Somerset: Keep calm and carry on

April 14, 2014 at 6:15 AM
Spectacular Cheddar Gorge

Spectacular Cheddar Gorge

This year has certainly thrown out some challenges in the way of weather, but how amazing has it been to see how the regions most affected have rallied? A coming together of communities, local businesses, councils, travel providers and many other organisations and individuals who have committed to helping in any way possible.

Over the last few weeks I have felt honoured to share stories from some of these individuals and organisations, learning how much has been done so that we can all look forward to spring and summer in some of England’s most beautiful counties. To see what I’ve been up to, check out my posts on Cornwall and Devon

This week I have been looking at Somerset, long a favourite holiday destination for not only U.K. holidaymakers but international visitors too. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of visiting the heart of the West Country, now is the time to take a look and learn just why it’s such a popular location. For seasoned visitors, it’s also time to take a look – at what’s going on over the next few months. Somerset is open and ready to welcome visitors; in fact, it’s literally bursting with events and attractions!

Kent: rural beauty on the edge of the city

March 5, 2014 at 8:16 AM
Blue sky over the white cliffs of Dover

Blue sky over the White Cliffs of Dover

Yes, South East England’s home to our crazy, smoky capital – but let’s forget about that for a few minutes. Transport yourself just an hour or so outside (or just a few minutes away from your work desk or kitchen table…) and come with me to what is arguably the loveliest home county: Kent.

The White Cliffs of Dover, pummelled by waves; Canterbury Cathedral, and its turbulent history; hop farms, orchards and vineyards in spades: the ‘Garden of England’ (rightfully named, thank you very much) packs a pretty hefty punch when it comes to attractions, but it offers lots of activities too – and they’re diverse, to say the least.

Fancy taking a breath of fresh air with me? I thought so.

Delve into South Devon

February 24, 2014 at 4:54 AM
The seafront at Plymouth Hoe Devon England UK

Plymouth Hoe’s seafront in Devon

I can most definitely recommend a visit to Devon: the south of the region boasts some of England’s most beautiful countryside, with a stunning coastline and quirky villages and towns. It is no surprise that Devon has been a favourite holiday location for families from across the U.K. and from further afield for many years.

When you visit this region you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning how to spend your time: foodie, outdoor adventurer, thrill seeker or in need of rest and relaxation – you will not be disappointed. Wet weather (which I think we have all seen enough of) or fair weather, South Devon caters for all conditions. So looking ahead, half term is already upon us, the Easter holidays are fast approaching, and to add a bit of cheery weather news to the mix: The Independent has reported that it’s likely this summer will be one of the hottest on record. With that in mind, now seems the ideal time to delve into South Devon.

Dartmoor: prime Devonshire paradise

February 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM
The ancient clapper bridge at Postbridges in Dartmoor National Park, Devon England UK

The ancient clapper bridge at Postbridges in Dartmoor National Park, Devon England UK

Fancy a little slice of Devonshire’s prime paradise? I know I do – and once you’ve stepped foot in Dartmoor National Park, having sampled even a fraction of its myriad attractions, you’ll be surprised you hadn’t come sooner. The beauty of its landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the rich heritage it harbours are all somewhat of a given; less known, perhaps, are the wealth of outdoor and water-based activities the area’s suited to, many of which can be enjoyed in groups or as a family. Whether you’ve little ones in tow or are travelling with good friends, Dartmoor’s character will leave you with more than just fond memories.

A World Away, with HomeAway – right here in the heart of England

February 2, 2014 at 7:31 AM
The Peak District Photo: Kyle Taylor

The Peak District. Photo: Kyle Taylor

I was sat the other evening watching television and a commercial caught my attention: the notion was appealing, A World Away that’s not so far away. The scenery looked wonderful – a train gliding along with fresh rolling landscapes peeling past; outdoor pursuits and cycle rides through sun-dappled woodland; warm and inviting eateries and historic spa towns all leapt through my screen reminding me that there is most definitely A World Away that is not so far away.