Hugh Thomson

Alistair Moffat imagines St Cuthbert’s death, in the bleak midwinter, on a lonely, inhospitable island

Can’t anyone travel for fun any more?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

There was a time when travel writers would set off with a spring in their step: Coleridge knocking the bristles…

Norfolk may be flat, but it’s never boring

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Francis Pryor claims he would be a rich man if every person who told him that the Fens were ‘flat…

The murder of Thomas Becket in stained glass at Canterbury cathedral. Next year sees the 800th anniversary of the creation of Becket’s shrine and the revival of the old pilgrimage route from Southampton to Canterbury

Will the Pilgrims’ Way soon rival the Camino de Santiago?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

There are more than 100 cathedrals in England, Scotland and Wales of many different denominations (although I for one had…

‘Old Glory’ flowing through Natchez, Mississippi

Travel literature

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Jonathan Raban was largely responsible for changing the nature of travel writing. Back in the 1970s when he began, the…

The spring gentian’s ‘tongues of ocean blue’

Dying buddleias on railway lines are what excite the new nature writer

3 March 2018 9:00 am

A parliament of owls. A gaggle of geese. A convocation of eagles. But what is the generic term for the…

Reaping the whirlwind of climate change

11 November 2017 9:00 am

I spent part of the summer sailing around Ithaca and the Ionian Sea. It was a good reminder of how…

The uninhabited island of Fuday in the Sound of Barra, Outer Hebrides

Our islands’ story

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Britain has 6,000 islands. Not as many as Sweden’s 30,000 but quite enough to be going on with. Only 132…