Category: Britain

Scenes Above The River Ouse, Yorkshire

When I am not travelling I don’t take that as an excuse to sit still. Even around home I still get out as much as possible to wander the world around. I am lucky in that locally, near Nether Poppleton, on the outskirts of York, I have a beautiful stretch of the River Ouse to walk along. Each time I go walking the light can make the experience completely different to the last. And can get spectacular at sunrise and sunset. I have walked many a mile beside the river, be it on a dog walk, with family, or...

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The Bowes Museum In Barnard Castle

One minute you are in the Durham Dales, Teesdale and the historic small market town of Barnard Castle. Turn a corner and through the gates, and you are faced with a grand and large building. It is literally transporting you to France. In fact the Bowes Museum is the only building of its kind in our country that was built in the style of French museums of the First Empire period. A sight to behold even before seeing the many treasures within and around. Before I even get started on the massive collection, priceless pieces of art and of...

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Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire – A Family Favourite

Tattershall castle has been a place for making family memories for many years since the kids were tiny and we always had a tradition of having a sword fight in the grounds, plenty of birthdays have been celebrated here too, birthday cake an all. We love the winding staircase leading up to each of the floors and up high onto the 130ft (40 metre) high battlements to see for miles across the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside and the sights from above show more of the history, looking over the vast landscape you can clearly see the lay of the land, from the double moat surrounding the castle, the lovely St Mary’s...

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Appleby Castle – A Stay In History

Appleby Castle, packed with history reaching back to the Roman age, and carrying on through to the Normans, great Kings, the Clifford family (especially lady Anne Clifford), the civil war and much more. Over the hundreds of years Appleby Castle retains remnants of its early history combined with how each age has left its mark up until the present day. A castle that has kept a lot of its historic soul, a castle that you stay in and feel the ambience that you would expect. A place to see and learn, a place to experience the past, a place...

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A Walk Around Whitby

Whitby has a lot to offer for enthusiasts of a whole variety of interests. History, vampires, sea-food, super views and plenty of walks. It is a place my parents took me a few times as a young child. We had an afternoon free, why stay around the house, was time to take a drive up to North Yorkshire and Whitby! Even though a cloudy and cool day it was perfect for a refreshing few hours outside and away. The drive here shows how isolated it can be. Constrained by the North Yorkshire Moors, Whitby can feel cut away on...

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A Hen Cloud Ramble In The Roaches, Staffordshire

The rocky and rugged landscape near Leek in Staffordshire called the roaches is appealing to hikers, climbers, dog walkers and sightseers, it is steeped in history, myth and legend and it has meaning to many for different reasons. I love the area because of its natural ruggedness, the history and interesting folklore. The area we arrived at is called hen cloud.   The most recent archaeological find at the Roaches nature reserve has been the discovery of a burial urn said to date back 3500 years to the Bronze Age period. The burial urn and the cremated remains were discovered by a...

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