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A road trip along Yorkshire’s Heritage Coast

This mini road trip along Yorkshire's Heritage Coast packs in plenty of fascinating history and gorgeous scenery.

Getting outdoors in the North York Moors

Experience the glorious outdoors of the North York Moors on foot, horseback or even from the air.

In search of whales… in North Yorkshire

It might not be the first animal that comes to mind when you think of the North York Moors, but whales are thriving off the...
Mike Bagshaw is a Lancastrian by birth and a zoologist by training. After four years as a student in Sheffield he qualified as a biology teacher and spent the rest of his working career in education. Initially this took place indoors in school classrooms, but then for 30 years he worked in outdoor education centres, introducing children and adults to the delights of watersports, mountaineering, forest education and how to understand and appreciate the natural world. Mike’s writing career had humble beginnings in the 1980’s with a series of mountaineering trip logs and a collection of nature-inspired poetry subsequently published as Swift and Other Poems. Recognition in a travel writing competition led to him joining Bradt’s team of authors in 2010 with the publication of Slow North Yorkshire which was later re-issued as two separate volumes in the Slow Travel series – Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors & Yorkshire Wolds. Although officially retired he continues to explore many wild areas of the world on foot, underwater with scuba gear and afloat in canoes and kayaks, describing his exploits in outdoor magazines. Mike still lives near Whitby with his wife Lois and two dogs and spends his non-travelling time managing the small birch woodland they own, volunteering for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and writing regular nature columns for local newspapers and magazines.

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In search of whales… in North Yorkshire

It might not be the first animal that comes to mind when you think of the North York Moors, but whales are thriving off the coast here.

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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Mike Bagshaw follows in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright on our recommended walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Dinosaur hunting in the North York Moors

The Jurassic coast of Yorkshire is a palaeontologist’s paradise.

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The Mouseman of Kilburn

Author Mike Bagshaw tells the story of this local woodcarver.

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Walks round Flamborough Head

Our walk of the week give you the chance to visit not one, but two lighthouses, writes Mike Bagshaw.

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Tour de Yorkshire

Mike Bagshaw takes us on a tour of the Yorkshire towns and villages along the route of the Grand Départ.

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Seabird cities

Flamborough Head is home to Britain’s only mainland gannet colony.

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Barn owls

An interview with local conservationist and one of Britain’s leading wildlife artists, Robert Fuller.

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The Tour de Yorkshire

Author Mike Bagshaw takes us on a tour of the towns and villages on the Tour de Yorkshire route for 2017.

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The Yorkshire Vet

Yorkshire Vet Alf Wight changed the perceptions of his industry forever.

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