Quarr Abbey featured in Blood on the Sand and mentioned in the Daily Telegraph wins journalist award

Readers of this blog might recall an entry about my tour of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight in December 2009 ( I can't believe it was that long ago).  I was researching for the DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel number five in the series, Blood on the Sand, and it was then that I met  feature writer and travel journalist Sophie Campbell who mentioned Blood on the Sand in her article (but unfortunately omitted to give the author's name, which would have been a nice little bit of PR for me, but never mind!)

Now the atmospheric photographs of Isle of Wight County Press chief photographer Jennifer Burton, taken during my tour has helped earn Daily Telegraph writer Sophie Campbell the Travel Journalist of the Year award. Congratulations to both.

Part of Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight

The Enjoy England award acknowledged Sophie's feature on the abbey, which brought its new tours to national attention last year. The abbey is to run the popular tours again this year and it is well worth a visit.  There are beautiful grounds and a stunning abbey and chapel to admire as well as a very pleasant tea room and tea gardens.  And if you get the chance follow the coastal walk from there to Ryde, and you never know you might actually spot the location used in Blood on the Sand.


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