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Tales from our Youth

Thursday 10th to Monday 14th September 2020 - A journey back to the books and stories we knew as youngsters, visiting towns and places that inspired the authors. From £399pp

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Let me tell you a story…This is a journey back to the books and stories we knew as youngsters and the lives and times of their authors. Their stories are often entwined by their own fond local connections Enjoy a meander through these tales as we travel through some of the prettiest parts of southern England. Sit back and discover Jane Austen Country, see the grand house that is said to have inspired Kenneth Grahame’s Toad Hall and walk the Oxford streets of CS Lewis and, of course, TV’s Morse.


The Hampshire Court Hotel****

This modern and luxurious hotel is in the heart of “Jane Austen Country” and boasts good leisure facilities, making it the perfect base for this relaxing break.


Holiday includes:

· 4 nights, bed, full English breakfast & dinner

· Tour of Mapledurham Watermill

· Free time in Guildford

· Guided tour of Oxford

· River & Rowing Museum

· Time in Henley–on-Thames

· Visit to Roald Dahl museum

· Jane Austin museum

· Travel by Tally Ho! Pullman coach

· Accompanied by our Tour Manager



£399 per person based on two sharing twin/double room.

Single supplement £88pp.


Your nearest pick-up point.

Thursday 10 Sept

We travel to our hotel stopping for a visit to Mapledurham mill, Your guide will be The Miller of Mapledurham and the tour will include the beautiful St Margarets Church, the impressive Archimedes Hydro Turbine and of course Mapledurham Watermill. Mapledurham House is said to be Kenneth Grahame's inspiration for Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows.


Friday 11 Sept

Travel to the great university city of Oxford. It was home to several literary figures including CS Lewis who wrote the Narnia books, and it was the final resting place of Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows. More recently Oxford was the setting for the Inspector Morse series. Take a leisurely tour with a local guide. In the afternoon we visit the pretty town of Great Missenden, home of Roald Dahl, where we'll visit the museum in his memory. Flushbunkingly Gloriumptious.


Saturday 12 Sept

We follow the Thames, exploring lovely riverside towns and villages including Cookham Dean, the tiny village where Kenneth Grahame lived in a large riverside house, and Henley-on-Thames. Here we visit the River & Rowing Museum where there is an exhibition dedicated to Kenneth Grahame.


Sunday 13 Sept

Driving via the scenic North Downs to the pretty town of Guildford, where Lewis Carroll is buried at Mount Cemetery. Enjoy a browse in this interesting town before returning to the hotel


Monday 14 Sept

We complete the "famous five" with a visit Jane Austen's House in the beautiful village of Chawton, the only house where Jane Austen lived and wrote that is open to the public. It was in this country cottage that Jane's genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and had published all her novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice. We then return home to Devon.


D=Dinner, FE=Full English Breakfast

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Brixham Brixham - Bank lane opposite Baptist Church
Buckfastleigh Lay by on old Buckfastleigh - Ashburton Rd
Nr Furzeleigh Mill
Dartmouth Dartmouth Marks & Spencer
Exeter Exeter Motorway Services
Ivybridge Ivybridge Town Hall opp Garage
Kingsbridge Quay Kingsbridge Quay
Newton Abbot Newton Abbot opp Railway Station
Others Other pick up points are available
Paignton Paignton Great Western Road Car Park by Library
Plympton Plympton St Marys opp Church
Plymstock Plymstock Elburton bus stop opp Elburton Hotel
Torquay Torquay coach bay outside Princess Theatre
Totnes 7 Stars 2 Totnes 7 Stars opp. Morrisons

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Tally Ho Coaches Ltd

Station Yard Industrial Estate
Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1ES