People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

High above the Severn Valley at the top of Frocester Hill, where you can look west across to the Severn estuary and the hills of the Forest of Dean, is a small-ish structure made of stone, soil piled up around it. The stones form an entrance behind which are three chambers. This is Nympsfield long … Continue reading People, pigs and picnics: Nympsfield Long Barrow, Gloucestershire

In Photos: St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay, Cornwall

Heading along the road towards Marazion, Cornwall, from the A30 affords the first view of St Michael's Mount. The huddle of buildings on the top of the island makes it look bigger than it perhaps is, but it's the obvious focal point of Mount's Bay. I visited a while ago with my family taking photos … Continue reading In Photos: St Michael’s Mount and Mount’s Bay, Cornwall

Venta Silurum: a Roman town at Caerwent, Monmouthshire

It would be easy to miss Caerwent, a small village in South Wales. You might glance up as you drive by the Northgate House Bed and Breakfast, see the vestiges of a stone arch in the garden and think nothing of it. Off you’d go, none the wiser. But that would be a shame because … Continue reading Venta Silurum: a Roman town at Caerwent, Monmouthshire

Hidden stories: the amazing life of a Budleigh Salterton pebble

Who doesn't love a pebble? Find one on a beach and it's hard to resist throwing it in the water, especially the flat, thin ones ideal for skimming. What I've rarely thought about, though, is how that piece of stone happened to end up there, nicely smoothed and rounded on the beach. So this post … Continue reading Hidden stories: the amazing life of a Budleigh Salterton pebble