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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 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.

Ten of the Best Self-Catering Properties in Yorkshire

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; Yor...

Ten of the best resorts with a range of accommodation

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 to...

Top Ten Family-Friendly Historic Houses

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...