The Red Book

Our thoughts and ideas on how to live with a little more adventure in your life and make the most of the world around you.


Three days in Edinburgh with a dog

Three days in Edinburgh with a dog

Three glorious summer days in the beautiful and wonderfully dog-friendly city of Edinburgh. Here are my favourite places and travel tips.

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How to find a good country walk

How to find a good country walk

Walking in the country without a plan can be a haphazard affair but armed with the right maps and guides it's a more enjoyable experience.

Click through to see our favourite resources for finding the best walks in Britain.

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Why you should head north in November

Why you should head north in November

Why embracing autumn up north is the key to surviving winter down south.

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Why we love Repton's Red Books

Why we love Repton's Red Books

Our newsletter is called the Bleak House Red Book and for good reason. We aim to inspire you in the same way 18th Century designer Sir Humphry Repton did with his iconic Red Books.

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Glamping Essentials

Glamping Essentials

The advantage of glamping is that everything should be provided for your stay. But you'd be surprised how often there is something critical to life that is missing or not up to scratch.

Here are the things we always pack, just in case.

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Why every British holiday needs a Land Rover

Why every British holiday needs a Land Rover

Hiring a Land Rover Defender could be just the thing to supercharge the fun on your UK holiday and connect you to your surroundings in a way no other vehicle can.

Click through to read more and watch our short video.

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Middleton Lodge | North Yorkshire

Middleton Lodge | North Yorkshire

A bit of a secret gem, Middleton Lodge is the perfect dog-friendly place to stop for a night en route south from Scotland.

Forget motorway service stations, this is the most stylish pitstop anywhere on the A1(M).

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How To Fly Economy In Style

How To Fly Economy In Style

As much as we'd all like to travel business class all the time, for most of us it's only possible if someone else is paying.

Read our tips for channelling a little business class style in cattle class.

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How to eat your way up Manhattan

How to eat your way up Manhattan

Manhattan is an eminently walkable city and it's one of the best ways to fall in love with New York all over again.

Here is one of our favourite walks, from Tribeca to the Upper East Side, and where to eat along the way.

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Why your next holiday should be on a narrowboat

Why your next holiday should be on a narrowboat

The British waterways are a hidden gem. Find out why we think a narrow boat holiday is the perfect way to have a proper adventure with your family and a chance to do something a little different this summer.

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The Bell at Sapperton | Cotswolds

The Bell at Sapperton | Cotswolds


A pretty, cosy pub in an unspoilt village where people arrive for Sunday lunch on horseback.

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The Wheatsheaf | Cotswolds

The Wheatsheaf | Cotswolds

The Wheatsheaf is perfectly placed to provide an escape from the city for a night or two.

It is super-dog friendly, has great food and a perfect pub interior with just the right amount of rustic charm. 

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