Thursday, February 08, 2018


It lies on the north side of the Thames Estuary, 40 miles east of central London. It is bordered to the north by Rochford and to the west by Castle Point. It is home to the longest leisure pier in the world, built in 1830 and stretching some 1.33 miles (2.14 km) from shore.In the early 19th century, Southend was growing as a seaside holiday resort. At the time, it was thought that spending time by the sea was good for one's health, and since it was close to the capital, many Londoners would come to Southend for this reason. However the coast at Southend consists of large mudflats, so the sea is never very deep even at full tide – between  4 and 6 m – and recedes over one mile (1.6 km) from the beach at low tide. Large boats were unable to stop at Southend near to the beach and no boats at all were able to stop at low tide. This meant that many potential visitors would go past Southend and on to Margate, or other resorts where docking facilities were better.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Studley Royal Park including the ruins of Fountains Abbey is a designated World Heritage Site in North Yorkshire, England. The site, which has an area of 323 hectares (800 acres) features an 18th-century landscaped garden, some of the largest Cistercian ruins in Europe, a Jacobean mansion and a Victorian church designed by William Burges. It was developed around the ruins of the Cistercian Fountains Abbey.

Sunday, December 03, 2017


Since the Fort William and Lochaber area is a very mountainous part of the west Highlands, it is no surprise that it is well serviced with Mountain Guiding businesses who can collectively provide hill-walking, scrambling, ridge-walking, rock climbing, and winter climbing guiding courses and personal tuition from beginners to experienced walkers and climbers. Fort William is a key destination for novice and experienced climbers and mountaineers, with a good range of accommodation to suit your needs. One of Scotland's experienced mountaineers Alan Kimber has a mounteering-friendly self catering "Calluna" which I recommend.

Thursday, November 02, 2017


Nestled within an area of outstanding beauty and only 23 miles south of Edinburgh, the Borders town of Peebles sits straddling the majestic River Tweed.
But the world famous salmon fishing river - Peebles motto is "Against the stream they multiply" - is only one of the many treasures on offer to visitors.
A Royal Burgh since 1152 and the rule of King David I, Peebles has for many years been a market town cherished by locals and visitors alike for its picturesque and unspoilt character.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


With over a hundred current castles, Wales is rightfully known as the ‘Land of Castles.’ Located on the North coast of Wales, the Conwy Castle is another one of Edward I’s chain of beautiful castles in his fortification of Wales. Made out of limestone and sandstone, today this castle lies in sublime and picturesque ruins. Built between 1283-89 this Conwy Castle has seen many wars including the Revolt of Madog ap Llywelyn and the Revolt of Owain Glynd┼Ár. This enticing Castle has been considered as one of the best architectural works of Edward I. The interior is a maze of great halls, chapels, and royal chambers that evoke a sense of awe in the tourists.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


When you come across the surrounding park and see Chatsworth House for the first time, a sumptuous pile of yellow stone surrounded by gardens, fronted by the River Derwent and backed by a tree-covered hillside, it fairly takes your breath away. Chatsworth is home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. Home of the Cavendish family since the 1550s, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.
Chatsworth House has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, to the family-used chapel, regal State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth also houses the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe's most significant art collections, which is continually added to, encompassing Old Masters to contemporary ceramics and artefacts from Ancient Egypt to cutting edge modern sculpture.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017


It is one of Britain's most spectacular natural landmarks. This world famous beauty spot is not only a National Nature Reserve but also a famous site of prehistoric discoveries. Once an ancient river bed - its limestone cliffs and beautiful caves are now home to rare bats, dormice, water voles and Peregrine falcons.Cheddar Gorge itself can be explored in several ways – one of the most popular of all being the open-top bus tour, which offers 20-minutes of amazing views and informative commentary.
For the more active visitor, climb 274 steps up to The Lookout Tower, where the rewards on offer are the breath-taking views or enjoy one of the most stunning walks in England. The three-mile Cliff Top Gorge Walk, which usually takes around one-and-a-half hours and offers arguably the best picnic spot in the country! So ready??