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Florence Fortnam


Florence has written the following guides for Greentraveller:

Greentraveller Guide to Cornwall
Greentraveller Guide to Brighton
Greentraveller Guide to the Mendip Hills AONB
Greentraveller Guide to Snowdonia National Park
Greentraveller Guide to MId Wales
Greentraveller Guide to the Dyfi Biosphere

Florence is responsible for writing our Greentraveller Guides and coordinating our team of professional travel writers, as well as reviewing places to stay throughout the UK and writing for our award-winning blog. She speaks both French and Italian. Before Greentraveller, she spent five years editing the Italian collection of Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay.


I've been a bit addicted to train travel ever since I spent a university summer holiday inter-railing around Europe. If I had to plump for a favourite journey it would probably be the London to Sicily overnight. The most bizarre part of the trip awaits you at the very end of mainland Italy in Reggio San Giovanni, on Italy's 'big toe'. Without leaving your train, the carriages are dismantled and stowed onto a ferry which makes the short crossing to the other side where the train is reassembled to continue its journey through Sicily. The novelty of watching the sea outside the window and feeling the roll of the waves from the comfort of your train carriage never wears off.

In 2010 my husband and I travelled to China on the Trans-Siberian railway, and returned to Europe via Tibet, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Most people thought we were mad to even contemplate doing the whole thing overland but for me, travelling by train is about doing things a bit differently - it gives a uniqueness to the travel experience that you just can't get from hopping between one airport lounge and another. It’s about travelling with the locals, witnessing changing landscapes, cultures and communities between one destination and another, and creating your own adventure away from the stifling homogeneity of airports. It may not always be the quickest way to get from A to B but it’s definitely a lot more fun.

Florence Fortnam's blog posts

Posted by Florence Fortnam at 11:14 on Tuesday 11 February 2014
Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat, a rural escape for a few nights away or a base for an activity holiday with children, bike or...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:51 on Friday 07 February 2014
Brittany Ferries announces it is to launch a new no-frills service between the UK and France and Spain, designed to appeal to those looking to travel...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 11:36 on Thursday 06 February 2014
A mellow-stoned bunkhouse on a family farm with far-reaching views towards the Black Mountains with endless activities on the doorstep...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 06:01 on Tuesday 04 February 2014
Sandwiched between the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, Lasswade is a country hotel from a bygone era, serving up award-winning food,...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:30 on Friday 31 January 2014
Florence visits Blaenglanhanog, a 250-year old drover's cottage in Powys, with Cambrian Mountain views, bara brith on arrival, and a charismatic...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 08:16 on Wednesday 29 January 2014
Hike in the hills and return to a warm welcome, fantastic local food and comfortable bedrooms at this conveniently-located pub in the heart of the...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 06:21 on Tuesday 28 January 2014
An old farmstead with three charming country cottages in the Brecon Beacons, perfect for a family break. Keen hikers will be hard pressed to find a...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:12 on Monday 27 January 2014
A small but perfectly formed little cottage for two in Somerset's Mendip Hills AONB, with wildlife garden, cosy woodburner and views straight down...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 03:16 on Friday 24 January 2014
"The Old Stables" has a family history that dates back hundreds of years – this beautiful, fuss-free coversion has a truly green heart and kind,...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 12:42 on Thursday 23 January 2014
More beautiful barn conversion than bunkhouse, Wern Watkin is the ultimate pad for groups of walkers, cyclists and families looking for adventure in...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:24 on Wednesday 22 January 2014
This Brecon bolthole has views of Pen-y-Fan, gorgeous beamy interiors, and a welcome hamper packed with local goodies – a romantic, get-away-from-it-...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:13 on Tuesday 21 January 2014
Four sustainable travel schemes from the UK plus eight from Belgium and France have been announced in the shortlist for the 2014 Eurostar Ashden...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 05:50 on Monday 20 January 2014
A new 'tree-spirited' visitor guide to the National Forest has been launched, with contributions by leading travel writers Paul Bloomfield...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 10:54 on Thursday 16 January 2014
A new ferry, run on natural gas, is due to join the Brittany Ferries fleet in 2017, which the company says "will mark the beginning of a new era...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 01:48 on Tuesday 14 January 2014
A collection of great places to stay in the UK and Europe, all within striking distance of a ferry port, making them perfect destinations for a car-...
Posted by Florence Fortnam at 12:07 on Friday 03 January 2014
A short collection of some of the fantastic UK and European train holidays featured on our site, from world-renowned railway journeys, such as the...

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