Tales of the Unexpected – The Fishermen of Hastings

One of the best things about hiking and about travelling in general is that, every now and then, you are running into something totally unexpected: something that you did not even know existed when you set out in the morning and that, in the evening, has enriched your understanding of that particular town, region or country, although you may still have not quite worked out in which ways and exactly how.

No, let

Tales of the Unexpected – The Fishermen of Hastings

A London Walk That is Not for the Fainthearted

If you want to see the largest number of ghosts crammed together into the smallest possible space to get the biggest spectral bang for your London-walking-buck so to speak, go to the City of London. After all, before the square mile became a business district, it was pretty much all of London there was. While cows were grazing in what today is the West End and while South London was nothing but a wilderness (North

A London Walk That is Not for the Fainthearted

Roman Walls, Cricket and a Poem – Three for One in Chichester

Chichester: Roman Walls, Cricket’s Babe Ruth and Philip Larkin I normally shy away from dishing out general travel advice, but here is one: rather than picking your destinations according to fashion and the dictates of the travel press, base your choice on expedience and opportunity.

If someone, for example, invites you for a job interview in a town or an area where you have never been, not only accept but also read about

Roman Walls, Cricket and a Poem – Three for One in Chichester

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

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

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

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