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Travel Ideas from Dinah Hatch

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

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Dinah Hatch

Dinah Hatch

Dinah Hatch is a travel journalist and guidebook writer. She has reported from destinations across the world for the likes of The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Express and The Sun but since the arrival of her two children has become more interested in British travel and re-discovering the delights of the country she was born and raised in. She has since written three guidebooks for US guidebook giant Frommers; England With Your Family, Scotland With Your Family and Britain For Free. She almost always travels with her two children, aged 7 and 5, who are also her unwitting guinea pigs - and never slow to pass comment on the merits of an attraction!

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