Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

Walks in London A walk through London’s northernmost suburb gives you a chance to reconnect with outer London’s semi-rural past

Enfield was once a key section of the English home county that no longer exists: Middlesex, now only a memory and the name of a cricket club, was gobbled up some time ago by the growth of Greater London, even more so than the neighbouring counties of Essex and Sussex.

Walking London: Top Borough Enfield

A Post (Partly) Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard at Harrow

Today, we follow in the footsteps of Byron and Churchill – and the skid marks of the world’s first fatal car accident

Today’s post is the first in an intermittent series of walks through London’s outer boroughs and suburbs. Those who do not know or understand London may be surprised to find out how much there is to explore: some of these places have preserved much of their village-like origins and rural

A Post (Partly) Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard at Harrow

See Why It Can Be Monumental at Mougins

One more reason to hike up to this picturesque hilltop town: a street sculpture exhibition

VENUS DANS LE VIDE by Sasha Sosno

Street sculpture shows are very much in fashion. Over the last 20 years or so, many towns have hit upon the idea of hosting a festival by inviting artists or museums to exhibit some of their works on public squares and thoroughfares.

Such festivals generally provide good copy for the

See Why It Can Be Monumental at Mougins

Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?

Picasso spent the last 12 years of his life here, but there are many other reasons to visit this hilltop village north of Cannes If the French Riviera is not exclusively famous for being a playground of people with more money than sense – from 19th century Russian aristocrats via eccentric East Coast heiresses during the “Jazz Age” to the oligarchs of today – it owes this to the great modern artists who chose to

Do You Think Mougins is Worth the Climb?

How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again

The Saint Hospice promontory – hermits, shepherds and gazillionaires – is always worth a return visit It was just a question of time before such a thing would happen, and then, last week, it finally did.

She said so: It was St Jean Cap Ferrat all over again

“We have been here before.” Mrs. Easy Hiker said. “There,” she pointed to a spot in the distance just before the hiking

How and Why it was St Jean Cap Ferrat Again

Hiking Italian Style

What does a hiking festival in Italy need to do to attract the punters? Serve a five-course lunch along the way, for example – and do not skimp on the wine Not everybody loves hiking in large, organized groups, …

… but whatever their drawbacks, these “hiking festivals” clearly have their advantages, too.

One such advantage is that somebody else has done all the hard work of preparing

Hiking Italian Style

Bleak House on a Bleak Landscape

The most famous building in Dartmoor National Park is not open for visitors On our last afternoon in Dartmoor National Park, we made a trip to the highland moors.

We could not go hiking anymore, there was no time left for that, but better a cursory view than no view at all, so we took the 98 bus from Tavistock to the village of Princetown which sits pretty much in

Bleak House on a Bleak Landscape

Tavistock is Definitely the Heart of Drake Country

A walk to the birthplace of Dartmoor’s most famous son gives you a taste of both town and country The southwest corner of Dartmoor is Drake country: Sir Francis is still the most famous and most glamorous local boy, with a reputation that has lost little of its shine after more than 400 years.

Many pubs and cafés bear Drake’s name, and the foremost local hiking route is called the Drake Trail. There

Tavistock is Definitely the Heart of Drake Country

Drake’s Country: The Smiling Face of the Moors

Dartmoor National Park may be famous for its high security prison and the Hound of the Baskervilles, but it also has its gardenlike features And now, as they say, for something completely different.

After the South West Coast Path with its perfect blend of the majestic and the bucolic, Dartmoor National Park provides a sharp and fascinating contrast.

It’s only a brief journey from the

Drake’s Country: The Smiling Face of the Moors

Plymouth Waterfront Walkway: 1620 and All That

The “odd stage out” on the South West Coast Path Today, we shall make one last visit to the South West Coast Path, albeit one with a difference. On this stretch of the trail, you will (probably) meet more people than on all of the other stages together and (certainly) see more concrete, too, but what this part of the path may lack in scenic beauty – although there is some – it more

Plymouth Waterfront Walkway: 1620 and All That