• King Arthur Tintagel
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    Cornwall Part 2 – Myth & Magic, History & Legend in Tintagel and Padstow

    Day 2 of my Cornwall tour saw me indulging in some old areas of fascination. I had already spent the morning surrounded by magic and Witchcraft in Boscastle. Next I journeyed on to uncover the secrets of Tintagel castle before finishing my day in the traditional fishing village of Padstow.    Tintagel – I arrived in Tintagel around lunchtime and from first glance it looked much like the other villages I had passed through. Following the signposts to the castle, I soon discovered a high street full of unique and colourful shops, tea houses and pubs, many of which had linked their names to the Arthurian history of the area. For those of you…

  • Potions and powders
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    Cornwall Part 2 – Myth & Magic, History & Legend in Boscastle

    Day 2 of my Cornwall tour saw me indulging in some old areas of fascination. As a teen I loved all things supernatural and enjoyed learning of the facts behind the fiction. So I could not resist when I heard of a Museum of Witchcraft in North Cornwall, and so close to the historic Tintagel that was high on my holiday hit list. Through my ride to the quiet villages of the day, I took in views of the rolling hills and rugged coastal cliffs that Cornwall is known for, before descending down the winding road to my first stop of Boscastle.     Boscastle is the hallmark of a peaceful…

  • Jane's house at Chawton
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    Chawton: Jane’s World

    For years I have loved Jane Austen’s novels. I remember seeing BBC’s Pride and Prejudice for the first time and willing with my whole heart that Elizabeth and Darcy should love each other by the end. This began a love affair of my own with Jane Austen’s work that has lasted decades. The romance found in the stories she told are not found only in the characters but in the Georgian world that surrounded them as well. How could you not be entranced by a time so far from our own forward thinking future? With its horse-drawn carriages and society balls, tea-time and pastimes, scandals and marriages, parts of this world…

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    Cornwall Part 1 – Finding my feet in Newquay, Truro, Penzance and St Ives

    Join The Faraway Bug as we take a whistlestop tour of the UK’s Cornwall. This three part series focuses on a different area of the Cornish county in each part as we uncover tales of centuries past, try local delicacies and take in some outstanding sights of natural beauty. This is a place with a addictively soothing pace of life, and the longer you stay the more catching it is. Cornwall is a place that has long been a favourite holiday destination for Britons and overseas visitors alike, travel with The Faraway Bug as we find out why.   I arrived in Cornwall fresh from my London flight and stepped abroad…

  • Grommbridge Place
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    Groombridge Place

    Outdoor adventures await those who wander into the forest land at Groombridge Place. A favourite retreat of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Groombridge is the perfect mixture of formal gardens and myriad woodland paths, where visitors are given leave to explore the grounds. Both adults and children will find plenty to see and do at Groombridge and we easily spent a long afternoon happily uncovering the surprise attractions hidden among the manicured hedgerows of the gardens and the wild trees of the Enchanted Wood. Groombridge House is rich in its historical roots with the current house built in 1662. The house remains private but can be viewed from the formal gardens with…