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Wowbagger

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Modest places with a high profile
« on: 24 February, 2024, 03:11:48 pm »
It occurred to me yesterday, whilst driving into Nottingham, that I was aware of Radcliffe on Trent many years before I thought about it as a place.

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And John Snow starts another over from the Rutcliffe Road End…

Jim Laker was from Brutford, W. Yorks, so that was how he pronounced it.

Radcliffe on Trent is actually a very pleasant little town with a Co-op and some decent eateries. And some very expensive looking houses.
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Giraffe

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #1 on: 24 February, 2024, 05:21:44 pm »
Glastonbury. Population, at a guess, 10,000.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #2 on: 24 February, 2024, 06:15:15 pm »
TTIUW Didcot and Swindon

Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #3 on: 24 February, 2024, 08:19:03 pm »
I'll nominate Loughborough.
A university dominated town but it's got a lot of engineering history with the Brush works and the bell foundry. The Great Central Railway continues this with its main works in the town.
Some excellent cycling once you're out the town too.
Too many angry people - breathe & relax.

citoyen

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #4 on: 24 February, 2024, 10:06:55 pm »
Anyone who has been to John O’Groats will know there is fuck all reason to visit the godforsaken place.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #5 on: 24 February, 2024, 10:12:25 pm »
This is true. Dunnet Head is great - but no pub.  We didn’t get to Duncansby Head, I’m sorry to say.   
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #6 on: 24 February, 2024, 10:23:12 pm »
Places that have much to be modest about…

sam

Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #7 on: 24 February, 2024, 10:30:11 pm »
Anyone who has been to John O’Groats will know there is fuck all reason to visit the godforsaken place.

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #8 on: 25 February, 2024, 07:23:47 am »
Calleva Atrebatum isn't all it's cracked up to be.  I followed Ermin Way all the way from Glevum and it turned out to be a field near Tadley.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #9 on: 25 February, 2024, 11:04:46 am »
Dunwich. There ain't a lot there apart from the Priory as most of it is under the sea.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #10 on: 25 February, 2024, 12:43:08 pm »
Marsh Gibbon??

Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #11 on: 25 February, 2024, 02:43:07 pm »
Gretna Green.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #12 on: 25 February, 2024, 04:11:23 pm »
Leicester.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #13 on: 25 February, 2024, 05:10:53 pm »
Scotch Corner, no other roundabout is signposted from so far away.

PaulF

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #14 on: 25 February, 2024, 05:15:03 pm »
Didcot

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #15 on: 25 February, 2024, 05:27:53 pm »
Siberia.  Everyone knows where it is* but no-one wants to go there.  Allegedly.

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #16 on: 25 February, 2024, 07:47:20 pm »
Slough  ;)
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citoyen

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #17 on: 25 February, 2024, 08:11:27 pm »
Gretna Green.

The most memorable thing about Gretna was the Scotch pie I had there.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #18 on: 26 February, 2024, 05:35:37 pm »
Calleva Atrebatum isn't all it's cracked up to be.  I followed Ermin Way all the way from Glevum and it turned out to be a field near Tadley.
Ermin Way goes through Glevum?
clickety click, yes it does. Ermin Way and Ermine Street are totally separate roads! Well, there's a thing WIHLT.
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #19 on: 26 February, 2024, 06:02:19 pm »
Gretna Green.

On the other hand, Portpatrick on the Galloway coast is a delightful village, with pretty cottages around the harbour, and a ruined round-towered medieval church that is Irish in style, It's Ireland's Gretna - eloping couples could get straight off the boat, be hitched and back onboard for the return trip within the hour. I've been there twice, once in my motorbiking days and then on a cycling tour of southern Scotland when we lived in Ayrshire.

Very popular with yachties in and around the Irish Sea and also the start/finish of the Southern Uplands Way.

Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #20 on: 27 February, 2024, 08:45:03 am »
Sycamore Gap

Giraffe

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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #21 on: 27 February, 2024, 05:46:25 pm »
No - that has a low profile!
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Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #22 on: 27 February, 2024, 05:56:44 pm »
Gretna Green.

Now you mention it, unlike other legal system boundaries, Gretna doesn't have a huge shopping centre to take advantage of Scotland's more liberal retail hours laws.
And there isn't a massive Oddbins at Longtown either.

Edit: Ok yes there's the retail outlet, but does that count? the floor areas are smallish. I was meaning like Tesco.

Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #23 on: 27 February, 2024, 09:24:54 pm »
Tan Hill Inn.

Re: Modest places with a high profile
« Reply #24 on: 28 February, 2024, 08:15:50 am »
Hartside cafe
Very low profile atm, but it is due to be re-built