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  • "...thank you for such a splendid day in the Cotswolds"
    A.F. - Utah
  • "Thank you for a fabulous tour - you are a brilliant guide - we love you !"
    B & N - Tennessee
  • "... a thousand thanks for showing us around in your wonderful and beautiful country!"
    JL - Flanders, Belgium
  • "... the Cotswold villages and the vistas were spectacular. The pub lunch was delicious and the atmosphere one of a kind"
    N & B A - California
  • "WOW!!! What a way for a Yank to see France!!! Having one of our old Allies the Brits showing the way!!!"
    WC & PC - Alabama
  • "... thank you for the wonderful tour I had with my father to Normandy and Paris!"
    JC - Florida
  • "We say more than we bargained for and then some..."
    C &C - Georgia
  • "... a rather seredipitous click on Google that let me to you and I will forever be grateful for that. What a font of knowledge you are! "
    SM - Philipines
  • "We just want to thank you again for making our vacation so special. We had a great time. Absolutely wonderful! Happy memories!"
    Mike & Jane McCool, Front Royal, VA
  • "You did a fabulous and caring job, making sure our trip was perfect."
    J & A - New York
  • "You put so much heart into what you do..."
    BE, China

Rob Little’s Blog – musings of an English / British Tour Guide where I not only vent about things that “get my goat” but, also, publish lovely photos and eccentric stories about “this Sceptered Isle”!

Disgusting footage of the Beaufort Hunt shooting hounds…..
Monday, 11th October 2021

There is disgusting footage on YouTube of the Beaufort Hunt shooting hounds…..that are either “past their best” or not vicious enough.

Too vile for me to show here but it’s eminently searchable if you want to find it. Part of this footage was shown on the local ITV News a few days ago and does nothing to enhance the image of some British country people whose chosen sport is killing foxes with packs of hounds; bred and trained to be vicious.

I’m afraid the British countryside is not all quaint and beautiful. Foxes and hounds are both casualties of barbaric and illegal hunting.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

A trudge through the fields from Malmesbury to Tetbury in The Cotswolds following the River Avon…..
Sunday, 10th October 2021

Still aching from my walk to The Wild Carrot, the present Mrs Little and I had a sunrise Flu Jab (shot) in Malmesbury so I decided to have a walk following the course of the Tetbury River Avon from behind Twatley Cottages just outside Malmesbury (yes you read me right I did say Tw…MALMESBURY) to Tetbury. On the first leg got hopelessly lost – I blame it on the poor directions and eventually arrived in Tetbury three hours later, hoping for coffee and a cake but the coffee place was closed 🤬

I need a few days rest !

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Cirencester Market, in The Cotswolds, today !
Friday, 8th October 2021

Cirencester Friday Farmer’s Market, in The Cotswolds, today !

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

“All dressed up and no place to go”…..a curtailed ride out….. on the YB100 🤬
Thursday, 7th October 2021

Even the word “curtailed” would be a huge understatement !

So I was due to ride nearly 70 miles to Quainton in Buckinghamshire to then ride the “100 miler” and then ride 70 miles home…..but things didn’t go according to plan.

Having hardly had a wink of sleep after 2am due to my anxiety about waking up in time to leave at 6am and concern about the availability of fuel due to the panic buying of the same in the UK at the moment…..I had a coffee at 5:20pm, prepared the bike for the journey – fuel, phone, waterproofs, lunch box, etc and then wheeled it out of the garage and down the road for fear of waking my neighbours as the engine roared into life but…..nothing happened – couldn’t kick it over or bump start the engine – it was as if it seized.

So I was all dressed up with no place to go 🤬

Shortest and quietest ride ever !

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Is it only pathetic “liberals” like me who think that keeping a man on death row for 27 years, and then killing him, is “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”…..?
Wednesday, 6th October 2021

Actually, I think its disgusting.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Walking across the Cotswold Fields calling at “The Trouble House Inn”…..
Monday, 4th October 2021

Back in The Cotswolds after my arduous walk around the cliffs in Devon, this is a rather more relaxed walk across familiar fields with a stop off for coffee and carrot cake at The Trouble House Inn, near Tetbury.

Very nice the cake was too !

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Walking the Coastal Path from Brownstone to Kingswear (Video)
Friday, 1st October 2021

I’d been promising myself this walk for several years and it was all a matter of timing but given an anticipated beautiful September day, I left home in The Cotswolds early and drove to Devon, parking in the Brownstone Car Park from where I started my walk, down through the fields and past the Daymark (we always called it The “Landmark” – built in the 1860s to help shipping find the illusive estuary of The River Dart”. The lane is steep down to Brownstone Battery – a WW2 gun battery that I believe never saw any real action – well not until, post war, people stared walking and taking their girlfriends there 😉

The view from the voluntary Coastguard Station is utterly breathtaking particularly on a morning when there was not a breath of wind and the sea was a calm as the preverbial millpond. The view down to the sea and across to The Mew Stone was stunning the only thing missing was the aroma of the gorse flowers which would have been apparent, had I come earlier in the year.

The coastal footpath is relatively challenging – lots of ups and downs, some slippery areas and there was evidence of some fire breakouts as many of the trees were scorched. Wondergul walk past Robin Hood’s Cove and then down to Mill Bay Finally clambering up the very steep path, some of which was stepped, to Beacon Lane and back towards Kingswear.

Then, rather than taking the main route back, I walked up through Fountain Violet farm to the top of Mount Ridley and walked down into Kingswear from there.

A wonderful Walk, stunning vistas and, I found my muscles and lungs as you will hear In the video!

For What it’s worth the camera cannot fully capture the steepness of the terrain – you will just have to take my word for that!

Thanks for watching – and if you are watching on YouTube please give me a “thumbs up” if you liked this video and please subscribe to my channel for more videos.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space…..🚀

Just watched the final episode of this mini-series (on NETFLIX), chronicling the lead up to this amazing mission when four “normal” people spent 3 days in orbit, flying higher than anyone has since Apollo!

Regardless of whether you are like me, and obsessed with matters “space” or just enjoy a real and emotional tale about four normal people becoming astronauts….its a brilliant watch !

Another first for Elon Musk and SpaceX.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

…..and whilst on the subject of Scotchland, this oft asked question: “What is worn under the kilt…..?”
Thursday, 30th September 2021

Answer: Nothing…..it’s all in perfect working order!

😂

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !

Very sad to hear about the fire in “The Elephant House” – the cafe in Edinburgh made famous by JK Rowling…..

The Elephant House “Birthplace of Harry Potter” – where J K Rawling sat at a coffee table scribbling…..

Terribly sad to hear about the fire at The Elephant House cafe in Edinburgh where JK Rowling wrote some of the Harry Potter books while sat at a table drinking coffee.

Mercifully the table she sat at, which incurred some fire and water damage, was saved and can be restored.

As for me, I miss Edinburgh, terribly.

Rob Little
Tour Guide…..
Let’s Tour England !