Malham Cove rises out of the hills like the Temple of Thebes – tall and imposing, this striking natural formation was the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and for good reason.
This weeks travel blog takes me into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, hot on the trail of The Grim. The dreaded dog like beast of myths and legends long past.
Over the last century the little villages of Swalesdale in Yorkshire have been shedding their population like an old skin – leaving in its wake eerily quiet houses with glassy eyes, and views that stretch for miles.
Salt Marshes in the U.K. are a habitat long under threat from land reclamation and drainage. These marshes, on the edge of an RAF training ground, show how these habitats can thrive.
Theedlethrope is a nature reserve just outside the town of Mablethorpe. It is all blue skies and great big swathes of sandy mud and a lovely place for a summer picnic.
Exploring Budapest’s murky past though Nazi and Soviet strife, and looking ahead at the city it is today.
Berlin is a geometric concrete powerhouse of triangles and squares. The stickers that adorn every Soviet surface advertise grunge bands, art shows, quasi-philosophical and geopolitical ideas.
From mainland Wales, you can take the Menai Suspension Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey. Wales, like the rest of Europe, was blistering under a heat wave, and Angesley was field after field of crispy yellow stalks. It’s a lot like Lincolnshire or Norfolk with the cliched gently rolling hills – the very picture of pleasant Jane Austen-esque countryside, except, for the blue mountains of Snowdonia which loomed over the landscape. The story for this week is set several millennia ago and involves the national boundaries of Anglesey.
A visit to the world renowned National Slate Museum in Llanberis, Wales. Possibly the most boring sounding museum in the world – but one that consistently gets 5 star reviews. Is it worth it?
Hunting Bigfoot around Mount Snowdon on the banks of Llyn Cwellyn. Did we get him?