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Cycling in the New Forest made easy

Cycling along forest tracks to the quintessentially English village of Minstead in the heart of the New Forest, Gillian Thomas was on a mini-mission. Why was the grave of Conan Doyle there in the churchyard of All Saints since he lived and died in Crowborough which is 99 miles away? She reckoned it was a […]

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Snowdrops and more

Snowdrops are one of Anna Hyman’s favourite flowers, so when an invitation came from Hodsock Priory to visit and admire their spectacular snowdrop wood and gardens, she decided to head off to Nottinghamshire. Hodsock Priory’s famous snowdrops Hodsock Priory, just north of Worksop in North Nottinghamshire, is famed for its carpets of snowdrops in its […]

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The New Forest: On the Plate and in the Glass

With family living in Dorset Anna Hyman had driven through the New Forest many times to reach them. And that was the problem; on the whole she had never stopped long enough to investigate this wonderful National Park with its wealth of attractions, gorgeous scenery, to say nothing of the famous ponies which graze there. […]

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Attractions UK

Enlightened Princesses

Enlightened Princesses is the title of an exhibition currently running at Kensington Palace. Anna Hyman set out to discover what it was all about. Main photo credit: Historic Royal Palaces/SWNS Changes were taking place in Europe and beyond. The period known as The Age of Enlightenment, also the Age of Reason, was making its presence felt […]

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Culture UK

Family narrowboating in North Wales

The most spectacular feature of Britain’s canal network is surely the 1007-feet long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which takes the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee near Chirk. Narrowboats cross it in a metal trough which has a towpath on one side and a sheer 126 feet drop on the other. No matter how many times you […]

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Destinations UK

Eight Tastes of Scotland

When you think of Scotland and its culinary offerings, haggis, porridge or deep-fried Mars bars might well spring to mind. However, Scotland has a far more diverse range of goodies to offer locals and visitors alike. Premier Inn has taken a closer look at Scottish food and drink and discovered some interesting facts about some delicious […]