Coast to Coast: Stage 2

Ennerdale is one of my favourite parts of the Lake District. A fabulously beautiful stretch of water in a quiet location away from the crowds of Windermere and Keswick. It’s bliss. A great fortune, then, that the beginning of the C2C route’s second stage includes a walk along the full length of this smashing lake.Continue reading “Coast to Coast: Stage 2”

Starting the Coast to Coast walk

Last year, when staycation activities were all the rage, we embarked on the Pennine Way and loved it. Purists might scoff at the fact that we didn’t do it all in one go, but Wainwright himself wrote that this doesn’t really matter. Having a ‘weekend’ approach spreads out the joy and meant we could alsoContinue reading “Starting the Coast to Coast walk”

How to become a world champion

Becoming the leading competitor in your chosen sport sprint necessarily require rich parents investing in lessons and world class equipment. It might not even include all that much talent on your behalf. It all depends what your chosen event is. A few years ago I entered the World Conker Championship in England and wasn’t allContinue reading “How to become a world champion”

Around the Coast in 80 Days – Grange-over-Sands

My travel blogs continue this week and I’ll be focussing on the wonderful British coastline in the coming summer months – looking at the places I’ve selected for my Around the Coast in 80 Days book, which is now out through Bloomsbury. There’s a podcast linked to this blog, featuring an interview with Beth PipeContinue reading “Around the Coast in 80 Days – Grange-over-Sands”

Wookey Hole

We’re heading down to the south west of England for my latest travel blog – visiting the underground world of Wookey Hole and discovering the incredible historical treasures it houses. Wookey Hole – one of the country’s top attractions – is one of 50 brilliant days out in my new book, Days Out Underground: 50Continue reading “Wookey Hole”

National Coal Mining Museum

It’s time for another journey beneath the surface of Britain to discover another cracking day out for people of all ages. The National Coal Mining Museum, not far from junction 38 of the M1, is awesome place to go – not least because it’s free to get in and even the brilliant underground tour onlyContinue reading “National Coal Mining Museum”