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Travel Ideas from Abigail Flanagan

Here are the Travel Ideas for Britain's Finest chosen by Contributing Editor, Abigail Flanagan.

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Abigail Flanagan

Abigail Flanagan

A journalist for some 25 years, Abigail cut her teeth on women’s magazines before swapping print for TV. Ending up at the BBC, she survived a long haul as a producer and director on ‘Watchdog’ with Anne Robinson, and a stint on ‘Animal Hospital’, both without being bitten. Now back freelancing, she focuses on travel, family and consumer issues, writing predominantly for The Guardian, Sainsbury's Magazine and takethefamily.com. Mum to a nearly teen, she has written extensively on family-friendly Britain, including The Guardian's "1001 things for kids to do". A keen rider and self-confessed "nature nut", she is usually accompanied on her travels by her long-suffering son. On the few occasions when she does leave him behind, it is invariably because she has escaped on a horse somewhere.

You don’t have to search hard to find a Cornish restaurant with a cracking sea view; but while many are worth the visit, a fair few dish up less than average grub at above average prices, relying solely on their setting to pull in the (never to return) holidaymaking crowds.... more

England’s largest county and, depending on who you listen to, apparently God’s own county, too; Yorkshire’s blessed with some of the UK’s finest countryside, and boasts no less than three National Parks (North York Moors; Yorkshire Dales and parts of the Peak District).... more

There’s no denying it, choosing the perfect getaway can be downright stressful. First you have to decide where to go… then there’s the whole hotel/self-catering/B&B dilemma to deal with. But what if you could just select a top-notch location and then take your pick of... more

Take the kids to a historic house? Are we insane? Far from it, for while there may well be stuffy stately homes where children are as welcome as the plague, a new breed of enlightened custodians are doing everything they can to entice families to visit. The best serve up a... more