Monday, 18 April 2011
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Friday, 11 February 2011
Kent - Leeds Castle. Yes, Leeds Castle is in Kent! A magnificent castle surrounded by a lake and woodland walks, filled with daffodils in spring. Goldeneye Cycling Country Lanes Guides to Kent will help you find the best route to this historic site.
Sussex - Hever Castle. Cycle down country lanes with the Goldeneye Cycling Country Lanes map to Sussex on your handlebars to discover the castle where Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn. Cross the drawbridge to read his love letter to Anne and see the wax tableaux of the Boleyn family.
Cheshire - Lyme Park. For mountain biking romantics - take out your Goldeneye Peak District Cycling Country Lanes map and head for magnificent Lyme Park, setting for the famous image of Darcy in his wet shirt coming face to face with Elizabeth Bennett in the TV version of Pride and Prejudice. Acres of sweeping moorland are grazed by ancient herds of red deer around the elegant country house.
Bath. The streets and Assembly Rooms feature in several of Jane Austen's novels, particularly the budding romance between Catherine Morley and Henry Tilney in Northanger Abbey. Wander in their footsteps down Milsom Street, revel in the sense of history from the famous Roman thermal springs to golden Georgian terraces. Find out more in the Goldeneye Cotswold Guidebook....
Cockermouth - Wordsworth's House. Discover the house where one of the most famous romantic poets lived in Cumbria. The Goldeneye Guide to the Lake District will help you track down the Georgian townhouse and the beautiful garden which inspired many of his poems, especially The Prelude.
Cornwall. Almost any stretch of the Cornish coast will inspire romance, but don't forget the winding Helford River, setting for Daphne du Maurier's Frenchman's Creek, and the lush gardens of Trebah which flank it. The Goldeneye Cornwall Guidebook will also help you along the Cornish coastal path - stop off at the Barefoot Kitchen cafe for a hot chocolate or bowl of soup, perched on the clifftops near the tiny village of Gunwalloe on the Lizard.
Slad Valley, Gloucestershire. Cotswold Classic Walks by Goldeneye includes a circular walk through the beautiful Slad Valley, immortalised in Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. Unbeaten for rural romance among spectacular scenery.
Woolacombe, North Devon. Park on Marine Drive and follow the waymarked signs up Cooper's Hill and glory in the site of Putsborough Beach and Baggy Point. If you look back to your right, the growling tidal flows of Morte Race, off Morte Point, another spectacular and easy circular walk. Details to discovered in Goldeneye's Devon Guidebook, now reduced to £4.99 from £12.99 - see: www.goldeneyeguides.co.uk for details.
For the most romantic beautiful Valentines cards, check out www.carolinefrickercouture.com - and if your romantic walk or cycle leads to a proposal, the same site displays a stunning collection of wedding dresses by designer Caroline Fricker.
Monday, 7 February 2011
Friday, 4 February 2011
Herewith some images that will feature in my next publication, The Devon Guidebook, and also The North Devon Collection. Winter is often the best time for a certain type of photograph, and despite the desperate cold, in and outside my home, these images provide testament to my case. Enjoy. Soon you will be able to order them for your wall...The New Bridge, Barnstaple...Appledore from Instow Cricket Club...and The Groynes, Crow Point, Braunton.