An attraction – normally in the countryside or open-air – that involves, or features, a walk.

From a house in the clouds to a fort

Thorpeness, meare, House in the Clouds, Suffolk

We are in the east of England, on the Suffolk coast.  The town of Aldeburgh was once a thriving Tudor port; that’s where we’ll find the fort. And Thorpeness, well – Thorpeness was purpose-built in the 20th century – and that’s where we’ll find our house in the clouds. Few people now will have heard […]

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Walking Whernside

Whernside, Yorkshire Dales

Whernside, one of the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks, is often thought to be relatively uninteresting walking country compared with its partners, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent.  This is unfair.  Whernside can be bleak, but there is plenty to see.  If you stick to the popular path, the going is easier than on either of the other two

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Perambulating Pen-y-Ghent

Pen-y-Ghent, Yorkshire Dales

Time to go for a walk.  So here’s Pen-y-Ghent, one of the Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales.  To get the full set, you need to conquer Ingleborough and Whernside too.  Some folk hike scramble or totter up all of ‘em in a single day, a distance of about 24.5 miles; it’s a challenge.  Before

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On top of Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters from Seaford Head - the classic view from just above the coastguards' cottages. In the distance is Beachy Head.

Before anyone gets carried away with gratuitous salacity, the Seven Sisters are chalk cliffs on the south east coast of England.  Do not confuse them with another Seven Sisters, an area of London in N15, near Tottenham.  Exciting and attractive though the latter undoubtedly is, today – today we’re striding out across the cliffs, perforce

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Introducing Ingleborough

Ingleborough from Twisleton Scar

Yorkshire’s Ingleborough is a curiously shaped hill, large and looming.  That said, there are bigger features in the world, even in our ever-modest Britain; but being over the benchmark height of 1,000’ (2,372’ or 732 metres to be precise), Ingleborough qualifies to call itself a mountain.  Locally, it’s known as a ‘peak’ – one of

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A bit about Constable Country

Willy Lott's House at Flatford Mill

ABAB’s regular reader (thank you – the cheque’s in the post) will know that my knowledge of art could be sketched on the back of very small postage stamp.  Nevertheless, in the endless pursuit of intriguing stories and occasionally stimulating bits of Britain, which may attract and amuse, the intrepid Bit About Britain team set

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A postcard from Calton Hill

Edinburgh is a very photogenic city, the kind of place where it might once have been nice to buy a post card for a close friend or relative.  People hardly ever send post cards anymore.  (This should be said somewhat whimsically.)  People hardly ever send post cards anymore; instead, they take a quick picture on

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Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps, ancient clapper bridge in Somerset

The Devil was a busy little bee in days gone by.  Some might say he still is, but in any event he crops up all over the British landscape – including at the Tarr Steps, a famous clapper bridge over the river Barle, Somerset, in the Exmoor National Park.  Clapper bridges, river crossings of dry-stone

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Lulworth & Durdle

Lulworth & Durdle sounds like a law firm.  Commissioners for oaths; adversarial specialists; rip-off fees; incompetence guaranteed – that sort of thing.  I have known at least four firms that should have been called Bungle, Overcharge & Obfuscate. Anyway, close by the Dorset village of West Lulworth on England’s Jurassic south coast is Lulworth Cove. 

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The Vampire of Dent (and other stories)

Dent, Cumbria

You’ll find the small village of Dent, sometimes known locally as Dent Town, on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales.  This was once part of Yorkshire’s West Riding but is now inside the county of Cumbria.  The narrow roads through achingly beautiful Dentdale seem never-ending; it’s almost a relief to arrive amongst Dent’s old

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