Okay, gentlemen (and n ladies, if any of you are - screen names aren't always telling in this regards), we've got our dates for our "British Invasion", and now are just working out the details of our lodging. We'll be there for 19 nights, and since this is our first visit, we plan to cover a wide area. Hopefully you all will have more advice as we firm up our plans! We plan to stay two or three nights near Carlisle, and get at least one hike in. Plus, if there's kayaking opportunities around, that would be cool too! Sam Smith's might just work! We're spending a couple nights in York, we could make a jaunt over there! We'll be landing in Hethrow, and getting over our jetlag in Bath, then heading to Cornwall, then to Cardiff, Liverpool, Dublin, the Lakes District, York and then back to London for 2 or 3 nights. Hoping we'll see a wide variety of architecture and historical sites, as well as pubs! Kat (my wife) mentioned the cideries on the west coast, and since we drink lots of ciders too, I think we'll HAVE to find this. Any specifics you can offer would be appreciated! Thanks for that! We've not booked accommodations yet, but I suspect we'll do fine being in Cardiff, and touring from there. We'll have a car to get around, too. We'll likely be through there, hopefully we can work in a tour, and if not, at least lunch! Looking forward to seeing Cumbria. 9 months to plan it, we can hardly believe we're finally going to make it!