A Tale of Three Countries

West Country Wonders In the woods of Somerset, bluebells grow thick and fast and rural life flourishes amidst the pretty cottages dripping with wisteria. These pastoral pleasures are heightened by the proximity to two of England’s best cities, Bristol and Bath. One is the setting for Jane Austen’s novels whose heroines frequent the elegant Pump Rooms. It’s most famed for … Read More

The Trundler Goes to St Ives

If the Trundler had to choose her favourite British seaside town of the many she loves, then St Ives would be the one. When she steps off that little train that skirts the coast from St Erth her heart does a dance and sometimes her feet follow. When the track curves to reveal the dinky harbour, the ice-cream yellow beaches and the … Read More

Escape British Christmas in Gran Canaria

  Dear Trundler, I am not a fan of the traditional Christmas festivities and would like to escape the cold and go somewhere they either celebrate in a different way or not at all. I don’t have a lot of money so please don’t suggest I go to Thailand or somewhere far flung. Thank you Susie   Dear Susie, I am not a … Read More

El Cabanyal, Valencia’s Maritime Treasure

How I Came to El Cabanyal On holiday in Valencia in November 2012, we decided to head for the beach, which feels separate from the main city, even though it’s very close and easy to reach.  You just take the Metro line number 5 to Maritim Serreria, where it ends. A tram then transports you down to Las Arenas, a long, … Read More

A Classy Short Break in Mallorca

The view from the ultra-stylish Hotel Tres  Style, Culture, Nature, Sunshine The Balearic Island of Mallorca is often associated with stag nights that bring shame to all who participate. Look a little further however and you’ll see a world of immense natural beauty, charm and style. The compact capital of Palma is an appealing base for Trundlers in search of … Read More

The Trundler in Spain

How Long? Three weeks. This allows you plenty of time, but it’s a flexible schedule. Rail and bus services are good throughout the country, so it’s easy to cut out a section of the trip. How Much? £1,200 to cover bed, board and transport. Spain is Top Trundler Territory A legendary coastline, exceptional cities and spectacular mountains make up this vivacious, captivating … Read More