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‘The nicest little town in the world’: 48 hours in Bury St Edmunds

Boasting fascinating history, a rich array of architecture and quintessential English charm, this cobblestoned town is the perfect place to spend a weekend.

Walk of the Week: a circular route from Walberswick, Suffolk

This circular walk explores a landscape that has attracted football stars and Impressionist painters alike.

Lockdown walks: a city river stroll through Norwich

Take a walk around Norfolk's capital, Norwich, along the bank of the River Wensum.

Eight reasons to visit Norfolk

From charming towns and villages to a glorious coastline – there's plenty to explore in Norfolk.

Five family days out in Norfolk

If you're visiting Norfolk, make sure these family-friendly day trips are on your itinerary!
Laurence Mitchell has, at various times, taught English in Sudan, surveyed historic farm buildings in Norfolk, pushed a pen in a local government office and worked as a geography teacher. Travel has been an important part of his life ever since his first tentative steps overseas in the 1970s, well before the term ‘backpacker’ was invented. These days, he works as a freelance travel writer and photographer and has contributed to publications that include Geographical, hidden Europe, Walk and Discover Britain as well as writing English walking guides and several guidebooks for Bradt. With a particular penchant for forgotten places, border zones and territories in transition, he makes regular forays to such places from his home base in Norwich. Laurence also enjoys exploring places closer to home, like the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk where he has a keen interest in walking routes, wildlife, local history and Slow travel. He is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers and the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. His website can be found at and blog at

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Lockdown walks: a city river stroll through Norwich

Take a walk around Norfolk’s capital, Norwich, along the bank of the River Wensum.

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Eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan

A tradition which goes back hundreds of years, eagle hunting is a dying practice of Kyrgyz life.

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The strange tale of the Shaitan Mazar UFO

Lawrence Mitchell investigates one of the country’s strangest encounters.

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Issyk-Kul legends

Author Laurence Mitchell recounts the mythical tales of this mammoth alpine lake.

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A walk in Constable Country

Laurence Mitchell retraces John Constable’s steps on a walk through the Stour Valley.

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This art of decorative plastering is a regular feature of buildings across Suffolk.

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The monasteries of Fruška Gora

The hills of Fruška Gora, in Vojvodina, are dotted with beautiful monasteries.

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Roma culture in Serbia

Serbia’s Roma are a marginalised community with a unique cultural heritage.


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Birdwatching in Serbia

Serbia has a rich and varied fauna, with nearly 80% of European bird species being recorded in the country as either breeding or on migration.

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24 hours in Belgrade

You’ve got 24 hours in Belgrade. How are you going to spend them?


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