Hit the North

This deep-dive regional travel blog draws on my expertise as a destination expert, based in Chester. With the focus on UK staycations still prominent, I’ll be highlighting the most interesting new travel projects, the hidden-gem boltholes, and offering my expert-knowledge tips on what to do around the region I live in and know so well. Sign up to my new monthly newsletter from the bottom of the Home Page, or in the menu bar under Newsletter.

And expect new, offbeat and insider-secret travel news and tips from:

  • Chester and Cheshire
  • Liverpool and Manchester
  • North Wales and the wider area
  • The Lake District and Lancashire
  • Wider content exploring the North of England

How to explore the traditional seaside town of Criccieth in Wales

September 20, 2023

A trip to Criccieth, the old-school seaside town in North Wales, earlier in the summer. The assignment for the i Newspaper formed part of a summer series about classic British resorts. The story was published last weekend and outlines ideas for a weekend away by the seaside, including a visit… Read more

How to explore the newest part of the King Charles III England Coast Path near Liverpool

May 12, 2023

While the focus was on Eurovision this week, a little bit of history was made on another part of Merseyside. The opening of the Merseyside section of the King Charles III England Coast Path follows the recent renaming of the path for the Coronation. It leads from Southport [Southport prom… Read more

How to spend a weekend in football-loving Wrexham like a true A-list Hollywood star

May 5, 2023

Image: Telegraph Travel Amazing scenes in Wrexham this week. They inspired this feature about the Hollywood glamour of the formerly workaday town in Northeast Wales for Telegraph Travel. Here’s a taster of the article. The streets of the former industrial town in Northeast Wales were packed last night with fans… Read more

Why Shropshire is the place to be this spring for foodies and poetry lovers

April 26, 2023

A recent trip to Shropshire for Telegraph Travel reminded me how this lesser-visited region is a little gem for country walks and fine food. Read my guide to the region taking in Ludlow [pictured above, right] for its slow-food producers and Bishop Castle for a consultation at the Poetry Pharmacy… Read more

Jodrell Bank: travel content for the Boundless magazine centenary issue

March 23, 2023

Boundless is the magazine for nearly a quarter of a million members of Boundless, the travel, motoring and leisure club for the public sector. The latest issue celebrated the centenary of the organisation and I contributed some travel features, exploring sites of major events over the decades — now turned… Read more

Chester croquet: parenting blog content for Care for the Family

March 22, 2023

We had come to our local park for a hands-on class in the burgeoning sport of golf croquet, a faster, T20 cricket-style take on the traditional Association Croquet game. The key difference is that golf croquet has one stroke per turn and, when a hoop is scored, all players move… Read more

How to spend St Davids Day in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Britain’s smallest city

March 5, 2023

Something is stirring in Britain’s smallest city. Green stemmed and canary-yellow-hued, the daffodils are emerging in the grounds of St Davids Cathedral, the holy site founded by St David [see images above], known locally as Dewi Sant, as a sixth-century monastery. The daffodils herald the arrival of spring, releasing the… Read more

Why the Chester Mystery Plays should be on your cultural radar this summer

February 3, 2023

The Chester Mystery Plays return to Chester Cathedral this summer, the season coinciding with the Chester Heritage Festival. The production comprises a huge cast of professional and non-professional performers (pictured above), many volunteering for roles on stage, in the choir, or behind the scenes. I wrote a preview of the… Read more

Why boutique Shrewsbury should be on your UK-staycation radar this year

February 2, 2023

A winter weekend in Shrewsbury? No, really. My first assignment of the new year took me to the Shropshire market town for a UK staycation. The town is closely associated with the story of the naturalist Charles Darwen, Shrewsbury’s most famous son [pictured above]. It hosts an annual festival of natural… Read more