Travel Inspiration: Where The Writers Go - UK Edit

Travel Inspiration: Where The Writers Go - UK Edit

Travel Inspiration: Where The Writers Go - UK Edit

With every good book providing all the power to transport you into a far-flung world, it’s often hard to believe some of the most popular fictional landscapes were inspired right here in blighty! From the towering mills of Birmingham to epic castle ruins on the Cornish coast, the UK has much to answer for when it comes to playing the finest backdrop for some of the greatest novels ever written.

Whether you’re seeking a new destination or returning to a favourite haven, travelling is an excellent way to feed the imagination and inspire artistic endeavour. Just make sure you arm yourself with the most traditional of tools - a simple pen and journal to help capture the mood and let the creative juices flow.

Following the literary footsteps of some of our most beloved authors, we outline the UK hotspots that inspired fantastic tales, matching each destination with felicitous writing tools to bring out the writer in you.

Tintagel, Cornwall

Tingatel Ruins, Cornwall

The rugged north coast of Cornwall, with its sweeping clifftops, castle ruins, and sea caves makes for a dramatic and awe-inspiring setting full of Arthurian legend. The land of myths and magical encounters, it is suggested that the towering Tintagel Castle was the birthplace of King Arthur. Historian and chronicler, Geoffrey of Monmouth was the first to propose the connection, detailing the account in his magnum opus Historia Regum Britannae. Roger Lancelyn Green, Chrétien de Troyes, and Alfred Tennyson are amongst those who immortalise the land on paper, each enchanted by its mythical beauty and mystery.

What to Pack

Visconti Mirage Horn Rollerball Pen

Visconti Mirage Horn Rollerball Pen

A bold, sturdy looking pen with colourings matching the ancient stone and weathered outcrops.

Amalfi Large Refillable Leather Journal

Amalfi Large Refillable Leather Journal

With a wrap around tie and mellowed leather, this journal feels like it came straight from the middle ages.



Moseley & Edgbaston, Birmingham

Perrott's Folly, Edgbaston, Birmingham

After moving to Birmingham aged 3, it was the area of Moseley, that heavily influenced legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien and his works The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings trilogy. Bringing Middle-Earth to life, it is well-documented that the fictional Shire in both books was inspired by Sarehole and its Mill, whilst the ancient forest of Moseley Bog provided the perfect setting for the woodland in each of Tolkien’s masterpieces. Perrot’s Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower lay claim to shaping the backdrop for the imposing Two Towers of Gondor – back when Tolkien was a child, these now dormant towers would have churned out plumes of smoke, most reflective of the doom-laden and sinister Mordor.

 

What to Pack

Yard-O-Led Viceroy Barley Sterling Silver Ballpoint Pen

Yard-O-Led Viceroy Barley Sterling Silver Ballpoint Pen

Still made in Birmingham's jewellery quarter to this day, what would be more fitting than a stunning hand finished Yard-o-Led.

Chianti Medium Leather Journal

Chianti Medium Leather Journal

A classic style with premium marbled edges, the styling makes a perfect pairing for any Yard-o-Led writing instrument.



Oxford, Oxfordshire

Oxford College, Oxford

Saturated with literary association, Oxford has been attracting and inspiring intellectuals for many centuries. However, it is perhaps Phillip Pullman and his beloved His Dark Material trilogy that does the city most justice. From Exeter College, the basis for Jorden College in His Dark Materials to The Botanical Gardens – featured in the very last chapter of Pullman’s trilogy, along with reportedly inspiring parts of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the cultural city has much to captivate writers of all ages.

What to Pack

Bomo Art Medium Half Leather Bound Journal - Sailing Map

Bomo Art Medium Half Leather Bound Journal - Sailing Map

Wrapped in a vintage sailing map paper and finished with a premium leather spine, this journal speaks of far off lands and adventures untold.

Cross Classic Century Brushed Black Fountain Pen - closed

Cross Classic Century Brushed Black Fountain Pen

A sleek fountain pen with a distinct look and rugged feel, quintessential for any journey.



Whitby, Yorkshire

Whitby Abbey in stormy skys with lightning strike

The epic story of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was conceived from the vast remains of Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire. Inspired by a legend of a pale female ghost who wanders in the ruins of the former Gothic monastery, the fable portrays the lady was bricked up alive in one of the walls and was often seen in the crumbled windows. Located on a cliff facing the North Sea, the ruins are within an archaeological area dating back to the Bronze Age and are said to offer a fantastic (and surely spooky) atmosphere – the perfect setting for any a dark tale.

What to Pack

Parker IM Special Edition Red Ignite Fountain Pen

Parker IM Special Edition Red Ignite Fountain Pen

With a splash of blood red against darkest black, this fountain pen screams Dracula.

Sorrento Large Leather Journal

Sorrento Large Leather Journal

With a sleek leather cover, available in many a delightfully dark and brooding colour, this journal is a great vessel for your next horror.



London

Home to the city’s most famous fictional detective, it was a Victorian London that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to pen Sherlock Holmes. Weaving a rich tapestry of what the big smoke then encompassed, from opium dens to wealthy homes of the aristocracy, it often comes as a surprise to hear that Conan Doyle spent a modest four years in the capital. Any fan will know that Holmes both lived and worked from 221b Baker Street, now a museum paying homage to the detective, but it was at 2 Devonshire Place (the location of Conan Doyle’s medical practice) that many a story involving Holmes was scripted.

What to Pack

Feather Quill, Ink & Magnifiying Glass - Black

Feather Quill, Ink & Magnifiying Glass - Black

Searching for clues? This traditional feather quill and magnifying glass set will help you find things that are lost and keep note all at once.

Stamford Notebook Medium Travellers Journal

Stamford Notebook Medium Travellers Journal

The distinctive worn leather and unique refill style give the impression of a Victorian notebook. Perfect for channelling your inner Sherlock Holmes.



“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train”

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Ernest.