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    A Trip to Dartmoor with Unique Home Stays

    November 21, 2017

    It was the afternoon of Halloween; a watery sunlight forcing its way through grey clouds. Ahead of me lay miles of treeless moorland: waterlogged peat and rusty grassland disappearing into the mist. Just a mile away stood the notorious Dartmoor Prison, a vast hulk of a building looming on the horizon – its rows of small cell windows glinting in the afternoon sun. I noticed that a little way from it stood a small white cottage, each set of its…

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  • A Microadventure to Northumberland

    Watching the miniature, virtual car move steadily along the cracked screen of my aged SatNav, I began to feel restless. My legs squirmed amongst the camera cases and pile of coats that Laura had…

    November 4, 2017
  • Exploring the Kentish Coast: Margate & beyond

    ‘You’re going where?’ Mum asked, interrupting my attempts to update her on my whereabouts over the coming month. Mildly annoyed that she had disrupted my finely-tuned recital – complete with flight numbers and departure…

    August 22, 2017
  • East Sussex Adventures: Dungeness

    It was only by chance that I noticed the little sign. Pinned carefully to a towering phone mast, it was flapping wildly in the wind; the laminated plastic rattling loudly. Holding it still, I…

    August 16, 2017
  • A country escape to Stapleford Park

    A few weeks ago, I had to undergo the emotional ordeal of waving goodbye to my rather tatty looking, stamped filled passport. I’d been putting off renewing it for several months but fate had…

    August 2, 2017
  • Welcoming Hope to London

    The Sunday family day out was a Jopson obligation. Not ones for lazy sofa days, our family would rise as the dawn broke, before being piled into the trusty ‘people carrier’ and carted off…

    July 26, 2017
  • A Celebratory stay at No. Ten Manchester Street

    Clattering up the steps of No. Ten Manchester Stret, almost an hour later than we had anticipated, our anxiety had reached critical levels. Suitcases bouncing behind us as we tried to avoid the drizzle…

    July 8, 2017
  • The Zetter Hotel, Clerkenwell

    Early each morning, hundreds of commuters will exit Farringdon underground station. Walking intently – heads down, phones in hand – it’s unlikely that they’ll notice the gentle slope that leads them away from the…

    July 2, 2017
  • How to spend a day in Leeds

    Let’s start this blog post with a confession: we really dislike flying. I know, travel bloggers who hate flying – the irony. It’s like a doctor with a phobia of needles, or a teacher who dislikes…

    May 11, 2017
  • Celebrating National Tea Day with Twinings

    Resting under the shade of a tea bush one afternoon in 2737 BCE, Emperor Shennong, of China, instructed his servants to prepare his drinking water. Shennong, ahead of his time, liked his water boiled…

    April 27, 2017
  • Jane Austen’s England

    My first encounter with Jane Austen came in the form of a university essay. Although I was studying for a history degree, Jane and her cast of fictional characters appeared in the middle of…

    April 12, 2017