Exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines

river and hills on a sunny day blue skies

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… Continue reading Exploring Teesdale and the North Pennines

Why You Should Visit the North York Moors

sheep wandering in heather moorland in the north york moors national park

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… Continue reading Why You Should Visit the North York Moors

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… Continue reading Wild Wind and Waves: Aberystwyth

A Rainy Day in York

One of those days where the hills are the same colour as the sky—a dark blue or grey, blending with the clouds so that the tips of the hills are barely visible. Rain whips against the windows of the train carriages, and I try to spy the White Horse in the distance, but it's no… Continue reading A Rainy Day in York

East Meets West: Exploring Görlitz, Germany

My day trip to Görlitz started at 8:30am in Hauptbahnhof, Berlin's main train station. I was there over an hour too early for my first train to Cottbus, where I'd change to a small, regional German train to Görlitz, in the very east of Germany on the Polish border. Hauptbahnhof is a maze of levels… Continue reading East Meets West: Exploring Görlitz, Germany

48 Hours in Bruges, Belgium

My expectations of a city-trip to Bruges entirely revolved around quintessential Belgian stereotypes: fries, chocolate, and traditional medieval buildings. This is perhaps a little unfair to the miniature city in the west of Belgium – there was actually plenty more to it than that. The train from Antwerp to Bruges, a journey of just under… Continue reading 48 Hours in Bruges, Belgium