A very British (recycled) tourist attraction

Portmeirion © Simon Whaley

“Cherish the past, adorn the present, construct for the future,” is what Clough Williams-Ellis said when he spoke about his precious Portmeirion. It’s a truly magical village of varied architecture nestling on the Welsh coastline near Porthmadog, Gwynedd. And its trademark brightly coloured buildings make Portmeirion a delight to visit…

The Revd Donald E. Carr: Shropshire’s Miracle Man

Church Stretton, or “Little Switzerland” as it is known — scene of the Revd. Donald…

CCrossing Shropshire’s whale-backed Long Mynd in winter can be dangerous. In the late 19th century, it was common for people to die on the hill in bad, wintry weather, particularly drovers taking livestock to markets. Some valleys, known as batches or hollows in this seven-mile long mound, refer to such…

Touring Herefordshire’s Black and White Trail

Timber-framed cottages in Herefordshire © Simon Whaley

The north-west corner of Herefordshire is colourfully black and white. Here, villages have everything a traditional English village should have: beautiful location, a country pub or two, an historic church, and the chocolate box charm of timber-framed cottages nestling like calorific creations in a luxury selection box.

Although the black…

Three authors share how they use promotional email newsletter services to boost their writing business

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Launched in January 2012, BookBub is the premier promotional email newsletter service offering bargain books to their millions of subscribers. For many self-published authors, getting a BookBub promotion, or deal as it is sometimes known, can send their book to the top of the charts, boosting sales by thousands, if…

Lens cap © Simon Whaley

My thank you to a mystery photographer.

It might have been 8 am on a cold December morning in the Lake District, but I was not alone. Over two dozen other photographers were capturing daybreak over Castlerigg Stone Circle.

I spent thirty minutes snapping a red sky radiating from the east. But when I came to leave…

Simon Whaley

Bestselling author, writer and photographer. UK travel writer. Walker. BBC WeatherWatcher. Blessed to live in the glorious Welsh Borders. www.simonwhaley.co.uk

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