Parks and recreation: discovering Utah’s lesser-known wildernesses

As debate about the future of public land in the US intensifies, an alternative road trip around five of Utah’s state parks – beyond its famous ‘mighty five’ national parks – highlights the majesty of nature and why it needs protecting

A decade of award-winning British landscape photography – in pictures

A new book brings together the UK’s greatest landscape photographers, who have captured everything from violent seas to tranquil mountains

The eeriness of the English countryside

Writers and artists have long been fascinated by the idea of an English eerie – ‘the skull beneath the skin of the countryside’. But for a new generation this has nothing to do with hokey supernaturalism – it’s a cultural and political response to contemporary crises and fears

UK days out with myths and legends

The British countryside is steeped in folklore and tales of mystery from down the centuries, turning a rural walk into an adventure through the past. All you need is a map and your imagination

Walking to Kirkaig Falls, Assynt, Scotland

I did some slight re-arranging of items into my rucksack and set off hoping that the path wouldn’t be too wet. I walked along by the river Kirkaig that flows 4km to the sea from Fionn Loch (the white loch) through Lewisian gneiss. On the other side of the river was the Inverpolly National NatureContinue reading “Walking to Kirkaig Falls, Assynt, Scotland”

The Best of the UK’s National Parks

Here is some good advice on how to enjoy the UK’s National Parks. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jul/28/the-best-of-uk-national-parks

Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 4

Knowles parked his Land Rover in the car park of the Badger & Ferret Inn and looked at his watch. “Right, Sergeant Barnes, I think you should go and see Carol Herald and find out what she knows and work out what she’s not telling you, if you know what I mean. Above all seeContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders – Chapter 4”

Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica

  The Rose Hall Great House is associated with the infamous ‘White Witch’ of Rose Hall, Annie Palmer. Annie moved to Haiti when she was 11 with her English mother and Irish father. Annie immediately took a keen interest in voodoo. Her parents died from Yellow Fever soon afterwards, but Annie was coached in theContinue reading “Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica”