United Kingdom

About the United Kingdom

My travels in the United Kingdom.

Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye

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. Britain’s Town of

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Ogmore Castle

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 vibrant city full

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Coleton Fishacre

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

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Courtyard, Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields -

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

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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 longest remaining stretch of

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GPSmyCity, a city walks app -

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

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