This is a launch page for articles that tell you where to go and what to see—travel guides with a big dollop of history. There'll be a blog entry here for each one as it goes up.

Scotland's Lonely North

Broad views over empty moors and sea cliffs, a few villages, and a main highway that's a single lane wide—it's astonishing that such an empty region could survive in crowded Britain in the 21st century. But here it is.
SCO: Highland Region, Sutherland District, Northern Coast, Kyle of Tongue, Ben Loyal (Ben Laoghal), 2509' peak, View over Kyle of Tongue towards Ben Loyal, bathed in late afternoon sun breaking through storm clouds [Ask for #246.775.]

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Doctor Syn: The Romney Marsh of the Scarecrow!

Russell Thorndyke's 1915 blood-curdling penny dreadful Dr. Syn: The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh tells of a village vicar who rides as a smuggler disguised as a scarecrow — and is himself a pirate captain in hiding! He also tells of Romney Marsh, one of Kent's most unusual regions. Here's a picture of the pub Dr. Syn favored, from his rectory window. Yes, these are all real places.

ENG: South East Region, Kent, Romney Marsh, Romney Marsh Beaches, Dymchurch, The Ship Inn viewed across the village chuchyard -- locations associated with the fictional Dr. Syn [Ask for #256.514.]

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Rough moors topped by strange granite hoodoos, dangerous mires, and village lanes lined by thatched cottages and grand churches — this is Dartmoor, one of England's oddest and most beautiful corners.

ENG: South West Region, Devon, Dartmoor National Park, Dartmoor's Western Edge, Sheepstor, Horse grazing on tor [Ask for #106.036.]

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This busy fishing town terraces up Yorkshire's sea cliffs, with a ruinous abbey crowning the clifftop. Its history embraces a Dark Age synod, Viking attacks, Captain Cook, and Victorian jet.

ENG: Yorkshire & Humberside Region, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Coast, Whitby, West Pier, Houses bunch beneath cliffs at the mouth of the harbor [Ask for #270.161.]

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The Beers of Burton

For more than two centuries, "Burton" meant "beer" in the United Kingdom the way "Hollywood" means "movies" in the United States. Then, suddenly, it stopped. The surprise was akin to the Hollywood studios being bought out by European television stations and moved to Iowa. It was unimaginable — yet it had happened.

ENG: West Midlands Region, Staffordshire, The Trent Valley, Burton-on-Trent, Town Center, National Brewery Centre.  Red delivery wagon from the 19th c. [Ask for #270.041.]

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Lancashire's Panopticons

The Panopticons are a public art project meant to highlight both the grand moors and the industrial glory of rural Lancashire. All are impressive, and all give wide views — but over very different terrain.

ENG: The Northwest Region, Lancashire, The Pennines, Rossendale, Haslingden, The Halo Panopticon at sunset [Ask for #270.340.]

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The Sea Cliffs of Yorkshire

Over the millennia the North Sea has sliced off the eastern edge of the North York Moors as with a knife, exposing its hard rocky core for all to see—33 miles of continuous pinkish-tan cliffs never less than a hundred feet high and sometimes over 600 feet. Tiny villages shoe-horn into niches in the cliffs, their painted stone cottages terracing up stepped alleys.

ENG: Yorkshire & Humberside Region, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Coast, Sea Cliffs, Straithes, Fishing boats in creek. [Ask for #133.076.]

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