I’m walking across the shingle beach at Dungeness, reflecting on how the landscape is very different from anywhere else I’ve been in Britain. It feels like I’ve reached the outer margins of another world although I’m just on the extreme southern edge of the Kent coast. A million […]
Kent is one of England’s most popular tourist hotspots with its wealth of castles, country houses, historic towns and seaside resorts. With the boom in staycations, I decided to take a road trip to discover some of its more unusual attractions, from miniature railways to a submarine adventure […]
The town of Jarrow on Tyneside has a long history dating back to the Romans, Vikings and the beginnings of early Christianity. But it’s perhaps most famous for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936 when 200 men marched from Jarrow to London in protest against mass unemployment. I was […]
Wemyss Bay Station is arguably Britain’s prettiest railway station.
They were nicknamed ‘fart lamps’ in Edwardian times and caused quite a stink in their day. The gas sewer lamps of North Tyneside were unusual engineering wonders.
Starlight Castle is an intriguing name. It sounds like a Romantic castle or a Gothic house perched high on a hill in a novel by Mary Shelley or Bram Stoker. But what’s the story behind this mysterious castle not far from where I live in North East England? […]
Have you ever discovered something so weird and wonderful on your travels that you’ve had to pinch yourself? Jupiter Artland is a great destination which I found completely by accident. It’s a fantastic and unexpected place, full of surprises and strange discoveries. Jupiter has a dream-like quality – […]
St Abbs is a strong contender for the title of Scotland’s prettiest village. It lies in a stunning location, nestled on the coast below dramatic cliffs with spectacular views across the sea. This is a place with something for everyone with its picturesque harbour, spectacular coastal walks, undersea adventures and abundance of […]
Eyemouth is something of an undiscovered treasure. This busy fishing port is tucked away on the Berwickshire coast and it’s easy to miss if you’re heading to St Abb’s Head, its picturesque neighbour. This authentic coastal town is worth a visit, even if it is a little rough around the edges. […]
Money makes the world go round, and if you visit Ruthwell, a small village in Scotland, you’ll find out why. This sleepy village seems an unlikely place for a major revolution in banking, but that is its claim to fame. Blink and you’d miss a white cottage on the high street, […]