Away from the desk

Believe it or not, I do sometimes leave the office and head out into the world. On these pages, I’ll be posting pictures of the places I’ve been – often in Yorkshire, where I’ll be celebrating the beautiful and varied landscape, the people, the food, and anything else that makes Yorkshire so special. I’ll also be alerting you to locations of my books, places I’ve been inspired by, and places where I’ve been in order to research my stories. On rare occasions, I have been known to cross the border and head to other counties, and I’ve even taken photos of those foreign lands known as #NotYorkshire. 🙂  Enjoy x

Such a cutie. Wasn’t shy at all!
Goathland on the North York Moors. *INSPIRATION* Goathland is one of the villages that inspired me when I created Bramblewick.
Sheep wander freely around Goathland – I love them!
Mummy and baby in Goathland, May 2018
How beautiful is this scene? Whitby May 2018
You can’t beat fresh fish and chips in Whitby!
A sunny spring afternoon in Masham
St Augustine’s Church, Hedon, East Yorkshire
The Humber Bridge north towers
The Humber Bridge and old chalk mill, Hessle.
The Humber Bridge and Humber.
Across the Humber to Lincolnshire
Looking towards North Ferriby from Hessle, East Yorkshire
Entrance to Hull’s Museum Quarter, Old Town
One of Philip Larkin’s “Toads”
Philip Larkin greets visitors to Hull at the train station
Hull hero. William Wilberforce at the entrance to Hull’s Wilberforce House.
The church at Masham, North Yorkshire. This is the only place in the world where I always head to the churchyard when I visit! It’s so beautiful and peaceful here. Look at all those snowdrops. You can sit on a bench, and admire the view of rolling hills, fields of sheep, even a paddock with horses sometimes. It’s the perfect place to think, dream, imagine and reflect …


Snowdrops and crocuses in Masham churchyard.
A cold, crisp day in early February. Masham, North Yorkshire.
The view from Masham churchyard.
St Mary’s church, on the cliff top at Whitby
Caedmon’s Cross.
Stunning view from the 199 steps
*LOCATION*! The 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey were mentioned in A Kiss from a Rose.
View from the 199 steps
Church Street, towards the steps up to the Abbey.
The market place, off Whitby’s Church Street
View from the Abbey path
View of Whitby from the Abbey path
Path from the Abbey, Whitby.







Whitby Abbey, October 2017
Blue skies on the moors above Goathland
B2 Moors above Goathland
INSPIRATION! The village of Goathland was one of the locations that helped me create Bramblewick
B1 Yorkshire Moors just outside Goathland
The Yorkshire Moors in October
Cornish pasty eaten in Cornwall
Doc Martin’s house, Port Isaac, Cornwall
Looe Beach
Port Isaac, North Cornwall
Beautiful Polperro – one of my favourite places
Where else do you eat a Cornish cream tea? Cornwall!
Boscastle, Cornwall
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INSPIRATION! Rievaulx Abbey is how I picture the ruined abbey at Kirkby Skimmer in the Skimmerdale series.
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Beautiful ruins of Rievaulx
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New friends at Rievaulx
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Middleham Castle, Yorkshire Dales
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Middleham Castle views
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Royal connections!
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Middleham Castle
the reading room
INSPIRATION! This room is the inspiration for the reading room at Kearton Hall in Once Upon a Long Ago, where Will and Nat have their confronation.
the library
The Library, Burton Agnes Hall ~ aka Kearton Hall
INSPIRATION! Thwaite, Swaledale – Swaledale is the inspiration for Skimmerdale, and Thwaite became Beckthwaite
View of Scarborough Castle
Sunny Scarborough, April 2018
RESEARCH! I visited the grave of Anne Bronte and saw this stone laid by the Bronte Society when I was researching Once Upon a Long Ago
Anne Bronte’s grave, Scarborough, which is mentioned in Once Upon a Long Ago
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RESEARCH! Bronte Parsonage, Howarth. A must-visit when I was writing Resisting Mr Rochester!
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Branwell Bronte’s Bedroom
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Bronte exhibits
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Bronte Parsonage
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Prop from To Walk Invisible
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Bronte Parsonage
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
the church in Glastonbury
The tower at the top of Glastonbury Tor
From the top of the Tor
I climbed the Tor!
Me at Cheddar Gorge
Beautiful view of Glastonbury Tor through the mist
Salisbury Cathedral
Inside Salisbury Cathedral
A snack for a rainy day in Weston Super Mare
Weston-Super-Mare pier
Making friends at Noah’s Ark Zoo, Somerset
Exhibition at Stonehenge
Glastonbury Tor taken from the window of our holiday cottage
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INSPIRATION! Helmsley, which is featured as Helmston in the Kearton Bay/Moorland Heroes/Bramblewick books.
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Norfolk Broads
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Filey sands
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Filey beach
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Near Filey, North Yorkshire
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Pancakes in Market Weighton
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Giant Bradley, Market Weighton
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UK City of Culture 2017
At Malmaison, Leeds
Yorkshire tea in Leeds
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At Knaresborough Castle
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LOCATION! Knaresborough is mentioned in There Must Be an Angel as it’s Eliza’s and Joe’s home town. View from Knaresborough Castle
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Knaresborough Castle grounds
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boats in Knaresborough
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Beautiful Knaresborough
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Yorkshire tea in Masham
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Making a new friend in Masham
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Masham Marketplace
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A day out in Masham
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At Mount Grace Priory
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Mount Grace Priory
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Mount Grace Priory
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Mount Grace Priory
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Me and DH at Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton
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Richmond Castle
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View from Richmond Castle
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INSPIRATION! Richmond Castle entrance. Richmond is one of the inspirations for Kirkby Skimmer in the Skimmerdale novels.
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INSPIRATION! Robin Hood’s Bay ~ or, as I like to think of it, Kearton Bay. 🙂
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INSPIRATION! Robin Hood’s Bay, looking towards what became The Kearton Arms in the Kearton Bay series.
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Sea view Robin Hood’s Bay
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Robin Hood’s Bay landscape
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Robin Hood’s Bay
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INSPIRATION! This lovely waterside walk in Robin Hood’s Bay became Water’s Edge in the Kearton Bay books.
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Robin Hood’s Bay
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INSPIRATION! Beach at Robin Hood’s Bay. This is where I visualised Eddie taking his donkeys to give rides on the sands in the Kearton Bay books.
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Wide sands of Robin Hood’s Bay
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Swanland, East Yorkshire
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Thatched cottage, Thornton-le-Dale
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York Castle (Clifford’s Tower)
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York Castle Museum
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INSPIRATION! York’s sweet history. The confectionery producers of York inspired me to write about Carroll’s Confectionary in Saving Mr Scrooge. So much chocolate!
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The Doctor gets everywhere!
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Street scene, York Castle Museum
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Street Scene at YCM
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Back to the sixties, YCM
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Dick Turpin in his cell at YCM
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Flashback to the Seventies
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My sister had a doll’s house like this!
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INSPIRATION! Reading about the Yorkshire company, Art of Mallow, inspired me to create Mallow Magic in the Kearton Bay books.
Scarborough view
Scarborough Castle
RESEARCH! I visited Scarborough Castle and learned about the Civil War and what part this castle played in the conflict, when I was writing Once Upon a Long Ago.
Scarborough Castle, which features in Once Upon a Long Ago
LOCATION! This is Scarborough Castle. In Once Upon a Long Ago, Will takes Lexi here to show her where his ancestor was killed during the Civil War.
View from Scarborough Castle
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Boats in Scarborough. Great name! 🙂