I was born in Lancashire, forced myself to live in Yorkshire for a while, went to college in Dorset, spent 15 years in London and now live on the Cambridge/Norfolk border.

I’ve written two guidebooks to the Yorkshire Dales, and co-written guides to the Lake District, Dublin, and Inverness. I’ve also worked on many more guides to most parts of the UK and Ireland, including The Hidden Places of the Peak District and Derbyshire, The KeyGuide to Scotland, Impressions of the Cotswolds, The British Isles from the Air, Where to Go When: Great Britain and Ireland, and The Traveller’s Guide to London.

I’ve written about the Watercress Trail in Winchester, the Great British Pudding Club in the Cotswolds, a Toilet Walk around York, the Settle-Carlisle Railway Line, done a black cab tour around the trouble-spots of Belfast, sampled the curry houses on Leicester’s Golden Mile, gone walking with llamas in Norfolk, sampled the whisky distilleries on the Scottish islands of Orkney, Islay and Jura, done the Dad’s Army Trail in Thetford, and covered other subjects ranging from the outdoor sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy to Ulverston’s Laurel and Hardy Museum.

The UK and Ireland are never-ending sources of the most wonderful stories. Read some of my UK stories below: