6 Places You Won’t Believe Are In North-East England

Any travel-lover who follows those ‘beautiful places’ accounts on Instagram will probably already be aware of some of the north’s key tourist spots: York, Whitby, Durham. Sunset pictures of Whitby Abbey, or gloomy pictures of the Shambles are popular on the platform, and do buck the trend of the north being viewed as some sort of post-industrial apocalyptic area (genuine views I’ve heard people express, … Continue reading 6 Places You Won’t Believe Are In North-East England

The Ultimate Guide to a Day in London #1: Shoreditch to Southbank

After living in London for almost four years now, I like to think that I know all the best places to go, and all the best things to do. Of course, I’m kidding myself—London is massive, a city made up of almost nine million people and likely about nine million things to do. However, I do have a knack for crafting days out that take … Continue reading The Ultimate Guide to a Day in London #1: Shoreditch to Southbank

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Exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines

The river Tees flows through the industrial town of Middlesbrough, up on the northeast coast of England. Historically, the river has been the industrial life blood of the area, making trade possible between towns throughout the northeast as well as to places further afield, like the Netherlands. The river has seen industries rise and then disappear: shipbuilding, brick-making, the flax trade, iron works. Now, it’s … Continue reading Exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines

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Secret Southeast London: Horniman Museum and Gardens

There are plenty of museums in London—so many that I think it’s impossible to have been to them all. With so many to choose from, it’s natural to have a few favourites; the ones that you keep coming back to, whether for their content, location, or atmosphere. One of those is Horniman Museum and Gardens, in Forest Hill. This is an area full of young … Continue reading Secret Southeast London: Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Why You Should Visit the North York Moors

The North York Moors National Park is an area of 1,434 square kilometres of moorland, forest, and coastline in North Yorkshire. It is not the biggest National Park in the UK, only the fourth largest in England, but I would argue that for its size, it’s one of the most varied and beautiful parts of the UK. I used to visit the Moors quite often … Continue reading Why You Should Visit the North York Moors

Secret Southeast London: Severndroog Castle

I love castles—it’s part of the reason why I like spending time in Yorkshire and Wales so much, the fact that there are just so many hidden within the landscape. They speak of a history that we simply cannot imagine now: knights and Kings defending land, civil wars, foreign invasions. When I moved to London, this was one thing I knew I was going to … Continue reading Secret Southeast London: Severndroog Castle

Is Morocco the Best Holiday Destination for 2019?

I have always loved, and will always love, holidays in Europe. You really do have everything—mountains, beautiful coastline, sun, snow, rivers, vibrant cities, varieties of culture. But European holidays, especially for a Brit, are no longer what they once were. Visiting Berlin in 2015, I exchanged pounds to euros when the exchange was really at its peak: 1.4409. If you exchanged £300, you could get … Continue reading Is Morocco the Best Holiday Destination for 2019?

A Day in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

From a rooftop in Marrakech in the early morning sun, the Atlas Mountains are just visible in the distance. At first glance, it’s a trick of the light, a mirage, you don’t really believe they’re there. They would barely be visible at all if it wasn’t for the sunlight catching on the snowy peaks, evidence of the cold winters that Marrakech, though that’s also difficult … Continue reading A Day in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Wild Wind and Waves: Aberystwyth

Watching the wind whisk around cars on the M62—which prides itself on being the highest motorway in the country, at 372m above sea level at its peak—I wondered if heading to Aberystwyth on a weekend with storms threatening the UK was really a good idea. I’d heard good things about the place, but would it be worth it seeing the town in this weather? Aberystwyth … Continue reading Wild Wind and Waves: Aberystwyth

A Walk Through Newcastle’s History

I’ve been visiting Newcastle since I was young. It’s the closest city to my hometown of Middlesbrough, and though the place isn’t huge (I quickly realised this when I started spending summers with family in London), it’s fairly cosmopolitan compared to Middlesbrough. In a sort of parallel universe, I even live in Newcastle. I spent the first year of university avoiding further questions about where … Continue reading A Walk Through Newcastle’s History