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A few days in Cornwall – Part 1: Falmouth & Maenporth

FALMOUTH, on the Fal estuary on Cornwall’s south coast, boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world and is the gateway to a beautiful network of rivers and creeks. The town is home to Cornwall’s maritime heritage and has had a long and involved history since its foundation in the Elizabethan period. For … Continue reading

The beach at Budleigh Salterton

A fiercely cold but cloudless winter’s day on the pebble beach at Budleigh Salterton, Devon.

Thomas a Becket Church at Fairfield on Romney Marsh

The tiny church of Thomas a Becket at Fairfield on Romney Marsh dates from the late 12th century and sits isolated in a field cut through with dykes and grazed by sheep. The houses of the original medieval inhabitants of Fairfield have long since disappeared. Constructed with a wooden frame and walls of wattle and … Continue reading

St Clement’s Church on Romney Marsh

The historic church of St Clement’s at Old Romney was constructed in the mid-12th century with just nave and chancel; the aisles were added in the 13th century.  The interior takes the visitor by surprise with its 18th century minstrels’ gallery and box pews, all painted pink. The latter transformation was carried out by Walt … Continue reading

Dungeness – wild, windy and slightly weird

Not far from Rye is the weird ‘sixth continent’ that is Dungeness and the late film director Derek Jarman’s famous garden.

Rye: from smugglers’ haunt to tourist trap

THE little East Sussex town of Rye used to be on the coast and the haunt of smugglers; now it is two miles inland and attracts tourists and film crews. In medieval times, it was an important member of the Cinque Ports confederation, almost entirely surrounded by the sea. But 13th century storms transformed the … Continue reading

The Georgian city of Bath

THE beautiful Georgian city of Bath is a magnet for tourists visiting England from all over the world and often the first place they head for on leaving London. I spent a most interesting 24 hours there in late January and discovered that there is so much more to Bath than the Roman Baths and … Continue reading

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