Thanks for all your `helpful' :-) suggestions.
But as for Australia and NZ - great but I'm not sure I want to be that far from civiilisation ! (Only joking - my best friend from schooldays lives in Auckland)
Others have commented on house prices which are just plain silly within 50-80 miles of London. For example, £400,000 near London - ie 50-80 miles - just buys a small four bedroom detached house on a small plot these days ...... but wifey's definition of civilisation is access to a Waitrose supermarket so that is going to limit the choice ! (not !)
But us wrinklies - I'm 56 (and a modeller on and off since age 8)
- need to eke out our pensions and we need decent health care and Zimmer frame shops etc !
I used to travel to California in the early 70's - was that the golden age for a golden state ? How I envied that lifestyle back then and my Pontiac Le Mans 350 cu inches worth.
So this summer I guess we will be cruising West Hampshire, Somerset and Devon. Cornwall is just too far from the rest of the Family.
What about Gloucs and Shropshire ?