$75 pp depending on miles traveled. The land package pp is $1200 pp. You must purchase your own plane ticket. _________________________________________________________________________________ The Itinerary Day 1-4. May 13-17 --Arrive Manchester, May 13, 2020 (Wednesday). You are welcome to arrive in Manchester earlier but you will need to meet us either at airport or in Chester. 55 minute drive to Chester. Drive or take train to Chester, England where we will reside for several days. Stop in Great Budworth on the way and have a pint (or two) at the George and Dragon pub. If we go by train we will not be stopping at the pub. Accommodation--the Coach House Things to do--City Cruise on River Dee. Chester Walls; Chester Rows; Watergate and Lower Bridge Streets, Chester Cathedral, Dewa Roman Experience, Roman amphitheater, Walk the Groves--Queen's Park, Suspension Bridge, Roman Gardens. Visit Liverpool--Albert Dock, Cavern Club; ferry across the Mersey River. Day trip via bus to the Lake District (included in price) Day trip to Snowdonia in Wales (included in price) Day 5-8 May 17-20 (Sunday)--Leave Chester and drive to Buxton near the Peak District. Buxton, England. Queens Head Hotel. We will stop at (Mold) to visit--Plas Teg--($12.27 pp) one of the most haunted houses in Wales. ( Only open to the public on Sundays at 2 p.m. _______________________________________________________________________________ Things to do in the Peak District--Pooles Caverns and Buxton Country Park ($12.89); Solomon's Temple; the Pleasure Gardens; Cavendish Arcades; Grin Hill; Buxton Museum and Art Gallery; Chatsworth House ($27) and Haddon Hall ($20). *Dovedale--limestone gorge in the park ($3 to park).---Blue John Cavern ($17.18) & Speedwell Cavern ($15.34) --boat trip through underground caves. Day 9-12 May 20-23 (Wednesday) York--Queens Hotel York Minister; the Shambles; Ghost Walks; Jorvik Viking Center ($24.55); Betty's Tea Room; walk along the city walls; boat trips on Rivers Ouse and Foss; visit a traditional pub; York's Chocolate Story ($16) ; National Railway Museum; York Castle Museum ($13.5); Castle Howard; Yorkshire Dales and Haworth ($40.50--included in price). Manchester, fly home