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A quick march around York’s World War II and Cold War history

You’ve been mesmerised by the Minster, shuffled down the Shambles, and wandered around the walls … you may be forgiven for thinking that York’s history stopped sometime around the time of the Tudors. You’d be wrong. Andrew and I checked out five of York’s military museums to get under the skin of our city’s World […]

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How to spend a full day walking York city walls

This locals’ guide to York city walls features several hot spots that make this English city so special. Plus: I include some insider tips about the off-wall places you shouldn’t miss. You could walk the 3.4km around York city walls in an hour or so. But, take in sights and the occasional pub en-route, and that hour could […]

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day trip from York - Beningbrough Hall by bike

Day trip from York: Beningbrough Hall by bike

Beningbrough Hall makes a perfect day trip from York by bike. Here’s how to combine gentle exercise with a Georgian mansion, without ending up in a spin. Cycle Route 65 from York to Beningbrough Hall by bike The route from York to Beningbrough Hall forms part of National Cycle Route 65, which means loads of signposts […]

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Top Yorkshire events to get excited about in 2016

23 March 2016, I’m in the audience at an all-singing-all-dancing “Inspiring Yorkshire” event at York’s Barbican.  It’s purpose? To champion 2016 Yorkshire events and campaigns to promote tourism in God’s own county this year. What are those 2016 Yorkshire events, I hear you cry? And can I go to them? You can indeed! Here’s a flavour of what you’ve got to look forward to […]

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The sweeping bay around Kinbane Castle, Northern Ireland

How to visit Kinbane Castle, Northern Ireland

Kinbane Castle is full of drama. Its isolation. Its embattled remnants. Its surroundings. Kinbane stirred up a depth of emotion in me. Here’s the story why (keep reading to the end for practical tips of how to get there). The wind blustered all around as I simultaneously skipped and staggered up to the farthest point […]

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Case study: how volunteering can help change your career

Meet Mark. He changed his career in his late 40s through volunteering, and now works his dream job as a successful gardener for a stately home in Yorkshire, UK. This is his story of how he “turned a crap situation into a brilliant one”, and his top tips for how volunteering can help change your career. When […]

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Returning home to the UK: reflections

I can’t believe it. My month-long trip from Budapest to Athens is at an end. It’s been awesome. From the hospitality in Albania, to the Greeks who kept trying to overfeed me; from the architecture of Budapest to the “too cool for school” vibe of Zagreb. As I spend my first 24 hours after returning home […]

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