Peak District
Authorized safety of England and Wales’ nationwide parks started with a regulation handed by the post-war Labour authorities that additionally created the NHS. The 1932 mass trespass at Kinder Scout within the Peak District helped deliver in regards to the 1949 Nationwide Parks Act, and two years later the upland space was designated Britain’s first nationwide park. It embraces 5 counties, receives 13.25 million guests a yr and is a walker’s Shangri-La. The huge moors and gritstone crags of the northern Darkish Peak are spectacular, however it’s the White Peak’s limestone dales and wooded gorges which might be most interesting for weekending households in spring.
Start in Bakewell – its well-known puddings are even tastier after a day’s adventures – and get your bearings on the customer centre in its 17th-century Outdated Market Corridor. Then make for Over Haddon, 10 minutes away by automobile or bus, to discover beautiful Lathkill Dale. Footpaths run beside the river, with cascades and deep blue swimming pools populated by little black-and-white short-tailed birds referred to as dippers.
Close by is stately Chatsworth Home (grownup £23, little one £14.50), open for February half-term after which absolutely open from 23 March, when there shall be banks of yellow daffodils across the lake. There’s a Little Explorers path to comply with round its 105 acres.
Drive on one other half-hour to the village of Castleton, with its ruined 11th-century Peveril Fortress and its caves. Take an underground boat trip via Speedwell Cavern (grownup £12, 5-15s £10), a centuries-old lead mine with a subterranean lake generally known as the Bottomless Pit. A joint ticket with close by Peak Cavern permits you to right into a cave referred to as the Satan’s Arse, which ought to attraction to most youngsters.
Diary date: 16-24 February Chatsworth’s petting farm (£6.50 grownup or little one) has a piratical theme this half-term, with tricornes and parrots, water blasting and galleon crusing. There are additionally tractor trailer rides and, for individuals who dare, the possibility to deal with snakes and spiders; extra delicate souls could be happier with the lambs, goats and guinea pigs.
Keep Hartington Corridor youth hostel (household rooms from £35) is a 17th-century manor with wooden panels and open fires, on the sting of fairly Hartington village within the south of the park.
South Downs

View in the direction of the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and Beachy Head. {Photograph}: Nickos/Getty Pictures
England’s latest nationwide park runs from St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester to the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters close to Eastbourne. In addition to the 100 miles of the South Downs Approach, there are many different nice walks right here. From the automobile park or bus cease on the web site of the traditional village of Exceat, there’s a selection of a 3½-mile stroll to the Seven Sisters cliffs, a seven-mile trek to Eastbourne or – the household favorite – a mild grassy stroll alongside the meandering river to rockpool-rich Cuckmere Haven.
Kite flyers make for Ditchling Beacon close to Brighton. This highest level in East Sussex has a traditional 360-degree view, encompassing the huge fields and farms of the weald and the glint of the ocean. In addition to kites, there are more likely to be vibrant paragliders launching from close by Satan’s Dyke and floating over the inexperienced slopes under. Stroll alongside South Downs Option to attain the dual Jack and Jill windmills a mile and a half away.
The following day, head west to the retro rides and craft workshops of Amberley Museum (grownup £13.60, 5-15s £8, open at half-term then from 6 March). It’s in an previous chalk quarry, with a narrow-gauge railway and classic open prime bus offering residing transport historical past, and a historic print store offers hands-on classes in communication.
Diary date: 16-24 February
The Sussex Puddle Leaping championships reward the largest, splashiest jumps, as recorded by Arundel Wetland Centre’s Splashometer (grownup £10.88, 4-16s £5.85).
Keep YHA South Downs close to Lewes is a transformed farmhouse with big backyard and a courtyard cafe (household rooms from £59). Or base your self in West Sussex at YHA Littlehampton on the revamped Fisherman’s Wharf, useful for the seaside and never removed from Arundel’s Fortress and Wetland Centre (household rooms from £49).
Brecon Beacons

Final yr’s Hay Pageant. {Photograph}: Jeff Morgan/Alamy
A hilly journey playground, the heathery Brecon Beacons supply walks and canal journeys, waterfalls, caves and a city filled with books. Kick off in Brecon itself on the park’s northern edge, choosing up picnic provides available in the market and ice-creams from Llanfaes Dairy, simply outdoors city.
Take a ship journey (from March) alongside the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal with Dragon Fly cruises (grownup £7.80, under-16 £4.50), crossing the River Usk on a 19th-century stone aqueduct. For walkers, brief Right down to the Sea household trails alongside the canal encourage children to have interaction with the realm’s industrial historical past. The primary one leads from Brecon to the previous waterside limekilns.
Head for the customer centre at Libanus, 10 minutes away, to get a small style of the massive landscapes: a 2½-mile waymarked stroll takes within the iron age hillfort at Twyn y Gaer, with mountain views. E book forward for stargazing occasions at Libanus, the place the Milky Approach is seen on clear nights; Darkish Sky Wales, which runs them, has a blow-up planetarium to ensure stars even when it’s cloudy.
The Dan-yr-Ogof present caves (grownup £15, 3-16s £12, 1 April-Three November) supply half a mile of underground passageways, the monumental Cathedral Cave and an opportunity to stroll behind a waterfall. There are additionally a whole bunch of big mannequin dinosaurs, a Shire Horse Centre and an Iron Age village.
Diary date: 23 Might-2 June E book forward for occasions at Hay Pageant (tickets from £5, some free tickets for college students) which brings world-class writers to the sting of the Brecons each Might, with a number of actions for youths of all ages.
Keep Brecon Beacons YHA is a transformed whitewashed Victorian farmhouse soth-west of Brecon within the coronary heart of the nationwide park, with en suite household rooms (from £45) and fabulous views of Pen y Fan – the Brecons’ highest peak at 886 metres.
Pembrokeshire Coast

Whitesands Bay seaside close to St David’s. {Photograph}: Daniel Valla FRPS//Alamy
The one devoted coastal park, surrounded on three sides by sea, Pembrokeshire was named 2018 vacation vacation spot of the yr by Countryfile. The rugged cliffs and sandy seashores are typically emptier and the nation lanes much less choked with vacation site visitors than honeypot locations like Cornwall.
The coast path provides spectacular hikes on headlands fringed with pink thrift. A mile-long taster round Lydstep has views of arches, coves and blowholes alongside the rocky coast to Skrinkle Haven. The grassy cliffs are filled with spring flowers and butterflies; under, 100 steps lead at low tide to the seaside, rock swimming pools and Lydstep Caverns.
Subsequent day, drive an hour north-west to Britain’s smallest metropolis – St Davids – and take a ship journey to Ramsey Island (grownup £26, 4-16s £14, underneath 4s £5, from February half-term, climate dependent). Look out for seals, porpoises and guillemots and, later within the yr, cute, ungainly puffins.
Over-eights can go coasteering with Celtic Quest (£45): rock hopping, cave crawling and cliff leaping in an action-packed however unpressured half-day. Winter moist fits, buoyancy aids and extra are provided.
Manorbier Fortress, a dramatic spoil on the close by cliffs, opens on the finish of March (adults £5.50, little one £3, household £15. Properly-kept Carew Fortress is open all yr and has a every day treasure hunt across the grounds (grownup £4.50, little one £3, household£12.50)
Diary dates: 25 February, 13 March, 15 April The Nationwide Belief is operating a Huge Seashore Clear Problem at Freshwater West on the above dates (litter-pickers supplied). There are sometimes nice surfers to observe too, (nationwide championships are held right here) and Harry Potter followers would possibly recognise the seaside from the Deathly Hallows movies.
Keep Most Pembrokeshire hostels open in March; for spectacular views and seal-spotting, guide properly forward to remain in YHA Poppit Sands (household room from £45) on the northern tip of the nationwide park. With gardens stretching to sandy seashores, you hardly have to go wherever else (which is useful because the automobile park is 10 minutes away). To be extra within the thick of issues, attempt YHA Manorbier, a former army base additionally overlooking the ocean (household rooms from £35).

Hadrian’s Wall seen from Winshield Crag. {Photograph}: Richard Nixon/Alamy
Upland streams, historical woods, hay meadows and blanket bogs sew collectively Northumberland’s patchwork of habitats in England’s most northerly nationwide park. Hadrian’s Wall, a Unesco world heritage web site, runs alongside the southern fringe of the park and the Sill Discovery Centre makes an excellent base for exploring, with interactive exhibition, household astronomy evenings, and a model new hostel (household rooms from £39) with the turrets and milecastles of Hadrian’s Wall marching throughout the horizon above you.
It’s a straightforward one-mile stroll from the hostel to the wall’s highest level at blustery Winshield Crags, the place children can fake to be a Roman soldier or invading Pict, Horrible Histories model. Or comply with a four-mile circuit by way of Sycamore Hole with its iconic lone tree. Head again for native beer and sticky toffee pudding on the Twice Brewed Inn close to Bardon Mill.
Close by Housesteads is Britain’s most full Roman fort, as soon as dwelling to a regiment of 800 troopers (grownup £7.80, 5-17s £4.70). Youngsters will get pleasure from dressing up as a legionary, laughing on the communal loos and operating across the huge open areas. The museum has Roman instruments, jewelry and weapons, and a winged statue of victory.
Spring is the time for recognizing crimson squirrels, earlier than the timber get too leafy. The beautiful three-mile wooded stroll to Hareshaw Linn waterfall, crossing six bridges, is a superb place to attempt – and likewise look out for woodpeckers and warblers among the many mossy timber and lichen-covered branches.
Diary date: 16 March Imaginative children (and their grown-up helpers) will love a morning or afternoon Legendary Beast Making exercise (£5pp) on the Sill Discovery Centre. The session begins with a wander via the timber for inspiration earlier than transferring on to portray and junk modelling.
Yorkshire Dales

Woodland lantern procession at Aysgarth Falls. {Photograph}: Stephen Garnett
Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales nationwide park covers greater than 800 lovely sq. miles of North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. Limestone crags and wooded slopes segue into wildflower meadows, drystone partitions and deep valleys.
For an introduction to life right here via the centuries, the Dales Countryside Museum (£4.80, under-16s free), within the previous railway station at Hawes, charts native historical past from bronze age spears and Viking jewelry to guide mines and steam trains.
Subsequent, head 20 minutes east to Aysgarth Falls, the place the woods are shiny with bluebells in April, a sequence of waterfalls cascade via the valley, and a brief, rewarding stroll results in views of 14th-century Bolton Fortress.
The following day, head 30 miles south to go underground at Stump Cross Caverns (grownup £8.50, 4-13s £4.95) close to Pately Bridge. This can be a limestone cave system you possibly can stroll via at your personal tempo and a household quiz (with prizes) includes discovering fairy doorways. E book forward on-line for an much more uncommon journey at The Forbidden Nook close to Coverham (grownup £12.50, 4-15s £10.50, from late March), an oddball labyrinth of tunnels, walkways and secret gardens.
Diary date: 20 February Wrap up heat and meet at Aysgarth Falls nationwide park centre at 5.30pm for a lantern-lit procession via the woods. For those who don’t have a lantern, simply deliver a torch. No have to guide (little one £3, grownup free), and there’s scorching chocolate and snacks for youths on the Coppice Café afterwards.
Keep YHA Grinton Lodge (household rooms from £25) is in wild, unspoilt Swaledale, 10 minutes’ stroll from Grinton village with its pleasant riverside Bridge Inn. (The Tan Hill, England’s highest pub, which additionally has rooms, is on the far finish of the valley.) The hostel is a castellated former looking lodge with a fireplace within the lounge and heated log cabins within the grounds.
New Forest

Woodland Journey Day
With its heaths and bogs, fields, farms and coast, the New Forest is a wealthy tapestry of habitats. Look out for bats and butterflies, deer and donkeys, and all six of the UK’s native snakes and lizards. There aren’t any mountains right here, although, so its wonderful terrain for biking. Rent bikes all yr spherical from Cycle Expertise (from £18.50 a day) by Brockenhurst station and head for the woods or seaside. For little legs, select a easy path via Blackwater arboretum, three miles away.
A brief drive (or 10-mile bike trip) away is the village of Beaulieu, with cows and ponies wandering the lanes and grazing by Hatchet pond. The Beaulieu Property (grownup from £19.50, 5-16s £9.50) has the Nationwide Motor Museum (1920s Sunbeams, record-breaking Bluebird Proteus and so forth), stately dwelling, ruined abbey, monorail rides and extra.
A brand new two-mile path runs from Beaulieu via riverside woods to Buckler’s Arduous, the place Nelson’s warships have been constructed. This village, with its waterside pub and picnic spots, additionally has a year-round maritime museum (grownup from £6.90, 5-16s £5.20).
Throughout the river, Exbury Gardens (grownup from £12.50, little one £4) is 100 years previous this yr and opens from 23 March. Youngsters can play disguise and search in a jungle of rhododendrons, watch the large carp within the maple-lined pond, and trip a miniature railway (£5 further).
Diary date: 21 April Households with children over eight can pack a picnic (plus marshmallows for toasting) and brush up their bushcraft among the many bracken and pine timber on a Woodland Journey Day (grownup £60, under-16s £25) on the Beaulieu Property. Contributors gentle a fireplace, construct a den, shoot a bow and discover excessive rope challenges.
Keep YHA New Forest (household rooms from £39) at Burley is a transformed nation home with bluebells within the backyard and heated tenting pods for 4, in addition to household rooms.
Lake District

Ullswater {Photograph}: Nick Harrison/Alamy
England’s largest nationwide park covers greater than 900 sq. miles, with no fewer than 16 lakes and attracts big numbers of holiday makers. To flee the crowds, start within the village of Glenridding by Ullswater. Catch a steamer throughout the lake to Aira Pressure waterfall, with its tree path, then stroll again alongside a three-mile stretch of the Ullswater Approach, via the woods the place William Wordsworth’s host of golden daffodils nonetheless dance every spring.
Then drive south to the huge waters of Windermere and name at Brockhole, the Lake District’s official customer centre, the place (at no cost) the youngsters can scramble underneath nets, race via tunnels and zip down wires. There are rowing boats or kayaks to lease (from £15 an hour) for a Swallows and Amazons journey among the many wooded islands. You’ll be able to lease bikes right here too and take them on Bowness ferry to Windermere’s quieter western shore.
Subsequent day, take the 555 bus to Keswick on considered one of Britain’s most lovely routes, operating for an hour by the shores of Windermere, Rydal Water, Grasmere and dreamy Thirlmere. Don’t miss do-it-yourself gelato at Casa Bella in Keswick, with 28 flavours from strawberry to honeycomb.
And a brand new attraction, the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Tales, opens on 23 March. The £20m improvement will home a group of 40 vessels and different displays, telling the story of boat constructing within the Lakes.
Keep The Lake District has some nice youth hostels, although they do get booked up shortly. YHA Keswick has clear, shiny household rooms (from £39), with the River Greta murmuring under their balconies.
Diary dates: 11 and 19 April Beatrix Potter is huge enterprise within the Lakes and the World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness (grownup £7.95, little one £3.95) holds common Outdated Brown Owl Days, with stay owls. There are additionally storytelling classes, crafts and Peter Rabbit tea events.
North York Moors

North Yorkshire Moors steam railway. {Photograph}: Alan Mather/Alamy
This big, wild expanse of heather-covered moorland and windswept coast feels historical and exhilarating. From magical steam prepare rides to starry evening skies, there’s loads for households to do. Scenes at Hogsmeade Station within the Harry Potter motion pictures have been filmed at Victorian Goathland station, on the North Yorkshire Moors steam railway (open February half-term, then from late March). Returns from Goathland to Grosmont price £13 grownup, £6.50 4-16s – much less when you stroll again alongside the river (enable two hours) with its woods and waterfalls. You don’t need to be Potterites to trip – you possibly can benefit from the Yorkshire surroundings and study science at Peter’s Railway Younger Engineer’s Centre.
Sustain the time-travel theme at Ryedale People Museum (grownup £8.25, 4-15s £7.25, open every day from 23 February) with its iron age spherical home, thatched cottages, and dealing forge.
On a sunny day, climb conical Roseberry Topping for high-quality views, stopping on the best way again on the Woolly Sheep cafe within the nationwide park centre in Danby, with journey playgrounds and a riverside sculpture path.
On a wet day, hop on a Coastliner bus – the route between Whitby and York was just lately voted Britain’s most scenic bus route. For the perfect moorland surroundings, trip to fairly Thornton-le-Dale and again.
Diary date: 15 February-Three March The North York Moors (together with the Dales, South Downs and Northumberland nationwide parks) is collaborating within the annual Darkish Skies Pageant, celebrating the perfect starry vistas in England with a programme of evening walks, bike rides and different experiences. On 28 February there’s a stargazing occasion (grownup £12, under-16s £8, 7-9pm) at Sutton Financial institution, an hour’s scenic sundown drive from Whitby, with a giant telescope for viewing distant galaxies and star clusters, and a planetarium too.
Keep The well-known YHA in Whitby (household rooms from £39) is in a 16th-century mansion constructed of golden stone, subsequent door to the ruined abbey (which company can go to at no cost). It overlooks Whitby harbour and the view that impressed Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Snowdon Mountain Railway. {Photograph}: Stuart Black//Robert Harding/Getty Pictures
Snowdon, Wales’s highest mountain, is the central landmark within the first nationwide park to open in Wales (established 1951). There are six strolling routes to the summit, or take the much less strenuous mountain railway from Llanberis. It opens mid-March and runs to Clogwyn, three-quarters of the best way up (grownup £17 return, 3-15s £11).
Vibrant Portmeirion (grownup £8, 5-15s free) near Porthmadog – reached on the narrow-gauge Welsh Highland Line from mid-February – is a jumble of eccentric buildings in pink, turquoise and ochre with a distinctly Mediterranean really feel, and subtropical gardens. The various steps imply it’s not pushchair-friendly, however older children will love operating all the way down to the seaside on the backside and getting misplaced within the woods.
Even brief walks on the Welsh coast are rewarding. South of Harlech, attempt a one-mile stretch from Pen-sarn station by the Artro river to Llandanwg, the place the church of St Tanwg sits among the many marram grass and wildflowers of the dunes. Close by, a brand new floating bridge results in the gray sandstone Harlech Fortress (household ticket £20), with towers on a crag above the ocean.
Then drive or take the prepare to sandy Barmouth and rent bikes from Birmingham Storage on Church Road. Cycle over the breathtaking Barmouth Bridge, a 152-year-old picket viaduct that spans the estuary, and comply with the extent Mawddach Path in the direction of Dolgellau.
Diary date: till 31 March The Centre for Different Expertise, close to Machynlleth on the sting of the park, is waiving its entry charges this winter. Youngsters can get quite a bit out of the interactive shows about renewable vitality, natural gardening and suchlike, in addition to having fun with the brand new quarry trails, play areas and open areas.
Keep Pen-y-Cross hostel (household rooms from £45) is on the foot of Snowdon and has simply had a million-pound refurb.

Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor’s highest level. {Photograph}: David Forster/Alamy Inventory Picture/Alamy Inventory Picture
This nationwide park’s mixture of coast and rugged moorland has loads to maintain households busy. Begin with a trip on the cliff railway at Lynton, a water-powered funicular climbing via a steep gorge to the clifftop (grownup £3.90 return, 4-13s £2.40). Then stroll a mile alongside the coast path to the spectacular Valley of the Rocks, with its castle-like cliffs.
Lunch on the harbourside Backside Ship Inn in fairly Porlock Weir and check out crabbing off the pier with bait purchased from seaside outlets. Different potentialities embrace sea kayaking (thick wetsuits and different gear supplied, £40pp) or tree climbing, archery and axe throwing on a half-day household exercise session with Exmoor Adventures (from £125 for as much as 5 individuals).
Subsequent day, climb Exmoor’s highest level, Dunkery Beacon. A transparent grassy monitor leads from the automobile park to panoramic summits half a mile away; Exmoor ponies roam the heather, buzzards wheel overhead and bronze age barrows crown the traditional sandstone slopes.
On chosen Sundays in March and April there are new lambs to satisfy at free Lambing talks held by the Nationwide Belief’s Horner Farm. Then discover the traditional timber of the encompassing Holnicote Property (free however parking cost) searching for reintroduced water voles. From April, the whitewashed heritage centre in Dulverton has, alongside its working mannequin railway, a brand new exhibition to rejoice 150 years of Richard Blackmore’s evocative Exmoor-based novel Lorna Doone (free).
Diary date: 17 April Haddon Hill Huge Journey is a day of bug-hunting, den-building, campfire-cooking for households among the many huge views and open skies of Haddon Hill within the south-west of the park (free, no reserving wanted).
Keep YHA Minehead, a mile from medieval Dunster with its dramatic ruined fortress, has en suite household rooms from £35. Riverside Exford Hostel, proper in the midst of the nationwide park, has non-public household rooms from £76.

Studying to mountaineering on Dartmoor
Arthur Conan Doyle loved Dartmoor’s prehistoric websites and wild moorland, inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles, printed from 1901. He stayed in Princetown, now the Dartmoor customer centre, which has Victorian garments to decorate up in. The park is ideal terrain for geocaching and letterboxing, which originated on Dartmoor.
Half an hour’s drive away, NT-owned Lydford Gorge (household from £25) has an adventurous fern-fringed stroll to the 30-metre Whitelady Waterfall and mossy Satan’s Cauldron. Look out for yellow-bellied gray wagtails close to the water. Child-friendly Cholwell Using Stables within the village of Mary Tavy provides rides on the moors for individuals who want horseback to toes (from £23 an hour). For extra animal magic, Pennywell Farm (£15/£13) throughout the moors close to Buckfastleigh has half-term leisure plus piglet cuddling, ferret racing and extra. The Jolly Roger in close by Bovey Tracey makes lifesize resin fashions of every thing from Egyptian gods to aliens for theme parks, movie producers and advert companies. Youngsters are fascinated by its surreal showroom, with haunted home and Disney sections, earlier than heading to Dwelling Farm café on the sting of the moors for a recent pasty or savoury cheese cream tea.
Diary date: 8-13 April Grapple with the granite on a three-hour rock journey session (£15pp, all ages) amid Dartmoor’s craggy tors with Princetown-based Crag 2 Mountain. It contains mountaineering, abseiling and “weaselling” although brief tunnels.
Keep Stone-built YHA Dartmoor, within the shadow of Bellever Tor, has a woodburning range and household rooms from £90. It sits amid miles of moorland with wild ponies. There are hostels close to Okehampton, too.
The Broads

Horsey windpump on the Norfolk Broads. {Photograph}: Alamy
Broad skies over wild marshes and lonely windmills amongst echoing fens: the Broads, made up largely of waterways, have a selected magnificence fairly completely different from different nationwide parks.
Start at How Hill, close to the village of Ludham, with a glance spherical Toad Gap Cottage Museum on the banks of the River Ant to learn the way 19th-century marshmen lived. Don’t miss the key backyard and native ice-creams. For a extra hands-on exercise, take a two-hour household crusing lesson at close by Hunter’s Yard on a classic picket keelboat (£79 for 4 individuals).
Subsequent day, drive to Beccles, city of light Georgian brickwork, with a brief path alongside the winding River Waveney and over the timeless marshes, the place sheep have grazed for 2 millennia and archaeologists have dug up tall, oak posts that after marked a route for Iron Age walkers.
Prepared for extra boating? Rent kayaks or two-person Canadian canoes to discover the backwaters (from £17 for a half day on the Waveney River Centre). If it’s raining, Nice Yarmouth is half an hour’s drive away and has one of many UK’s largest Sea Life Centres (grownup £16.95, 3-13s £14.95), with sharks, a walk-through underwater tunnel, stingrays, starfish, eels. The Wherry Line railway from Oulton Broad to Norwich prepare runs by shining waters and waving grass studded with windmills, grazing cows and lazily spinning generators (grownup £8.50, 5-15s £4.25 return).
Diary date: 16 March There’s a storytelling session and likelihood to deal with snakes and creepy crawlies on the Curious Critters day at BeWILDerwood woodland park (open Feb half time period, weekends in March and every day from 5 April; underneath 92cm free, 92-105cm £14.95, over 105cm £16.95), plus the massive climbing frames and treetop walkways to discover.
Keep There isn’t a YHA wherever close to the park, however Hidden Meadows eco-glamping web site (sleeps 6-8, from £240 for two nights) within the village of North Cove has safari tents (with big beds, heaters, a jug of wildflowers on the picket desk and a tin of do-it-yourself cake) set in 25 acres of stream-crossed meadow. There’s additionally a run of chickens by every tent, so you possibly can prepare dinner freshly-laid eggs for breakfast.

• Phoebe Taplin is a contract journalist and author; her newest guide, Stroll York, is out in March (Pitkin, £6)
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