Now I am researching the possibility of doing a bicycle tour, I want to know too which places to visit in England. I know of two towns that seem interesting to me: Todmorden ('incredible edible') and Totnes ('transition town'). One in the North en one in the South, so probably impossible to visit both on the same trip. These are projects promoting themselves, so even here in the Netherlands we know of them. I think there must be many unknown permaculturists too in England. Maybe you are one of them? Or your friend is?
Please, if you know a permaculture project in England, let me know. Tell me more about it here. Thank you in advance.
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You will like Totnes (pronounced Tot‑ness′), though it is a slightly weird place. Also go to Dartington, only 3miles (~5km) away along the A385. Beware of the traffic: half the time there is nose to tail traffic from Totnes almost to Dartington, travelling at walking speed. Dartington is flat and Totnes is very hilly. Totnes is the only place where I have seen a pub selling no beer, only cider. No, I was mistaken. That pub is at Newton Abbot, about 10miles (~15km) away.
I was looking for the market at Durham City a few weeks ago and on one of the websites about County Durham I found a mention of a County Durham Permaculture association. I didn't look any further. It should be easy enough to search:- link 1link 2link 3.
You will like County Durham. The eastern half of the county is moderately hilly and it gets hillier as you go west. The towns and villages in the east are mostly old mining communities and not much to look at, but those in the west, e.g. Barnard Castle, are much more picturesque. Go into the dales of the Tees and the Wear. The one large town I would think worth visiting is Darlington, which is home to Bank Top Station, the largest railway station in the county, and also the coldest place for many miles around The countryside near Darlington is the least hilly part of the county. If you stray into County Durham, which is easy enough if you take the ferry from Ijmuiden, be sure to visit the City. [addition] Durham City is very hilly. [/addition]
As for other sites, I'm sure if you look through the Permaculture Magazine UK, you're bound to find places to visit. You could even put an advert ahead of time, asking if anyone is available for a visit - who knows. Good luck and enjoy your trip!
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