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...

Recapturing the Jazz Age at Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Recapturing the Jazz Age at Coleton Fishacre, Devon

Even on a dull spring morning the gardens are a blaze of colour sloping down to the sea. And the house is an eclectic mix of 1920s architecture, a gateway to the Jazz Age. This is Coleton Fishacre, on the south Devon coast, one time residence of the famous D’Oyly...

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....

In Search of the Stone Circles of Cumbria

In Search of the Stone Circles of Cumbria

It was one of those lucky mistakes. We’d got tangled up in the one way system through Keswick and ended up on the wrong road. We were about to turn back when I spotted a sign for Castlerigg Stone Circle. A stone circle? In Cumbria? We had to change our plans and go...

The Wing Maze – Pilgrimage, Penance or Pleasure?

The Wing Maze – Pilgrimage, Penance or Pleasure?

The last of my recent visits to English turf mazes was in the village of Wing, in Rutland. Like all these ancient mazes that I’ve explored, this one was deserted, sitting quiet and empty on the Village Green. And there were the usual questions. Is the maze just old,...

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