The Story of the Eleanor Crosses

The Story of the Eleanor Crosses

If you’ve been to London you may have noticed the elaborate monument in the forecourt of Charing Cross Station. But did you know that there were once twelve "Eleanor Crosses" between London and Lincoln? And did you know the story behind them? The Death of Queen...

Troy Town, the Somerton Turf Maze

Troy Town, the Somerton Turf Maze

If you’ve been following my explorations of ancient English turf mazes, you’ll know that I had just one left to visit: Troy Town, at Somerton, Oxfordshire. Uniquely among the surviving English labyrinths, the Somerton turf maze is privately owned, in the garden of the...

City of Troy: The Dalby Turf Maze

City of Troy: The Dalby Turf Maze

The Dalby Turf Maze, in a remote part of North Yorkshire, may be one of the oldest turf mazes in England. Or it could be a relative newcomer, dating back only to the 19th century. Like all of England’s remaining turf mazes, its history and origins are mysterious and...

Hay-on-Wye, a Bookworm’s Paradise

Hay-on-Wye, a Bookworm’s Paradise

For me no trip to Wales would be complete without a visit to Hay-on-Wye. Not just because it is a pretty border village with history, country walks and a few quirks. But also because this is Britain’s Town of Books, its streets crammed with secondhand book shops....

A Trip Around Glamorgan’s Ghostly Vale

A Trip Around Glamorgan’s Ghostly Vale

One of the perks of a travel blogging conference is the opportunity to explore a new area. So I was happy that this year’s Traverse conference was in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, a place I had only visited briefly in the past. I soon discovered that Cardiff was a...

Reconstructing Roman Britain at Arbeia Roman Fort

Reconstructing Roman Britain at Arbeia Roman Fort

Arbeia Roman Fort stands on a hilltop at the mouth of the River Tyne, looking across the river to Segedunum, the end of Hadrian’s Wall. Although Arbeia was not itself on the Wall it was part of the overall defences of the northern frontier of the Roman empire. So it...

The Long History of Birdoswald Roman Fort

The Long History of Birdoswald Roman Fort

In some ways I found Birdoswald Roman Fort the most interesting of the forts on Hadrian’s Wall. Although the remains are less extensive than those of better known sites like Housesteads or Chesters, there are other reasons to visit. Like the fact that it is set in the...

App Review: GPSmyCity

App Review: GPSmyCity

I always enjoy exploring cities on foot. So I was pleased to get the chance to review a city walks app, GPSmyCity. This is a collection of apps for IOS and Android featuring walks in almost 500 cities across the world, and I was about to road test the app for London....

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