As a family we are fairly keen on cycling, but we are soft. We like short, flat rides in good weather. We prefer to cycle when we are on holiday and where there is no traffic. As a result we have researched a lot of cycle paths around the UK and a few in France and America. The Tarka Trail in north Devon ended up on my cycling wishlist some time ago. It’s a former railway line which mainly runs by the river Torridge. It’s a beautiful part of the country with some cafes here and there to break up…

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California is a favourite bucket-list destination, especially for us Brits. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit twice, but our family has never been to the south of the sunshine state. I dream of sunny days and desert vistas, but we like to explore and be active too. The resort of Palm Springs appeals to all our wishes. I have friends in the area who have told me lots about it. Tourists are well catered for with many activities and attractions, but also the dramatic desert would be a fun new experience for us. The Essence of Palm Springs A century…

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This is the classic view of West Tanfield, a charming village in North Yorkshire just a few miles north of Ripon. Lots of people have photographed or painted this view and it regularly appears in Yorkshire calendars. This week I finally took my own photo. I was surprised to discover just how much I had to dodge the traffic to get this picture. The bridge is reasonably wide but there is no pavement. Lorry drivers tutted at us as we squeezed ourselves against the wall, just at the spot where the road curves onto the bridge. If any driver had…

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We had a great time visiting New York City in the summer, staying in a hotel and spending a few days seeing the sights. Going to the USA on holiday is quite an expensive trip so we were looking for ways to save money and came up with these tips for family travelers. 1. Use the Hotel Fridge Book a hotel room with a little fridge. Summer in New York can be hot and buying drinks for the whole family every couple of hours really adds up. We bought a multi-pack in the supermarket and kept cool drinks handy in…

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I was recently asked where in the world is my favourite beach. Even though I’ve curled my toes in the white sands of Zanzibar, it is much closer to home at Llanddwyn bay that holds the greatest appeal for me. Llanddwyn Bay My top beach is on the island of Anglesey. My old OS map calls it Llanddwyn beach but you will more commonly see the name Newborough which is the name of the forest and village nearby. Thanks to the dominance of Google maps the name Newborough seems to be sticking for the beach now too. We have very…

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