[mapsmarker marker=”9″] The East Lancashire Railway in Bury, north of Manchester, is probably the best preserved heritage railway in the UK. It runs vintage steam train services throughout the year and appeals to visitors of all ages. For many steam train excursions in the UK, the cost can be upwards…

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Despite the recent trouble in the west of Ukraine, life goes on in the bustling metropolis of Kiev. It is perfect for a quick stopover for a couple of days, with quirky bars, superb food and a vivid yet troubled history. The Ukrainian Orthodox church has flourished since the fall of…

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Last month I went on a brilliant hike through the Lake District. I had planned this for a quite a while, and to be honest I was getting cold feet when I looked at the dreary forecast for the weekend. Happily though, under glorious sunshine, I boarded the train from…

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The small city of Rzeszów (I still have no idea how to pronounce it – Che-sof I think!) lies to the east of the extremely popular city of Kraków. In May I was passing through on my way to Ukraine, as it’s small airport is served by Ryanair – hurrah! The border crossing is just…

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The Lake District, in northern England, is probably my favourite part of rural England. Green hills lead down to quaint old villages that line the pristine lakes. The main towns of the Lake District are well served by public transport, which is great news for those travelling on a budget…

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