In Search of the Kraków Defence Walls

In Search of the Kraków Defence Walls

Why do I enjoy walled towns so much? Perhaps because they tend to be old and mired in history. Or because walking around town walls gives me the opportunity to imagine what the town was like in the past, at a time when walls were a vital defence rather than a...

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Geocaching in Devon

Yesterday I had my first go at geocaching. For anyone who is not familiar with it, geocaching is a sort of high tech treasure hunt, using GPS to follow clues and find hidden "caches". In fact, it is appropriate that we were doing it in Devon, as in many ways...

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Ingleton Falls

Here are some pictures of the Ingleton Falls in North Yorkshire. A quite spectacular series of falls, swollen obviously by the recent rain. The water is very clear, with some strange colours from the Pennine...

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Bukit Timah: Singapore’s Last Rain Forest

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is Singapore’s last patch of primary rain forest. When it was first accessed by British colonialists in 1827 it took them many hours to hack and climb their way through miles of jungle and swamp to the modest 163m summit of Bukit Timah Hill,...

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Eco-City in the Desert: a Visit to Masdar, UAE

You might not expect to find an eco-city in the middle of the desert but Masdar, just 11 miles from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, is just that. In fact, the contrast between endless miles of sand and the gleaming high-tech city is just one of many seeming...

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On the trail of the Brontes at Haworth

Despite having lived in Yorkshire for 30 years, I'd never been to Haworth before. With the prospect of a sunny weekend ahead we decided to go and take a look at the Parsonage and possibly to get some walking in as well. What we didn't realise until we got there was...

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