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Firth of Flowers

Check out the April issue of BBC Countryfile magazine for my Firth of Flowers piece in their Great Days Out section.

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The world of writing is a bit like busses. Nothing for a ages and then three things come along all at once. Or sometimes four.

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Top Six Literary Lodgings

Fancy sleeping where your favourite writer lived, worked or holidayed? Simon Whaley suggests six of the UK’s best literary stays.

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Strictly Come Lekking

BBC Countryfile magazine - May 2016


Witness early morning dance contestants compete for the avian equivalent of the Glitter Ball Trophy in the black grouse lek, says Simon Whaley.

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The Spectre of Kington

The Spectre of Kington - BBC Countryfile - October 2015

The Spectre of Kington – BBC Countryfile – October 2015

Follow in the footsteps of the mysterious Black Vaughan, a shape-shifting spectre who may have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, says Simon Whaley… Continue reading

It’s April – Time for the Black and White Trail!

Black and White Trail - BBC Countryfile - April 2015


As flowers blossom along the route, take a drive through black-and0white clad villages in a tour of architectural history, with Simon Whaley. 


The heart of an oak tree is almost as hard as iron, making it the ideal house-building material. Herefordshire’s 40-mile Black and White Trail is the perfect opportunity to see a forest of these traditional timber-framed buildings, and with daffodils, flowering magnolias and the first sight of the county’s blossoming orchards, this Black and White Trail is anything but monochrome.

Timber-framed buildings are constructed in a way that if you could pick them up and turn them upside down they would remain intact. At the tour’s start in Leominster, the intricately-carved timber Grade II listed Grange Court may not have been picked up like this, but it was moved from its town centre location and, in 1859, rebuilt beside the Priory Church.  Continue reading

The Stiperstones

Stiperstones was published in BBC Countryfile

Stiperstones was published in BBC Countryfile

Experience the drama of this wild and atmospheric Welsh Border landscape that attracts the Devil, Wild Edric’s ghost and lightning! Continue reading

Explore Turner’s World

Explore Turner's World - published in BBC Countryfile magazine

Explore Turner’s World – published in BBC Countryfile magazine

Step back in time to roam beautiful ruins immortalised two centuries ago by the great Romantic painter JMW Turner. Continue reading

Launch into 2014 … on foot!

If 2014 is the year you plan to explore the great British countryside on foot, then you need …

… this: BBC Countryfile magazine’s Great British Walks – Your 2014 Guide.

BBC Countryfile Great British Walks 2014


Packed with 75 routes across the UK covering coasts, hills, rivers, villages, lakes and woods there’s something for everyone … including my walk exploring the Worcestershire town of Tenbury Wells.


Conquer Caerleon

Published in BBC Countryfile magazine

Published in BBC Countryfile magazine

Explore the extensive remains of one of the most important Roman military sites in Europe …

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