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Rivington Pike, a Hill with a Past

Rivington Pike, a Hill with a Past

A short drive from Manchester, Rivington Pike sits at the most westerly point of Winter Hill on the West Pennine Moors. A popular walk throughout the year, this place has played a key part in the UK’s communication past. Think back to a time when the internet and phones and electricity didn’t exist. This made the whole keeping in contact and passing urgent messages like ‘we are under attack send help’

Dunham Massey: Top 5 Things to See and Do

Dunham Massey: Top 5 Things to See and Do

There’s plenty of things to do in Manchester but sometimes you just need to get out of the city only you need to inspiration. Well, that’s where I come in. A native Mancunian, let me show you some of my favourite local haunts to get your adventure juices going. Situated to the south of Manchester in the borough of Trafford but once part of the prestigious county of Cheshire lies Dunham Massey Park. Now a national trust site, the name…

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Heaton Park: Finding Adventure in your Backgarden

Heaton Park: Finding Adventure in your Backgarden

I can see for miles from here. In the distance, jutting up from the horizon are the sharp, spiky, silhouettes of the city skyscrapers. They are few and dot the horizon reminding me of the closeness of the city.

Wembley Stadium day trip: Train vs Car

Wembley Stadium day trip: Train vs Car

Wembley stadium, the home of the English football. While the most recent reincarnation is only 10 years old, there has been a stadium on that particular patch of ground since 1923. The original stadium was built as the centre piece of the British Empire Exhibition before becoming eventually becoming the English national football stadium. The famous twin towers which stood at the entrance and looked out over wembley way have iconic status around the world. It was therefore only only…

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Manchester: This is The Place

Manchester: This is The Place

Earlier this year some guy (because he doesn’t deserve to be known as anything else) blew himself up outside the Manchester arena and unfortunately killed 22 and seriously injured several others including children. The youngest of those killed was just 8 years old. What happened next seemed to shock the world.

Manchester: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Manchester: 7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know

Manchester. The Capital of the North. Home of the biggest football team in the world and producer of a wealth of musical and sporting talent. And my home town. I love this city, and yes I’m a teeny bit biased but I have not yet found another place like it. It has everything that London has (in my opinion) but with a whole heap of extra friendliness. Yes, it rains a bit – OK so maybe a lot – but…

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5 Reasons to Explore Robin Hood’s Bay

5 Reasons to Explore Robin Hood’s Bay

Down the coast from Whitby lies the less well known Robin Hood’s Bay. Built into the cliffside the old cottages and pubs line the route from beachside to cliff top, it’s one of the strange places where cars are not really welcome and the best way to access this idyllic spot is on foot.

7 Reasons to Visit Whitby

7 Reasons to Visit Whitby

The North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby is one of my favourite places to visit in the UK. A small fishing port with just 20-30 houses in the 15th century and a population of just 200, it’s now a popular seaside resort with a historic twist having hardly changed in last 100 years. From being an important producer of Alum in the 16th century Whitby began to grow in size expanding its talents to shipbuilding and later Whaling. It then…

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Whitby: Taking a Break by the Sea

Whitby: Taking a Break by the Sea

The last of the day’s light silhouettes the wispy clouds framing the lights of Whitby Town in the distance. Before me, flames attack the encroaching cold night air keeping it at bay a little longer, twirling, jumping, dancing in a mesmerising sequence. There is nowhere I would rather be right now.

Getting Stressed at the Lancashire Science Festival

Getting Stressed at the Lancashire Science Festival

Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum. Christmas has just come early for this little girl. Instantly her face lights up as only a child’s face does when something so ordinary and everyday is discovered for the very first time. Today that discovery is the sound of her own heartbeat, a gift I felt privileged to have given her. After proceeding to then listen to my own heartbeat as well as her parents she resentfully handed back the stethoscope before turning to discover the…

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