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

How to Get the Most Out of a South West Coast Hiking Trip

Whether you are spending 2 days or 2 weeks in the Southwest of England, there are a few things you should consider before tying up your walking boots 1. The South West Coast Path appears to be made for long-distance hiking, but …

… while a strategy of lining up several consecutive stages may be the ideal way of experiencing the beauty of the trail, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most

How to Get the Most Out of a South West Coast Hiking Trip

South West Coast Path Thurlestone to Bantham

From the sublime to the ridiculously picturesque is but a few steps on Devon’s premier hiking trail Coastal walks come in one of two varieties: there are the idyllic ones, featuring gardenlike landscapes full of picturesque little villages. The Italian and French Riviera is full of such calm and civilized walks. This is nature on a human scale: truly the small outdoors.

But there are also coastal trails that are

South West Coast Path Thurlestone to Bantham

First Impressions of the South West Coast Path

Encounters with scenic views and low-flying objects on our walk from Thurlestone to South Milton Sands Our trip to South Devon has started with a series of pleasant surprises. Firstly, the trip from London was a lot shorter and more convenient than I had expected, clocking in at roughly three hours. I had always assumed that “the West Country” was roughly as far away from London as America, in terms of “felt distance” at least,

First Impressions of the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path: Britain at Its Best

Whatever type of walk you may fancy, even one to the nearest pub: this trail has exactly what you want When we still lived in Britain, we made one big and – in hindsight – regrettable mistake: that was treating the M25 motorway (which, in practical terms, separates London from the rest of Britain) like a frontier to another country, a country that was alien and unsafe, full of incalculable risks and dangers. It’s not

The South West Coast Path: Britain at Its Best

The Story of the First Garden City in the UK

Walks near London Following in the footsteps of Soviet town planners, teetotal socialists, Quakers, silly old men in skin-tight trousers and – perhaps – even Vladimir Ilyich Lenin to the first garden city in the UK.

It may be difficult to believe, but Letchworth Garden City, nowadays a well-heeled country town on the edge of North London’s commuter belt, …

… was once at the cutting edge of

The Story of the First Garden City in the UK

Horsenden Hill and the Grand Union Canal

Walks near London London’s extensive canal network is a haven for nature lovers – and often just a single stairway down from the city’s hustle and bustle One of the best things about London is that you don’t have to leave the city to do some serious walking. The West End is virtually surrounded by the leftovers from King Henry VIII’s deer-hunting grounds (Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park, Regent’s Park), while from the

Horsenden Hill and the Grand Union Canal

Walks near London: Different Layers of British History

… including some that you can eat and drink: A walk through the Cathedral town of St Albans, 20 miles north of London Towns and villages near London are engaged in a constant battle for their soul: most have succumbed a long time ago and been gobbled up by the near-by metropolis, suburbanized and converted into dormitory towns with – at best – a few old churches or timber-framed Tudor mansions, now invariably reinvented as

Walks near London: Different Layers of British History

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Themed Walks in London A walk through the “Florence of the 21st Century” The City of London is where most of the capital’s truly iconic works of modernist architecture are concentrated, but West London, too, has many fine new buildings.

The big difference is this: while London’s business district provides a homogeneous context of brashness – big and high “cathedrals of capitalism” vying with each other and encouraging the construction of ever bigger

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 2

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1

Themed Walks in London A walk through Skyscraper National Park: the world’s most exciting collection of modern architectural masterpieces There are many good reasons to visit London: for its world-class theatres, its magnificent pubs, or to pay a visit to the Queen. Here is another one: the town’s unique collection of modern architecture.

This has not always been so. Until fairly recently, say the mid 1980s, there were not a

Modernist Architecture in London – Part 1