The Trundler Rides the Cambrian Line

The Trundler Rides the Cambrian Line Along the Cambrian coast by train from Barmouth to Cricieth There’s nothing better than a train ride along a beautiful stretch of coastline. The Trundler had often spotted the little greenish blue Arriva train tootling along its single track as she walked around Meirionnyedd. It had become a part of the scenery, and a … Read More

The Isles of Wonder

Sweet Somerset Nothing is quite as magical as the arrival of Spring in Britain, where despite the tragic election results, green leaves still burst through the buds and the landscape looks freshly painted in gleaming colours. Blue for Bluebells, bright pink for Red Campion, orange and yellow for the flecks on the Horse Chestnut flowers. Creamy white for the big … Read More

The Trundler sunbathes in Aberystwyth

Shwmae Sun, Sand and Sea This lively Edwardian seaside town is a highlight of the Ceredigion coast and feels like an old-fashioned resort mixed with a feisty, bold Welsh cultural centre. It’s a fun place to spend a few days, eating vegetarian or Spanish food, drinking in the friendly pubs and pacing the promenade, perhaps even riding on the cliff … Read More

Trundler Ian Weightman’s Guide to Vienna

The art of enjoying Vienna involves more than cake, coffee and Klimt There’s a side to Vienna we all expect to see: magnificent baroque buildings, Gustav Klimt paintings, and waiters in long aprons serving cups of coffee and slice of sachertorte in grand cafes. But Vienna has another side: one that’s filled with weekly new pop-ups of fashion, art, concept … Read More

A Trundler’s Guide to Sicily

Black and White and very Colourful. Trundler David Swift writes about Catania, often overlooked, but one of Sicily’s great delights Just what is it that makes Sicily so different, so appealing? I have just wandered out of the cavernous 18C palazzo where I am staying, and straight into a simple street cafe with a cabinet filled with warm pastries oozing … Read More

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