CENTRAL and NORTHERN ENGLAND: What makes central and north England so great for touring is that its landscapes are varied enough to give you a little of everything. Add to this a rich mix of industrial and heritage sites, villages seemingly untouched by time, accommodation in grand estates and ancient inns and you have some of the very best of England.

Buxton was once a very grand spa

Holy Island, an early Christian stronghold

Meandering in Merseyside

Peak District Park is an English medley

My War as an evacuee in Derbyshire

Do China in a day in Stoke-on-Trent

Whitby , home to seagoing hero and vampire's hunting ground

A walk in York wakes the past

Birmingham as jeweler to the world

Blenheim, the finest view in England

No place like home when it's Chatsworth

Cockford Hall a very special place to stay

New Hall, England's oldest moated house is an hotel

steeped in history and ghost tales

Visiting Beatrice Potter's Peter Rabbit in the Lake District