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Confessions of a tour leader: inside my Madagascar diary

‘There are three of them in the bathroom! One is spread-eagled across the sink!’

Sublime stays, safaris and gin samples: the Bradt outing to Exmoor

Exmoor is one of England’s smallest national parks, a soft landscape of rounded hills, splashed yellow from gorse and purple in the late summer when...

The joy of armchair travelling: our travel anthologies

The perfect antidote to help soothe your itchy feet.

The best wet-weather activities in Devon

Hilary Bradt gives her tips on what to do on a rainy day in Devon.

Paradise (soon to be) lost? Our quest to publish a guide to Socotra

Help to fund the first guidebook and save this special island.

A potted history of Bradt, Part Three

Hilary looks back at the 1980s – a decade of map deals, learned lessons and long nights creating guidebooks by hand.

A potted history of Bradt, Part Two

Hilary Bradt casts her mind back to the 1970s when we became ‘Real Publishers’.

A potted history of Bradt, Part One

How did a young adventurer happen to found what would become the world's leading independent guidebook publisher?

Getting outdoors in Exmoor

A melting pot of landscapes and history, Exmoor is ripe for outdoor exploration. 

The best hidden picnic spots on Exmoor

Whether you are looking for a bench with a view or a grassy meadow with a stream, you can find it on Exmoor.
Hilary Bradt, with her former husband George, self-published her first guidebook in 1974 during an extended journey through South America, thus founding Bradt Travel Guides. A backpacking guide to Africa followed. For the first 25 years she combined writing guide books and running the company with leading adventure and natural history tours to South America, Africa and Madagascar. Her in-depth knowledge of these places has brought her lecture engagements at the Royal Geographical Society, the Smithsonian Institution and on board expedition cruise ships, as well as numerous commissions for travel articles. She now lives in Devon, indulging her interest in sculpting as well as writing regular press articles and Bradt books. In 2008 she received an MBE for her contribution to the tourism industry; in 2009 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers, and in 2019 the Special Contribution Award at the Travel Media Awards. Follow her on @HilaryBradt or visit www.hilarybradt.com

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The best wet-weather activities in Devon

Hilary Bradt gives her tips on what to do on a rainy day in Devon.

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Bluebells in East Devon

Who can resist a lush carpet of bluebells? Here’s where to find them in East Devon.

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Seeing stars: a night-time visit to Exmoor International Dark Sky Reserve

Hilary Bradt goes stargazing with expert Seb Jay.

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An appetite for discomfort verging on the Gothic

Hilary Bradt talks to Dervla Murphy and Dervla’s daughter Rachel

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International Women’s Day – celebrating Dervla Murphy

Hilary Bradt celebrates IWD with this piece about her friend Dervla, who is being awarded the BGTW’s highest accolade

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What have we done?

Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, reflects on the pros, cons and ultimate ambiguity surrounding cultural tourism.

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A holiday in North Korea

So what was it actually like, being in the country generally defined as the most dangerous in the world? All I can say is that it confounded all expectations and I now see North Korea in a new light. 

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Women in Travel: a personal view from Hilary Bradt

Hilary Bradt to ponders the changes she’s seen over the past half century, not just in travel, but in the way women are seen and see themselves.

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The appeal of country churches

Hilary Bradt makes a case for visiting country churches.

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Exmoor ponies

Victoria Everleigh finds out more about these natives of the moors.

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