The Rings of Saturn on the Seafront of the Suffolk Coast

Today’s post sets out to prove that, no matter how gloomy and unpromising the area (and the weather) may look, you can still have fun. Just put on your walking shoes and a raincoat – an extra layer of clothes if it’s cold – and go out for a hike or even a brief walk. Brace the wind and fill your lungs with some fresh air! You will be surprised how good that feels. As

The Rings of Saturn on the Seafront of the Suffolk Coast

Rediscovering the Greatest Literary Work About Hiking

W. G. Sebald and East Anglia The Rings Of Saturn is the greatest literary work about hiking. The book deals – as you may suspect – not only with hiking but with a great many other things besides, but its central conceit is a long walk that the author undertakes along the coast of East Anglia, the peninsula north of London and Cambridge in eastern England.

If you have never

Rediscovering the Greatest Literary Work About Hiking

See Why Wimbledon Is Not Just About Tennis

Wimbledon is possibly the most famous of all London suburbs, and if you now ask “famous for what?”, I hereby grant you permission to leave and read something else, because much in this article will be of no interest to you whatsoever. Having said that, Wimbledon is not all about lawn tennis: it features two rather splendid parks, one near-wild and the other with a landscaping tradition that goes back all the way to Capability

See Why Wimbledon Is Not Just About Tennis

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?

Themed Walk in London Many of the city’s restless souls have chosen to reside in the tomb-like tunnels of the underground railway The most popular Themed London Walks deal with one of the following: Jack the Ripper (been there), pop music (done that), and ghosts – more of which soon.

But please don’t be impatient: you will meet them soon enough. Some of these restless spirits have been haunting the capital’s streets, pubs

Scared to Meet Ghosts of the Undead of London?

The Pleasant Unexpected in Thirty Minutes in Kingsbridge

Just a reminder that it is the “kindness of strangers” which makes it all worth while When does the hiking season begin? That depends very much on local specifics, on things like altitude and latitude: the weather, quite simply, but the season ends pretty much everywhere on the same date, and that’s when the clocks go back.

From one day to another, you will find that the available daylight hours have dramatically shrunk

The Pleasant Unexpected in Thirty Minutes in Kingsbridge

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

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