Durham

Durham University and Cathedral Durham is one of the most gorgeous cities in Britain. In fact, I’ll raise that statement. Durham could hold its own – in good looks and history (per yard) – against most cities in the world. My advice about the best times to visit a given place are defined by the […]

Picture Stories

Here are some picture stories to start  off  a few ‘reads’… Scroll ‘Recent Posts‘ and ‘Categories‘ for more words & pictures combinations.

South Beach Miami

Colony Hotel Ocean Drive, South Beach I think this picture of the Colony Hotel at sunrise is amazing and not just because I shot it (print available here). I’ve been many times to shoot pictures at the tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, just south of Miami, though I always ended up in some cheap and […]

Gratuitous Colour

Gratuitous Colour (AKA ‘Some Bird’s Arse’) A friend of mine once tetchily dismissed this picture as ‘some bird’s arse’ and of course he was right. It is some bird’s arse. But to describe it thus is to willfully miss the point – I mean, just LOOK at those colours! Whose arse? No fekin’ idea. She […]

Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela I got talking to a Frenchman in Salamanca one time, about the differences between France and Spain. ‘In France its about the countryside. But here its all about these amazing cities,‘ which for me sums up the best of Spain – amazing cities. Santiago de Compostela is one of those amazing cities […]

Es Vedra

Es Vedra, Ibiza The rock of Es Vedra, on Ibiza’s Cala d’Hort, was the body double for the Island of Bali Hai in the movie South Pacific and – amongst many other walk-on parts – it featured on the cover of Mike Oldfield’s Voyager album (not his best work). In fact, the house with the […]

Settle

Settle has one of the best chippy’s in the North of England (says me), a market full of characters (with some great faces!), a honeycomb of interesting streets, walks both long and short and you aren’t far from a cracking little waterfall, which is a perfect spot for Summer picnics (the sun needs to be […]

Stonyhurst & The Hodder

An aesthetically pleasing marriage of Elizabethan and Victorian architecture, the towered structure of Stonyhurst College sits modestly beyond what was once the main road adjoining Clitheroe and Preston, within a stone’s throw of the banks of the River Hodder, and it immediately imposes itself upon the eye of those who have sought it. A Catholic […]

Heptonstall

Hepptonstall gives you a feel for what Haworth must’ve been like before the tea rooms arrived, and the twinned churchyard of St Thomas a Becket and the new Church of Saint Thomas is a good place to picnic beside a gravestone (Edith Plath’s, if you can find it). Morbid? Not at all – why not […]

Castle Hotel

The Castle on Oldham Street has been around for generations, and is perhaps most famous as the location for the oft-spouted John Peel interview with Joy Division’s Ian Curtis, circa 1979. Only a few years ago I wouldn’t be recommending it for anything save a good scrap, and certainly not as a place where visitors […]

Oxford Road & Street Manchester

There’s a vibrancy about Manchester’s Oxford Road and Street that few areas of the city can match. Students from Manchester Met and Manchester University fill out its pavements and keep its cafes, bars, eateries, and cheap take-aways busy throughout the year (and into the small hours). The best reason to head along Oxford Road, and […]

Cheviots

Gateway to the Cheviots Take the B6348 off the main A1, not far from the opposite turn off to Bamburgh, and head in the direction of Chatton and Wooler. When night falls along this road you know you are close to a relative wilderness and far from the maddening crowds, which makes it a great […]

Alnwick

Alnwick is home to one of the most spectacular castles in the kingdom and, unlike the castle at Bamburgh, the owners understand the value of lighting up their prize possession at night all year round. So pack your wellies and head torches, and set out on a riverside walk as the sun begins to set. […]

Berwick upon Tweed

Too often overlooked but worth the drive up the A1. Lowry loved this place for a reason: if you were to take a typical worktown and dress it up in idealised clothing, it would probably look something like Berwick upon Tweed. Handsome, hard-working pubs and eateries, wonderfull stonework and harbour to explore, and a masterpiece […]

Dunstanburgh Castle

 Craster to Dunstanburgh Castle …(or better still, carry on walking and have a pint in The Ship at Newton by the Sea). If you are expecting a picture-perfect postcard village, Craster might be a disappointment because it isn’t that picturesque: no architecture of note, the only place to park (unless you’ve been allocated a slot […]

Bamburgh

A Walk Along the Beach at Bamburgh Bamburgh Castle is a spectacular sight by day but it fizzles out come night time, when it should be at its finest. I’ve no doubt it can be expensive lighting up a full castle at night, especially out of season when there’s few folk around to enjoy the […]

Holy Island Lindisfarne

Wonderful sights often require effort on the viewer’s part – sometimes a lot, at other times not so much – and one of the most spectacular sights in Britain is a perfect sunrise over the Holy Island that is Lindisfarne. In summer, this might require some serious sleep deprivation (and a room at a local […]

Beadnell

If you didn’t know about it beforehand (as many watersporters do), Beadnell can throw you somewhat on arrival. OK, so the Craster Arms looks like a decent place for a pint and a butty, and the church is cute. But is that it? Mmm. A stroll towards the coast reveals a collection of nondescript houses […]

Warkworth Northumberland

For some, Warkworth is Northumberland’s Jewel. Warkworth Castle lords it over the wonderfully preserved Castle main street and the short riverside walk is perfect for a daily stroll at either end of the day. Great base for a family holiday and there’s much to appeal to the imagination of children of all ages.