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 […]
Go on board Ocelot, a former submarine at the forefront of the Cold War.
Five huge billboards have popped up around Killhope in Weardale, rather like the three billboards made famous in the Oscar nominated movie. But these aren’t protests or advertisements, they’re part of an art project reflecting the landscape and history of this former mining area. In the 18th and […]
The Isle of Bute is a pretty island on the west coast of Scotland, the perfect place for a short, relaxing break. In Victorian times Bute was a popular playground for Glaswegian tourists. It was part of the “Scottish Riviera” and its harbour was once packed with steam […]
Abandoned places are one of my obsessions but now I’ve discovered a new interest – abandoned boats! Recently I stumbled upon a shipwreck on the shores of Loch Linnhe in Scotland’s Western Highlands. I was surprised to see the massive hulk of a fishing boat stranded on the […]
Cheeseburn is a remarkable sculpture garden which showcases art by contemporary artists in the great outdoors.
Wemyss Bay Station is arguably Britain’s prettiest railway station.
Daugavpils is Latvia’s second city and is world famous as the birthplace of American painter Mark Rothko. It also boasts a stunning star shaped fortress and a dark Jewish history.
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.