A family run dairy farm set in rolling Somerset countryside with an incredible restaurant. Food is sourced from the farm and neighbouring land celebrating all that is fresh and local. A warm welcome, fair prices and food created with love.
I rediscovered this spot throughout my summer. I moved into Sandy Lane on Gower and inherited a dog named Sput, which needed walking every day. His favourite spot was the ten minute stretch from the Lane to the castle overlooking Three Cliffs Bay or 'Tub' as it's known to the locals. Every sunny evening we'd walk the stretch so Sput could chase rabbits and bounce around in the sand below the castle. It has the most beautiful views and rekindled my love with my country. There are very few places in the world that can make me feel so peaceful and perfectly happy. Even in the pouring rain, there is something mystical about this point that will stay with me forever.
2 Southgate Road Swansea, Southgate, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA3 2BT
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Not a gallery in the accepted sense, nevertheless a Georgian square in Edinburgh's New Town has been transformed into an outdoor gallery displaying amazing, giant sized natural history photographs. The exhibition is part of the city’s Science Festival and runs until May 1st. Many more people were admiring the work displayed in this setting than I’ve seen visiting more conventional galleries.
www.murallocator.org is a world-wide web of a gallery, to search out murals across the globe. Fascinating murals are on display from the Higgs Boson (ATLAS) detector, in Meyrin, Switzerland to Tupac Amaru Mural of Peru. Five are highlighted in London area, including the stunning Hackney Peace Carnival Mural located outside Dalston East Curve Garden. Dalston Lane is full of hustle, bustle where old and new buildings meet together and the perfect place for this Mural, unveiled by the late Tony Banks in 1985, depicting the Peace Carnival of 1983 and the many issues of the time.
Some wild reindeer make herds of up to 20,000 animals. Pop along to the Natural History Museum at Tring between 27-31 December to paint a reindeer or two to add to their Arctic mural. Will they manage to create a huge herd? It's a free activity for all ages, and you can get there by train easily - or there's a free car park. You can walk from the museum up to one of the highest points in the Chilterns - Ivinghoe Beacon - for spectacular panoramic views. Perfect to burn off the Christmas pud!
The Chesil Rectory is a beautiful restaurant in the lovely centre of Winchester. Although the prices put it in the "special occasion" category, the menu is incredibly well put together and the food tasty and locally sourced. The restaurant itself is in an old tudor building.
The White Cliffs in Dover are impressive! It's an easy walk of half an hour from the town centre up to the cliffs. There are loads of trails up there leading all along the coast. It's stunning standing on the white chalk cliffs looking down to the blue water breaking on the black, brown and white rocks. It's more than worth spending at least one whole day there.
There's an underground and a quite good bus network in Glasgow, but take a walk if you want to get the best impression of the city. It takes about an hour to walk from the Science Centre (outer west end) to Glasgow Cathedral (east end). See a few of my pictures here.
The Valley is a private working estate which grants access to all walkers and limited access for cars. It provides easy access to the Cheviot and surrounding peaks. You can easily reach the border fence with Scotland. There is lots of wildlife, from the feral goats, red deer and fox, through to a large variety of birds. There are also ancient hill forts from the Bronze Age to explore. Peace and tranquility are there for free.
Access is really only possible by car.There is no public transport to this remote valley.Car parking is available at the bottom of the Valley.
College Valley Estate, Hethpool Mill,Wooler, NE71 6DW.
Tel: 01668 281 611
Porthemmet beach is a stunning and beautiful natural wonder situated in the North of Cornwall. The view from Emmet Head, the headland, is one of golden sand, clear water and idyllic settings
Follow the signs north from the A30
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