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A bridge and autumnal colour at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

UK woodlands for autumn colour

While we might not to be able to compete with Fall in New England, this small isle of ours still likes to put on a show as the woods and forests begin the long slow decline into winter. Here are some of the top places in the country to drink in the autumn colour, from tiny golden woods to the vast fiery swathes of mixed forestry. I’ve even thrown in a few places that are a bit off the…

Horse riders heading towards camera

Horseback adventures in Wales with Freerein

Every now and then I think about jacking in the day job and heading off to live the life of an itinerant wanderer on horseback; spending my days criss-crossing the wild parts of country. It’s not the most practical dream at the moment, but luckily I was able try out being a vagabond on a smaller scale with Freerein, who have been offering both guided and self-guided rides through their patch of Wales since 1989.

Today Freerein’s network of trails…

Campbell Cottage near Coniston, Lake District

Places to stay: Campbell Cottage, Lake District

The New Zealand tourism board won’t thank me for saying this, but I reckon Peter Jackson could have saved a lot of time and effort by filming the Lord of the Rings in the Lake District. It really does have it all: cloud-scraping mountains, lush green valleys and a whole host of rivers, meres, tarns and waters. (Bassenthwaite is the only actual ‘lake’ in the Lake District. You’re welcome, pub quiz fans.)

The Lakes also happen to be one of…

Caving at Clearwell Caves

Wild adventures in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

When people talk about places for outdoor adventure in the UK, they tend to focus on the big hitters – The Lakes, Snowdonia, Dartmoor etc. However after spending a weekend in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with some of the lovely #OutdoorBloggers crew, I think it’s time that more people heard about the amazing adventure potential of this beautiful region. Here are just a few of the activities you can try.

Mountain Biking at Pedalabikeaway

Viewing Platform in Puzzlewood

Where to stay in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

‘Hidden gem’ is a pretty over-used phrase these days, but it definitely applies to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Not only are the acres of ancient forest and deep rushing rivers spectacularly beautiful, but the area is also full to the brim with places to explore and activities to try. What’s more, it’s only an hour’s drive from me – so after a quick zip down the M4 on a Friday afternoon, I soon found myself bowling…

Emily in Wistman's Wood, Dartmoor

Exploring the wilds of Dartmoor

If you’re in search of tiny picturesque villages, miles of rambling over open heathland and more local folklore than you can shake a stick at, then Dartmoor is the place to go.  I spent a week swimming in rivers, exploring the wild moors, and generally pretending I was in a gothic horror mystery novel.

Spoiler alert: at no point was I eaten by a giant hound.

We were staying at Budleigh Farm Cottages, just a two-minute drive or fifteen-minute stroll from…

Porthgwarra Cove

A Poldark Tour of Cornwall

As anyone who knows me could tell you, I love a bit of Poldark. Admittedly it’s a recent obsession: before last year I’d never read the books, but when the new BBC adaptation started my Sunday evenings soon became dominated by watching Ross Poldark gallop around on clifftops.

When I was little most of my family holidays were spent in Cornwall, so seeing the beautiful coastline, beaches and moorland on the screen gave me a real craving to go back….

Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Eight amazing adventures in Pembrokeshire

If you’ve never been to Pembrokeshire, you are definitely missing out. Tucked away in south-west Wales, it has the same sort of beautiful coastline and picturesque little towns as Cornwall, but minus the bustling crowds and sky-high prices. It also happens to be a great spot for a bit of A&E – which in this context means adventure and exploration. Although you never know once I get involved…

Stay:

The National…

Beach Riding with Nolton Stables, Pembrokeshire

Beach Riding, Pembrokeshire

According to Benjamin Disraeli, ‘a canter is a cure for all evils’. Fortunately I’m not plagued by that many evils at the moment, but I was still glad of a chance to blow away the cobwebs when I went beach riding in Pembrokeshire, courtesy of Nolton Stables (and especially Ace!)

It seems to have become a tradition that whenever I go on holiday, I will find somewhere to go horseback riding. Ok so it’s a slightly expensive tradition, but I…

Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye

The Misty Isle (of Skye)

The Norse apparently referred to it as Skuy, which translates as ‘Misty Isle’, and I am told that the reason for this is usually pretty obvious. Certainly when I arrived on the Isle of Skye the sun that I had basked in on the mainland suddenly disappeared, replaced by a sheet of thunderous grey that rolled overhead. I resigned myself to being soaked to the skin for the entire visit (not easy when I’d just spent a week in…