There are many things that Wales is known for. The Snowdonia National Park, the Brecon Beacons, beautiful coastlines, castles, dragons and sheep to name but a few, but one thing I have discovered and had the chance to witness myself more recently are the impressive number of beautiful waterfalls scattered around the country. The …

If you are looking for that picture perfect scenic lakeside break, where is the first place you think of? How about Lake Garda in Italy? That looks lovely doesn’t it. Or, what about Lake Louise in Western Canada? Perfection. Well, I have been in search of that idyllic lakeside location for a little while …

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir  When you think about California, what springs to mind? Sunshine. Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Pacific Coast Highway, deserts and Yosemite National Park are a few places that I’m sure that some of you think of. They are all superb and …

Something a little bit different here. Many of us travel all the time. Day in, day out along the same monotonous roads on our way to work. We do it so often that we are usually on autopilot, focusing on the road ahead rather than what is around us. That’s obviously good for road …

Welford Park You may not be familiar with the name Welford Park, a privately owned country house and estate in Berkshire. Situated about five miles outside of Newbury, the current house dates back to approximately 1650 and is surrounded by 3,000 acres of parkland and woodland. The setting may be familiar if you are one of …

It’s been a little while since I took you on a tour of a National Trust property, so I am back to show you another one. This one is quite special. This one represents home. I was lucky enough to grow up in a small village in the Conwy Valley, North Wales. The view …

‘In every walk with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.’ John Muir California has long been Number 1 on my list of ‘return to’ destinations since my first visit in 2003. Embarking on a long road trip covering cities, theme parks, the coast, deserts and mountains there is such a wide variety …

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey Winkworth Arboretum is the only Arboretum in the National Trust’s portfolio, and has been maintained by them for the past 60 years. Created in the early 20th century by Dr. Wilfrid Fox, it is home to more than 1,000 species of plants and shrubs, many of those rare. Located in the …

I did it again. Trawling through Instagram, I came across a fantastic photograph of a landscape that looked other worldly, like a scene from Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. ‘Where is this magical place?‘ I thought, before looking at the location tag of the photo and figuring out that it was in …

Umbria is a region of central Italy landlocked between Tuscany to the west, Marche to the east and Lazio to the south. It’s fair to say it doesn’t sit as prominently on the tourist map as some other parts of the country. The draw of neighbouring Tuscany with it’s beautiful landscape of rolling hills, cypress …