Autumn in the Lake District

What a stunning place, especially in the Autumn, and even under the flat grey sky that you see in the UK so often. I’m spending a long weekend in the Lakes District in late October. It’s always hard to tell when the autumn colours are going to be at their peak, but they weren’t bad…

Puffin watching at Skomer Island

Where do you go in the UK if you want to see puffins? There are three well-known puffin colonies in the UK. Lunga, one of the Treshnish Isles, just off the Isle of Mull in Scotland, on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland, and on Skomer Island off the coast of Wales. And when…

A walk amongst the Bluebells at Ashridge Estate

One of the highlights of English spring time are the bluebells. First come the snow drops, later the daffodils and towards the end of April, beginning of May, come the bluebells. One of my favourite places to see bluebells is Dockey Woods, part of the Ashridge Estate, a National Trust property. Ashridge Estate is a…