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PhilipInCoventry
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1 of 287  Thu 1st Mar 2012 3:14pm  
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Hi all Wave Today, officially the first day of spring for gardeners & after early morning fog it has lived up to being a spring-like day. I started a thread on this topic last September, of getting around & about, in & out of Coventry. Hopefully, the problems with regard to the introduction of the new Coventry transport revisions will settle down. Coventry remains a fabulous centre for getting around any part of the midlands. Those of you with a Centro issued bus pass, can use any train within the West Midlands county, free of charge. In addition to that, to travel further there are over ninety rail-rover type tickets, not cheap, but good value if you are able to use them well & even better with a discount card which gives about a third off. For the over sixties costs £28 for a year. Rail Rover Guide The above is a selection of what is available. Wave So, if you are fed-up with traditional stay-away holidays, living in Coventry does not mean that you cannot get out & about. I & my family have used railrovers for most of our lives & have enjoyed some fabulous day away breaks. Some of the rovers are day, some weeks or so many days out of seven. We departed once on a sleeper from Coventry station & when we awoke, it was seven in the morning & we were in Inverness. That was 1988. No sleepers from Coventry now but it is still possible to utilise the rover tickets for longer breaks away. Coventry is a good place to live & even though retired, I have no notion of moving away. So you are stuck with me! Oh my National Express Coach travel with a £10 over sixties card is another way to get about. ps. The fact that Coventry is such a good touring base is a good reason for others to come here & stay. When you do come home, it just might be that you think that Coventry is not such a bad place after all. I often think that!
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heritage
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2 of 287  Thu 1st Mar 2012 3:33pm  
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I know that I'm pushing my luck on a Coventry forum but please don't forget that the dividing line between Coventry and North Warwickshire is the Ricoh traffic Island. With another of my hats on (have lots) we launched the 2012 Northern Warwickshire Tourism guide earlier this week, copies at the Bedworth Heritage Centre. Visit Northern Warwickshire The NWTA does not recognise county boundaries (visitors certainly don't) so members range from the Ricoh to Tywcross Zoo and up to Drayton Manor and Middleton Hall. The website also has a good events page. Always happy to welcome Coventry tourism businesses.
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PhilipInCoventry
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3 of 287  Thu 1st Mar 2012 3:42pm  
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Hi Heritage. Wave Those that live in the county do not get the free rail travel. It's only the passes issued by Centro which are valid. It is very sad & nothing short of an administrative fudge, that the passes are issued in such a way. Sad Edit add-on Wave There are two reasons for me posting this topic. One is that we have our own local members who might not be aware that they can get around without having to pack a suitcase & stay the night, but the other is for people coming to Coventry for the Games, who might drop onto our site whilst surfing, who then might think about staying here. Wave
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heritage
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4 of 287  Thu 1st Mar 2012 6:33pm  
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For those of us that live in the 'no mans land' of CV7 the lack of free rail travel is annoying to say the least. To have a Coventry address, although I do like being in Warwickshire, and pay the 'rates' to Nuneaton and Bedworth is very frustrating
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PhilipInCoventry
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5 of 287  Fri 2nd Mar 2012 9:04am  
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Hi all Wave Please make the most of todays fine weather, as sadly, the weather nose dives for the weekend. I am off to view a bit of Coventry's transport heritage in Bedworth. Where I live, I only have to walk to the either end of Roland Ave, to have access to a multitude of even more frequent buses than before the timetable changes, either into Coventry, or out towards Bedworth & Nuneaton way. Wave I am not in any mood to move home.
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Tricia
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6 of 287  Fri 2nd Mar 2012 1:37pm  
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On 2nd Mar 2012 9:04am, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all Wave I am off to view a bit of Coventry's transport heritage in Bedworth.
Hope you had a nice visit Philip. Did you manage to get to the butchers. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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7 of 287  Fri 2nd Mar 2012 1:50pm  
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Hi Tricia. Wave Just posted a reply on the hundred years of Coventry Transport thread. We already had a delivery of Faggots. What a pip. Wave
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8 of 287  Fri 2nd Mar 2012 4:01pm  
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It must have been the attraction of Phillip being in the town, we had 41 through the door of the exhibition this morning. A nice day always helps. Nice to meet you Phillip and thank you.
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 287  Sun 4th Mar 2012 12:10pm  
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Hi all. Wave Whilst in Coventry yesterday, I snapped these outside of the motor museum. The Hillman built in Coventry & the Ford is owned by a Coventry citizen. My mum had a black one in the fifties. Hope you like. It was a delight to meet the owner of the Ford, along with his son who live in Hillfields. What ambassadors for our city & if you are watching this, thank you very much. Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
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10 of 287  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 5:13pm  
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Hi all Wave A RAILROVER UPDATE Further to my earlier post on this, I have today ordered my senior person railcard, which I had previously stated was £28 for one year. To my delight, a better offer is £65 for three years. I just hope that I live that long to use it well.
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PhilipInCoventry
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11 of 287  Mon 26th Mar 2012 5:53pm  
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Hi all Wave I have bought an East Midland railrover ticket today, £62 where Coventry is on its south western boundary. It extends up to Doncaster in the north, down to Milton Keynes in the south & everywhere east as far as the coast. Today & this week, I just intend to get a bit of a feeler for it. So I went to Sheffield via Leicester & got there at noon. I only spent an hour at Sheffield, enough time for a ride on their Metro' & a light bite. I then returned to Coventry via Northampton. Home for 5pm. Tomorrow I hope to go to Boston, as I do not need to be home quite so early. I am posting this to make the point of how good Coventry is as a base for getting out & about. There is another rail-rover where Coventry is right at the centre, but I will post about that in another post. I am researching this East Midland rover now, as it gets us to the coast, the only regional one with Coventry on that does so. I have travelled well over two hundred miles today, without effort. I have received my monies-worth in just one day, the ticket is for seven days. Any of you who are single & mobile, need never feel as though you cannot get out & about. I will post a link to the rover map showing the area covered. MAP Also the reverse is so equally true for any of you who have friends living inside of this area who can so easily get to Coventry. Wave ps. I do not intend just to see how far I can travel each day, tomorrows trip to Boston, should give me at least six hours there. Smile Wave
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dutchman
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12 of 287  Mon 26th Mar 2012 6:02pm  
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On 4th Mar 2012 12:10pm, PhilipInCoventry said: Whilst in Coventry yesterday, I snapped these outside of the motor museum. The Hillman built in Coventry & the Ford is owned by a Coventry citizen. My mum had a black one in the fifties. Hope you like.
Great pictures Philip, thanks! Thumbs up A friend's dad used to run us around Cov in a black Ford Pop. It was okay for short journeys but long ones were horrendous.
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PhilipInCoventry
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13 of 287  Tue 27th Mar 2012 7:07pm  
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Hi all Wave A pic from my travels today. If ever you go to Woburn Sands, don't bother taking your swimming costume as there is no sea or sea side. It's old sand quarries where London brick obtained their clay from at one time. Over half the houses built in Coventry have London Brick company bricks in them. Wave This must be about the last of this sprinter class of DMU. In spite of its age, it was in very good condition, inside & out. Big grin
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Tricia
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14 of 287  Wed 28th Mar 2012 8:54pm  
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Looks as though you had a good day out Philip. Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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15 of 287  Thu 29th Mar 2012 8:01am  
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Hi all Wave I have had a brilliant week out & about so-far, Tricia. Went to Grantham yesterday. Today I hope to spend some time in Oakham. Most of my journeys start from Nuneaton. I have changed buses in Bedworth at about 9.50am. I do look out for you, when I am sat for a few minutes on the wooden seats outside the bakers. The area of the rover ticket is so vast that there is no way that I can cover it all even in seven days. My son & grandson are going to have the same ticket, the second week of Easter, but they are staying a couple of nights in Lincoln. Providing we have a bit of an aptitude for travelling by rail, it is a fabulous way to get out & about, costing for me £10 per day. How much diesel or petrol can be bought for that? Wave The trains have been mostly on time, clean & comfy, but some very busy. Grantham station. I was waiting for a train to Doncaster after spending a couple of hours in the town. Wave This gent, busy on his laptop was going all of the way to Aberdeen. When the rail people get it right, it is a fabulous way to travel. My last pic for now is my train to Leicester arriving at Nuneaton.
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