Exploring Beverley: Yorkshire’s Hidden Secret

Exploring Beverley: Yorkshire’s Hidden Secret

A question: where would you find the biggest parish church in England, a carving that inspired Lewis Carroll, and a clutch of old pubs with bars that seem to have been untouched for centuries? And where do citizens still have an ancient right to graze their cattle on...
Is Hull a Good Choice for UK City of Culture 2017?

Is Hull a Good Choice for UK City of Culture 2017?

Since the announcement that Hull was to be the UK City of Culture in 2017, the media was been full of “crap town” comments. It was ever thus: when I moved to Hull for my first job 30 plus years ago I got lots of remarks like “Hull or Hell?” and “It’s the end of the...
Legends of Dartmoor

Legends of Dartmoor

Dartmoor is a place that abounds with legends. It is easy to see why: it is a bleak, and sometimes barren, landscape, where the wind whistles in your ears and the mist rises to block your way, where grim granite rocks may seem to assume human form, or worse. It is a...
The Walls of Londonderry

The Walls of Londonderry

I always like walled cities. There’s something about walking right round a town, peering over the walls into little back streets, that gives me a sense of connection with all the people that have gone that way before. Sentries keeping a lookout for unwanted visitors,...
The Legend of Finn McCool

The Legend of Finn McCool

Ireland is a land of myths and legends, and nowhere more so than the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. 40,000 tall basalt columns, formed in perfect interlocking hexagonals. Surely this couldn’t be the work of nature, there must be some other explanation. Only a giant...