Grotto Spinney

Boughton, Northamptonshire. On a ridge of rolling hills deep in the Northamptonshire countryside sits a strange spinney (small cluster of trees). Too round to be natural, too wild to be tended, it crowns the fields of oilseed rape, of waving wheat and black-faced sheep. A footpath leads down from Butchers Lane, in the bucolic village Boughton, long…

Carlton Towers

There’s a scene in Pride & Prejudice where Elizabeth Bennet has been touring the Peaks with her aunt and uncle, visiting the grand stately homes in the area. She’s unsure about the largest of all. Supposing she were to bump into Mr Darcy? Her relatives persuade her the family will be away; only the staff…