Busses

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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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…

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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