Go slow

What happened to the England Coast Path? The first section opened in Dorset in 2012, but at the current rate full public access to all of England’s coast is unlikely to happen any time soon. Over the summer I’ve been working on a report for Ramblers that looks at what a path could be doing […]

Waterfall chasing

You don’t have to run very fast to catch them around Pontneddfechan – there are dozens of the things. I really enjoyed my day there recently as a guest of Fforest Fawr Geopark. You can see Tom Bailey’s great pictures and read about our day in the June Country Walking – there’s a preview here.

Wild year

Spring has finally arrived and I’m just getting to work on my book about the wildlife of Wales for Graffeg. It’s going to mean a year of visits to some of Wales’ wildest places to capture a sense of what they’re like as the seaons change. Some time over the next week or so we’re […]

Close to home

I’m busy at the moment walking Ceredigion’s ups and downs for a guidebook, which will be published this time next year by Pocket Mountains. Ceredigion isn’t home, but it’s close to it – the border’s about a mile from where I live. It feels very familiar, but having to come up with 40 routes means […]

Best walk?

My favourite for the moment, anyway. It’s the Kerry Ridgeway, a day’s worth of walking where you’re nearly always above the 1,000ft contour. It takes you from Wales into England (or England to Wales, if you’d rather); read about it in the latest edition of Walk. Warning: Pictures of me.

Gone glossy

At last I’m a columnist for a glossy magazine… Well, to be honest I’ve been writing my weekly wildlife column for Garden News since the end of the 1990s, but until this week it was published in newspaper format. Now it’s gone full colour and glossy but is, I think, even better than ever.

Write stuff

It’s great when something you’ve written makes some sort of difference or strikes a chord with someone. So, I’m delighted that one of my wildlife features has been selected for “an anthology of the best writing about the countryside from the pages of The Daily Telegraph“. The book The Hedgerows Heaped with May has been […]

Here comes summer?

When I was writing about Tenby for BBC Countryfile magazine six weeks or so ago the sun was shining and it was a great excuse to spend a day out checking out the town’s ice cream parlours. Research is a serious business. Now the latest edition is in the shops with my article in it, […]

A green holiday

Isn’t it a bit of a contradiction in terms? Most holiday options come with a yeti-sized carbon footprint, so the deep green choice is probably just to stay at home. But Wales does offer plenty of good options that strive to be greener.

Travel writing

I find that family life and travel writing aren’t a good mix, so these days I ration myself to no more than two or three trips a year. It does sometimes make for pain when you have to turn down tempting offers when they come in. On Sunday I’m off to Jersey to do some […]