Girl on the Trail

Rebecca Lees Writer

My Work

Cambrian Escapes – Revealing Britain

Read my review of the gorgeous Reading Room at Cambrian Escapes. A blissful retreat deep in Carmarthenshire countryside… children are welcome, but you might not want to take them!

Glamping in the Afan Valley – Revealing Britain

My review of Willow Springs eco campsite for travel and lifestyle magazine Revealing Britain. If you love glamping and you love the Afan Valley, here’s where you need to go!

Meet the campervan converts – Admiral.com

Many of us dream about it, but few make it happen. I chat to three lovely campervanners who have converted their vans for work, pleasure and even a whole new life on the road!  

Hiking with kids – Admiral.com

Hiking with kids – if you’re met with gloomy faces and groans of ‘boring!’, you’re just not selling it right! One of a series of features commissioned by Admiral.com on hiking and camping in the UK. Spring 2019

Walks to soothe your soul – The Outdoor Guide

Soothing walks in south Wales: My go-to healing hikes, as chosen for Julia Bradbury’s TOG blog.

Best walks in the UK – Admiral.com

Best walks in the UK: Britain’s best spots from which to start a walk have been revealed and, unsurprisingly, the Peak District, the Lakes and Snowdonia all feature strongly! I chose my own top 10 for Admiral that should all… Continue Reading →

Hiking with dogs – Admiral.com

Happy hounds in the Great Outdoors – one of a series of features commissioned by Admiral.com on hiking and camping in the UK. Spring 2019

10 ways to boost your wellbeing – Admiral.com

10 ways to boost your wellbeing without a gym in sight. If you’re bored of the treadmill, don’t worry – here’s my Admiral guide to the smart health and wellness trends to try in 2019. Anyone for wild swimming…?  

Converting a campervan – Admiral.com

How to convert a van into a campervan: Achieving the ultimate motoring dream without breaking the bank! A guide to buying the right van, what you’ll need and how to make the most of life on the road.

Smallish magazine

My guide to Tenby – the ‘Welsh Riviera’ – for parenting magazine Smallish. From where to eat to the best places to play, here’s how to keep the kids happy in wonderful west Wales  

SE Wales Heritage Walks

Heritage Walks in South East Wales A collection of trails exploring the history of South East Wales, from prehistoric times to beyond the Industrial Revolution. Heritage Walks in South East Wales includes the Castle to Castle trail as featured on… Continue Reading →

New Year feature – My Weekly

My Weekly New Year feature pdf: I was asked to contribute to My Weekly’s New Year 2019 feature on better lifestyle habits that you’ll never want to stop (guess what I chose!).

SW Wales Children’s Trails

The first of two books of family walks across south Wales, South West Wales Children’s Trails features 20 coastal, countryside and town trails. Many are toddler and pushchair-friendly whilst others are more challenging routes for older children. Just remember… it’s not a… Continue Reading →

SE Wales Children’s Trails

The second in a pair of books for families, South East Wales Children’s Trails has ideas from simple Sunday strolls to island adventures and walks in the woods. With hidden villages and sleeping giants, not to mention a spooky walk… Continue Reading →

Women’s Aid anthology

Creative Writing Competition 2013 My short story ‘Courage’ was selected for Cardiff Women’s Aid’s first creative writing anthology to raise awareness of domestic violence and abuse.  

Wooing Mr Wickham

Honno anthology My short story ‘Persuaded’ was selected as one of the winning entries in Chawton House Library’s Jane Austen Short Story Award 2010 and included in this anthology, published following the success of the inaugural competition in 2009 to… Continue Reading →

Cut on the Bias

Honno anthology My short story ‘Reunion’ was included in this Honno anthology based on the intensely personal relationships women have with the clothes they wear. “Reading these stories is better than shopping!” Nicola Heywood-Thomas, Presenter, Radio Wales Arts Show  

Traveller’s guide to China – Admiral.com

A traveller’s guide to China: It’s one of the most breathtaking countries in the world, with natural wonders, a rich culture and ancient civilisation. But it can also be daunting to visit, with a challenging language and crowds of people…. Continue Reading →

Family Walks – The Outdoor Guide

Family walks in south Wales: My top five walks with children, chosen for Julia Bradbury’s TOG blog.

BBC Weatherman Walking

Watch my guest appearance on Weatherman Walking as I show BBC weather presenter Derek Brockway one of my favourite routes from my trails book Heritage Walks in South East Wales (first broadcast Jan 2014).

Macmillan Cancer Support

As an integral part of Macmillan’s communications team in Wales and the UK, I created award-winning campaigns such as Age Old Excuse and Counting the Cost of Cancer, as well as promoting the work of Macmillan Cymru’s fantastic nurses, welfare… Continue Reading →

Confused.com

A series of outdoors and lifestyle articles, including: Top tips for happy family camping The dos and don’ts of campervanning Caravan site etiquette – things to know before you tow!  

ITV Wales researcher

Coast & Country Researcher on ITV Wales’ Coast & Country and the flagship programme’s Royal Welsh Show special editions  

BBC researcher

BBC Factual Researcher on several BBC series including BBC Wales’ flagship Weatherman Walking, presented by Derek Brockway, and BBC Four’s Visions of the Valleys, telling the history of the south Wales valleys through art and presented by former MP Kim Howells…. Continue Reading →

Tiara magazine

A series of wedding, home and lifestyle articles for a leading Wales bridal magazine, including the wedding of Wales and British Lions rugby star Scott Gibbs to Kate George Weaver in South Africa.

Gladstone’s Library review

Luxury at the Library A library you can sleep in! A review of Gladstone’s Library, a stunning retreat in Hawarden, Flintshire, with the collection of books bequeathed to the nation by Victorian prime minister William Ewart Gladstone.      … Continue Reading →

Gocompare.com

A series of financial, lifestyle and outdoors guides for Gocompare.com and its online magazine, Covered, including: Farewell to the Volkswagen campervan Get your campervan ready for spring Six financial lessons from history People of note: famous faces who are on… Continue Reading →

Daily Express

A review of Hartwell House hotel & spa, Buckinghamshire, for the Daily Express.

Bella

Real Lives: Author Benji Bennett An interview for Bella magazine with best-selling children’s author Benji Bennett, who started writing following the death of his four-year-old son Adam.      

Druglink magazine

Freelance features writer A series of reports for Drugscope magazine Druglink, including an in-depth look at why some parents give their children methadone and the work being done to support families with a history of drug use.  

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