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The best wild swimming spots in South Devon

There are so many wild and watery places to explore along Devon rivers, estuaries and coastline.

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.

Bluebells in East Devon

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

The best churches in North Devon and Exmoor

Adding to their other treasures, North Devon and Exmoor boast some exquisite churches.

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

Hilary Bradt goes stargazing with expert Seb Jay.

An appetite for discomfort verging on the Gothic

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