Bannau Brycheiniog: Four Falls Trail

Nestled in the heart of waterfall country in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park is the Four Falls Trail, an 8.4km circular route that takes in four of the park's most impressive waterfalls. I first became aware of the trail a couple of weeks ago when my brother mentioned how incredible it was, and looking for... Continue Reading →

North Wales

With Wales out of lockdown (for the time being) and the north Wales-based I'm a Celebrity in full swing, it feels as though now may be as good a time as any to finally blog about my north Wales road trip that took place over the August bank holiday weekend in 2019. I wrote this... Continue Reading →

Carreg Cennen Castle

Of all the many castles I've visited (and let's face it, there've been a few!), the one I have the fondest memories of is Carreg Cennen. Perched atop an enormously tall limestone crag on the edge of the Brecon Beacons in south-west Wales, the castle is an impressive and unforgettable sight. I first remember visiting... Continue Reading →


With swathes of cool, misty tropical rainforest, known as cloud forest, and exceptional biodiversity, Monteverde is a great place for hiking and wildlife watching. Situated in the mountains in the north-west of Costa Rica, Monteverde has a much cooler climate than the area around Arenal and is home to a number of national parks that... Continue Reading →

Arenal Volcano National Park

Standing at 1,670m tall, it's impossible to miss Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica's largest active volcano. The enormous volcano dominates the surrounding area, which includes Costa Rica's largest lake, Lake Arenal, and the town of La Fortuna, which was my base for the next two days. The slumbering giant's been quiet these past few years, having... Continue Reading →


Keen for a pre-New Year stroll, we headed up to Crickhowell in mid Wales for a spot of shopping, light lunch and brisk walk in the crisp mountain air. Situated on the banks of the River Usk, this attractive market town is surrounded by the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, which makes it a great base from... Continue Reading →

Kakadu National Park

Ten years ago I travelled to Japan and Australia for the first time. Here's an article I wrote at the time about my trip to Australia's Kakadu National Park. It's still, all these years later, one of the most beautiful and most memorable places I've visited. Crocodile rocks A pair of beady eyes watched us,... Continue Reading →

Pen y Fan

I've long driven past Pen y Fan on the A470 and seen the queue of people snaking up the side of the mountain on sunny days, but I'd never attempted the climb myself. I decided it was about time to give it a go. Standing at 886m tall in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Pen... Continue Reading →

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