Author: Paul Steele

Sitio Litre – The Orchid Garden of Tenerife

The oldest garden on the island of Tenerife. Not the biggest attraction but yet a very interesting one and a wonder for the senses too! If you are ever visiting Puerto de la Cruz in the North of the island then this is a recommended stop. It is hard to see in the modern setup of the city but this was once ‘the’ big private mansion of the area built in 1730 as a convent originally. The gardens are open to the public, full of history with famous names for visitors gone by, plus open to the public to...

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Kitted for Summer with Simply Hike

Hiking. My hobby, my passion, as well as my job to a large extent. Add in all the dog walks you can imagine I spend most of my life in hiking gear so I do need gear that firstly, does the job, secondly, will last over testing conditions and of course looks good. That is where I was pleased to be asked by Simply Hike to test out a few items of their range and boy have I been testing it. I had heard many many great reviews re Simply Hike. From the range of top brands to the...

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Among The Sand Martins of the River Ouse

Summer walks along the River Ouse, Yorkshire, I love them. Showing once more you do not need to travel to get amazing sights and experiences. This particular stretch of the River Ouse at Rawcliffe Park, York is perfect for dog walks, and as you can see perfect for getting close to nature, such as the abundant Sand Martins! People often think of the Swallows arriving being a sign of Spring, but their smaller cousins, the Sand Martins tend to arrive first. All the swallows and martins come from the same group of birds more technically known as hirundines. Sand...

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The Seals of Seal Sands, Teesside

A surprising gem of a wildlife oasis, Seal Sands. The mouth of the River Tees with a backdrop of heavy industry, petro-Chemical plants, nuclear power stations all around on the horizon, yet, seals are here in abundance for all to see, and a remarkable sight to see. With all the industrial buildings around I can imagine people would never dream of thinking about how much wildlife there actually is here. A must stop if you are in the area! You can find the spot to park along the A178 south of Seaton Carew. In fact even from the main...

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Tenerife – A Colourful Walk Around Puerto de la Cruz

It had been a wonderful week on Tenerife once more, hiking some magnificent trails as part of the Tenerife Walking Festival. I had a day for downtime before my flight back home so it was time to explore more of the city I was staying in, Puerto de la Cruz. Most people, I imagine, think of Tenerife as places like Playa de las Americas etc of Tenerife South. A very touristic part of the island, bars, hotels and more sandy and bare. Around to the North of the Island there is such contrast. A lot greener, a lot quieter,...

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Beamish Open Air Museum – A Super Break of a Day

A great new day was ahead and whilst staying in Lumley Castle it was time to take in something to do in the area. Well, not far from Chester-le-Street, County Durham was a huge and well reviewed open air museum I had not yet had the pleasure of, Beamish Museum! I have always heard many great things about Beamish Museum but had never got round to it, it was about time I did! Today was the day. The idea was further concreted into my plans via the website of Super Break, a trove of ideas and days out I...

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