Hiking the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Porlock

When you think of epic hikes, it’s easy to conjure up images of America’s great Appalachian Trail or the Camino de Santiago in Spain. But just 60 miles west of Bristol, you’ll find the starting point for one of the most spectacular and adventurous long-distance hiking routes in the…

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River walks and Roman ruins: A day trip over the bridge to Wales

My love affair with Wales began several years back, when I hopped in a car from Bristol and was transported to the magical waterfalls and mountains of the Brecon Beacons for the very first time. Since then, each unique corner of Wales has blown me away, from the towering…

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3 of the best short hikes in the Gower Peninsula

2020 is Year of the Outdoors in Wales and few places can rival the outstanding natural beauty of the Gower Peninsula. This 19-mile stretch of coastline, just a short drive from Swansea, is home to some of the most spectacular, unspoilt beaches and coastal hikes in the U.K. I…

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‘Spectacle of Light’ at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Nestled in the Cotswold Hills, in Gloucestershire, is one of England’s most beautiful Tudor castles. Sudeley Castle & Gardens provides the perfect backdrop for the ‘Spectacle of Light’ – an enchanting light and sound trail that’s open to visitors throughout December. Seeing the historic castle and gardens illuminated under the…

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12 Days of Bristmas: The best things to do in Bristol this Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, here in beautiful Bristol… For the last few weeks, I’ve been out and about exploring some of the best things to do in and around the city, as part of Visit Bristol’s #MerryBristmas celebrations and I have 12 festive treats in…

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10 festive things to do in Bath at Christmas

Bath is beautiful in all seasons but there’s something truly magical about this city at Christmas-time. The historic streets, twinkly lights, and bustling market stalls make this one of the best cities in the world for a festive break. So grab a hot chocolate, crank up the Bublé, and…

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Autumn in Edinburgh: The best places for leaf peeping in the city

Edinburgh is beautiful in all seasons but there’s something oh so magical about visiting the Scottish capital in the autumn. Even with the rain and cloud (and Scotland gets its fair share of both!), this fairytale city bursts into life at this time of year, making this a must-visit…

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University of Bristol Botanic Garden: Bristol’s best keep secret

Psst – I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Stoke Bishop, near The Downs, is one of Bristol’s best hidden gems. The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is an idyllic oasis of calm and the perfect place to escape…

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