Alphabet Travels P-T
Welcome once again to our 26 letter adventure, Alphabet Travels series. This is the fourth and penultimate installment of our adventures around the world, where we will be covering letters P to T. We hope you have enjoyed our other adventures. If you have not had a chance to see our previous travel posts, you can catch up on on our wanders around the world using the links below.
We would also like to thank all our contributors for the great feedback and for sharing your own stories and travel adventures, look out for your name below.
P is for Perth (WA)
I briefly covered Australia in our first Alphabet Travels post and mentioned then that Perth really is my favourite city. I thought this installment was the perfect opportunity to go into a bit more detail about the city for this post.
Perth is the capital and largest city of the state of Western Australia. It is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2,022,044 living in Greater Perth. (Wales, the country, has a population of 3 million).
Perth is located where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city, as I photographed in Alphabet Travels A to E.
There really is so much to do and see in Perth that I honestly could write several blog posts, but one of my favourite backpacking hikes was Mundaring Weir. A dam located 39 kilometres from Perth in the Darling Scarp.
The dam and reservoir form the boundary between the suburbs of Reservoir and Sawyers Valley and impounds the Helena River. If you crave some adventure then you must visit the Pinnacles a three hour drive north of Perth where you will wonder at the awe-inspiring ancient limestone pillars.
Q is for Quindanning
Now I personally have not been able to come up a decent Q story. They only place I have visited starting with Q is Quinton in Birmingham, West Midlands and we shall say no more about it. Fortunately a couple of our lovely readers have been able to help out.
Jo H: Quindanning, WA - Quindanning pub where we danced the night away and camped across the road from the pub. They had a Creedance tribute band playing. Everyone went crazy! My friend had a few too many and tripped over a tent peg (there were a sea of tents and campers) and cracked 4 ribs!
As if finding one Q was hard enough, we could not miss out adding Anita’s story as it made us chuckle as much as Jo did.
Anita E: I’ve been to the Queens nightclub in Carmarthen (sadly no longer there) if that helps; Q is really hard. The only place I could think of I have been to is Queensferry, outside Chester (only because I took a wrong junction on the roundabout) and that’s horridly industrial. Not recommended.
R is for Rugby
Rugby may seem a small market town in Warwickshire, England, but in fact the town has a population of 70,628 making it the second largest town in the county. Rugby sits close to the River Avon and is a picturesque semi rural area of the Midlands.
Unsurprisingly Rugby is known for the invention of the sport of the same name, by William Webb Ellis when he broke ranks in a football match played at Rugby school in 1823 and Rugby is now played throughout the world.
I have many fond memories of visiting my Nan and Grandad who lived in the town and I still have cousins that call Rugby home. We had many lovely family days out in the parks and around the town.
S is for Scotland
I have been lucky enough to visit one of the most stunning countries in the world. I compare Scotland to the Northern equivalent of New Zealand or even New Zealand being the Southern Hemisphere Scotland.
My most memorable trip was a coach and backpacking trip that covered Edinburgh, Ben Nevis (Fort William) and Loch Ness. We took a ‘hop-on, hop-off’ bus tour of Edinburgh town to take in the sights. You absolutely have to walk around the outside of the castle and listen to amazing street buskers. The atmosphere is simply amazing. Although we never did the ghost tour that is another highly recommended must do.
I am so lucky to say that I have climbed Ben Nevis. We never made it to the top, the weather closed in and was awful. We will be covering Mountain Survival in a future post and you simply do not take risks even on a tourist trail, but it was still an amazing experience and we had a lovely day exploring the town.
Loch Ness was everything I had hoped the legend to be. It was a beautiful day fortunately when we visited and took one of the boat trips across the loch in search of Nessie. You can read more about Loch Ness in our K-O Alphabet Travels Post.
T is for Torquay
Torquay is one of my top five favourite places. Dunk was lucky enough to spend his teenage years growing up in Dawlish and then Torquay, where much of his family still live.
We have spent almost every yearly holiday in the picturesque seaside resort town on the Devon coastline, nicknamed the English Riviera. Torquay harbour and the town centre offers shops, cafes and a marina. There are so many sights to see, but I recommend:
The Living Coasts at the harbour side a coastal zoo with Sea creatures, an aviary, otters and free roaming penguins, plus talks and up-close experiences.
Babbacombe Model Village a park with 4 acres of miniature houses, vehicles and people, including castle and fiery dragon.
Explore at least some of the South West Coast Path. Perfect for hiking, running, sightseeing, and adventuring. The South West Coast Path is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath and a National Trail that stretches for 630 miles from Minehead to Poole Harbour.
Over to you. We would love to feature more of your own travel stories and adventures if you have visited any of the places we have mentioned or have your own adventure tales for any letter we would still like to hear from you. You can comment below and find us on social media #AdventureWild.
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