Epilogue: Kirkstone and Windermere

Until I was around 18 and leaving home for Uni, I had never really slept for any length of time in an urban or semi urban environment. The orange glow of a sodium street light and ambient light pollution, wasn’t something I’d had to endure too often. But for the past 20 years or so, […]

Gordale Scar to Grasmere

As a parent, and a weekday City drone, the chance to go turn in early and sleep in hotel-grade comfort as long as you want is a dream, so lusted after as to almost usurp the traditional bedtime longings. And yet, given the opportunity, I often find myself awake early, annoyingly refreshed. So it was […]

Holbeck Ghyll

One of the if not glaring omissions of The Trip is that, with the exception of episode 6, The Angel at Hetton, they don’t do breakfast. Or that if they do it isn’t seen or mentioned. Not so on our version. The delicious breakfast at Greta Hall kept coming. Pancakes, kippers, eggs, salmon, fruit salad […]

The Trip: setting off

I suppose the idea began the first time I saw The Trip, inasmuch as it started from an idle thought  along the lines of “I’d like to do that one day”. The first time I saw it was on its first airing in the UK, on BBC2, back in the autumn of 2010. Life was different […]