Find out why history was made in a remote Cornish valley…… 

Inside Porthcurno the Cable Hut

Porthcurno may be a tiny place in the furthest reaches of Cornwall but it holds a very important place in history.  It was the busiest relay station in the world in 1920.  Porthcurno beach is also the place where 14 submarine telegraph cables came ashore at an 1870’s relay station. Did you know that now only 3% of data is fed around the world by satellite? The rest is sent in the blink of an eye by undersea cables. Porthcurno is set at the end of a Cornish valley […]

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A Mousehole teashop with one of the best Cornish sea views. 

A cream tea with a sea view, huge scones at the Rock Pool Cafe

When in Cornwall, it’s obligatory to have a cream tea or two and to that end we found a gorgeous quirky, shabby-chic cafe in Mousehole with a view to die for.  We’d noticed the cafe a couple of years ago on our previous holiday just as they were getting ready to open.  It looked shabby chic and quirky then, with it’s own definite style.  It looked just the same today with the cafe and garden area full, so it’s obviously a popular place. We had a wander around the […]

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Walking along the Brampton Valley Way, Northamptonshire

Which way to go..... Footpath Finger Post, Brampton Valley Way, Nothamptonshire

Another Sunday afternoon walk, walking along the Brampton Valley Way. We are lucky to have a disused railway line nearby, which has been turned into a linear Country Park.   The ‘Brampton Valley Way‘ runs from Northampton to Market Harborough along the old track-bed.  With a distance of 14 miles and two tunnels, it is easily covered by bicycle in a few hours and is popular with walkers and cyclists.  The many entrance/exits points, make a walk or bike ride as short or as long as you wish. As the path […]

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon Canal Walk around Whilton Locks.

What to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon?  What about an canal walk?  One of our favourite walks is a canal-side walk on a sunny day. Canals are fairly accessible at most road bridges onto the towpath below.  For this walk, we drove out to Whilton Locks, in Northamptonshire as we needed to visit the Chandlers shop based at the marina there.  We parked in one of the few off road parking spaces alongside the road. Access to the Chandler’s is via the marina access or by walking down […]

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A surprising location for The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, Southwark, London

Read about my visit to Southwark and a trip back in time to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, housed in a surprising London location. October 2016. I had a rare trip up to London on my own, meeting up with my aunt and uncle in St. Thomas’ Street, Southwark.  I took the tube direct from Euston to London Bridge station and took the exit on to St Thomas’ Street. You come out right underneath the Shard.  It’s one of the best place to take a photograph straight up […]

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Puffins and Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Last summer, we stayed in north Pembrokeshire near Fishguard, a beautiful area and we quite fell in love with it. The hills, grass pastures, the Preseli Mountains and beautiful coast walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast overlooking the blue/green sea. You stand a good chance of seeing porpoises, seals and dolphins while walking on the coast paths. We discovered last year that the best time to visit Skomer is in June and July when the puffins are breeding. So we put it in our diaries to visit during a gap in the GCSE exams this summer.

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Studland, Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Down

April 2016, We are beginning to explore Purbeck now the better weather has arrived.   We drop off one of our sons at a local South Coast university and duty done, we drive over to Studland via the wonderful Chain Ferry. On the drive down from the Midlands, we noticed that the further south we drove, the more yellow gorse we saw.  It always brings back memories of childhood holidays by the sea.  Once off the ferry, the gorse was abundantly yellow everywhere.

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