Cv Publications' series of relocation guides to English counties was launched with my survey of Oxfordshire. It was a journey of discovery. Rather than just passing from point A to B, my excursions followed an ad hoc schedule of diverse routes. I found myself turning down obscure side lanes leading to little villages hidden in a marvelous landscape of deep countryside. Documenting over 100 centers, the county gradually revealed itself as largely unspoiled by the industrial sprawl. Oxford itself is of course very lively and cosmopolitan, but communications and facilities are as good in the many market towns. I was really interested to note the range of properties both old and new and the particular character of an area. I hope that my guide provides details and insights that will assist your own enquiries for a new location. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sangita Chauhan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071918/bk_acx0_071918_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The third in Cv's series of English County Guides is Buckinghamshire, first published in 2001 - revised and updated in the second edition, 2011. Although it is one of the smaller counties, Buckinghamshire has a strong individual identity, with the Chiltern Hills, steep roads going down through beechwoods and the blue distances of Aylesbury Vale. It is historic, with plenty of Oliver Cromwell and Royalist connections. There are some thriving county towns: Aylesbury, High Wycombe, and Milton Keynes. It is also conveniently close to London. The Grand Union Canal cuts right down from north to south and there are several sailing clubs. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sangita Chauhan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071813/bk_acx0_071813_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
With its eccentric shape, tacked on like a long medieval shoe to Southern England, Cornwall is not the easiest shape of an area to research. I began by driving north to Kilkhampton and Morwenstow, then south via Bude to Bodmin and Padstow. From there I moved east to Launceston, visiting Antony and St Germans near the Tamar Valley, and down to Looe and St Austell. The centre of Cornwall disclosed the working face of mining towns such as Bugle and Camborne, their clusters of Victorian terraced cottages built around great quarries and industrial sites. My route around the southern peninsula brought me past some fabulous aspects of the coastline; the uncompromised rocky landscape of Sennen and St Just, or the delightful flower filled vale of Lamorna and the dramatic headland of The Lizard. Cornwall is like another country, carrying its own culture and history, though its energy keeps it moving forward in a present reality. It can provide a blissful escape and equally opens itself to enterprise and new connections. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Damien Connolly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/073610/bk_acx0_073610_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The project of surveying Gloucestershire at first seemed to be almost too big to handle, indeed it involved multiple journeys crisscrossing the county. But I think the result reveals the great range of individual character in its many towns and villages: compare traditional Cotswold centers such as Great Barrington and Upper Slaughter in the north east with the intensely industrialized districts of Yate and Filton above Bristol, or the freshness of the Vale of Berkeley bordering the Severn Estuary. To the west the ancient Forest of Dean preserves its own mysterious aura. Gloucestershire is truly impressive and I longed to delve further into its history. I hope that the guide opens possibilities for your own exploration of the area. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sangita Chauhan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072391/bk_acx0_072391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The fifth of Cv's English County Guides Norfolk is characterized by the breadth and variation of its countryside, known for its arched skies and expansive landscape. In a series of journeys that crisscrossed the county, author Nicholas James recorded over 100 villages and market towns, ranging from Cromer to Hunstanton on the "Norfolk Riviera" to the King's Lynn by "The Wash". He also visited Wroxham and Hoveton, center of the Broads, and many lesser known hamlets nestling deep in this fascinating and historic part of East England. Further information is provided by local specialists: Malcolm Carter gives the story of Norwich Cathedral; and Joy, the official guide to Nelson's birthplace at Burnham Thorpe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Damien Connolly. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/077342/bk_acx0_077342_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.