Following Boris Johnson’s decision to extend the last stage of lockdown, many of us are having to accept we’re just not going to get abroad this summer.
But where to holiday in Britain? If you’re a book lover, one solution might be to target somewhere associated with your favourite read. From the Lake District, where Beatrix Potter wrote her beloved Peter Rabbit books, to Dartmoor, where the hound of the Baskervilles roamed, to Poldark’s Cornwall to the medieval oaks of Macbeth’s Birnam Wood, there are scores of locations that could add a literary flavour to your trip.
Here are eight of the best.
Greenway House, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon
This was Agatha Christie’s dream house, her holiday home for 40 years. She described it as having “woods sweeping down to the Dart below, and a lot of fine shrubs and trees”. Not only that, but the gardens are full of woodland walks and boast a two-storey boathouse with a balcony, the setting for the murder in Dead Man’s Folly (1956). You may not find a corpse there today, but it may make you just a little bit nervous…
Manchester’s Landmark Poetry
Lemn Sissay’s “landmark poetry” can be found all over Manchester, from the wall above a café in Dilworth Street, to the pavement of Tib Street in the Northern Quarter. The poem Let There Be Peace adorns the atrium space of University Place and, perhaps most spectacularly, a “morning poem” forms part of a mural on a red-brick end-of-terrace in Old Trafford. It’s spectacular because the words are embellished by an owl, a peacock, a hummingbird and other birds, both exotic and local. If you thought Old Trafford was only about sport, think again.