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‘Exquisite views and total exhilaration’: readers’ favourite running routes

From the Med to the Pentland hills, our tipsters find their pace by azure seas, medieval city centres, ancient woods and up lofty ridgesI love running in Ghent. It is completely flat, so encouraging for beginners and people aiming for personal bests. There is a rowing lake with a 5km track around the outside called Watersportsbaan. This connects with a nature reserve called Blaarmeersen on an 8km loop (with an artificial sandy beach to play volleyball, or swim in afterwards). To extend your rout...
Tags: Travel, Fitness, Life and style, Top 10s, Ghent, Running Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Pentland, Leie River, Bourgoyen Ossemeersen

Uphill hikes and downward dogs in the Black Mountains of Wales

A women’s yoga and fell walking break in the Welsh borders leaves our writer with aching muscles but a heart full of joyBruce Chatwin was 15 when he first cycled through the Vale of Ewyas, a place he would later refer to as “one of the emotional centres of his life”. Wordsworth and Turner also loved this rough knuckle of mountains abutting the England-Wales border. I was 20 when I first visited, and was so smitten by the swooping hills that I leapt out of the car and ran barefoot up Hay Bluff, s...
Tags: Travel, Wales, Life and style, Yoga, Health & wellbeing, Turner, Yoga Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, England Wales, Wordsworth, Chatwin, Black Mountains of Wales, Vale of Ewyas

Slopes of hope: how Scotland’s ski resorts are speeding back to business – a photo essay

After two disastrous winter seasons for the £30m Scottish ski industry, the country’s five resorts are opening up again. We take to the powder at GlensheeArriving alone in early-morning darkness at Glenshee ski centre in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, I am greeted by friendly voices in the tiny ticket queue and eagerly join the small posse. The forecast is good and the centre has brought forward limited opening of the facility in response to a fresh dream topping of snow suddenly coating the glen down...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Ski Resorts, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Skiing Holidays, Winter Sports Holidays, Ballater Aberdeenshire, Glenshee

Perfect for the wilderness: a Cairngorms safari by e-bike

Host to lush forests, red deer and buzzards, an out-of-season guided cycle trip around Braemar reveals a landscape in a state of fluxBraemar out of season is a strange place to be. Not quite lifeless, but definitely falling into an autumnal torpor. After an extraordinarily busy summer hosting the great flood of northbound domestic tourists, in late October just a few B&Bs and pubs are hanging on before some much-needed downtime.At the edges of the village though, and in the wider, wilder country...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Life and style, Cycling, Wildlife, Cycling Holidays, Dan Brown, Wildlife Holidays, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highlands Holidays, Braemar, Rachael Iveson Brown

Brooding beauty: why Carmarthenshire is Wales’ best-kept secret

With its glacial lakes, silky beaches and verdant hills, it’s a wonder this brilliant county for walking is often overlookedThank God no boozy poet or philandering painter was born or buried in Llandeilo in the heart of Carmarthenshire. If there were, it would probably be flooded with pilgrims. As it is, the small inland town on the mighty Tywy (or Towy) – the longest river that has its source and outlet in Wales – has a degree of quaintness, but not too much, and only a handful of gawpers admir...
Tags: Travel, Wales, Culture, Architecture, National Parks, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Carmarthenshire, Llandeilo, Tywy, Towy, Garden of Wales

Braced for impact: walking the ‘camino’ of Cumbria

The newest section of the all-encompassing England Coast Path, from Whitehaven to Silecroft, takes in beaches, blustery dune lands and bird-filled clifftopsThe winding coastal pathway promised to be sublime: a gorse-lined trail atop a sweep of airy crags that fell away to reveal a nesting ground for kittiwakes, razorbills and rare black guillemots. The weather, a mix of smoking fog, brutal winds and lashing rain, was another matter. Talk about blowing the cobwebs off.“Take a bracing walk along t...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, UK News, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Walking Holidays, Cumbria, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Lake District Holidays, Whitehaven, England Coast, Silecroft

Busy beavers: up close with Cornwall’s furry eco-warriors

From flood defence to strengthening biodiversity, the ecological benefits of rewilding with beavers are beyond doubt. Meet the people making it happen‘Reintroducing beavers is like throwing petrol on to the bonfire when it comes to nature recovery – it really speeds things up,” says Chris Jones, farmer and communities director of the Beaver Trust. We’re on a tour of Woodland Valley Farm, near Ladock, his home and the site of the Cornwall Beaver Project, where a family of the semi-aquatic mammals...
Tags: Travel, Animals, Environment, World news, Wildlife, Conservation, Cornwall, Chris, Cornwall Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Chris Jones, David Bellamy, Cornwall Beaver Project, Woodland Valley

‘Without a puff of fossil fuels …’ My favourite no-fly holiday

With Cop26 in full swing, we ask environmentalists and nature writers where they take a break without it costing the EarthHolly Tuppen, sustainable travel writer Growing up in London’s suburbs, romping around the South Downs was about as wild as it got. Thirty years on, the landscape is unchanged, yet every walk brings a new discovery – and now I live in Brighton I’m finding you really can holiday very close to home. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, London, Environment, Wildlife, Brighton, Wildlife Holidays, Green travel, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Ireland Holidays, South Downs

10 of the best eco-friendly places to stay in Europe

These sustainable stays offer the chance to share mountain views with bears, sleep easy in a low-carbon hotel and wellness experiencesThe Holenberg forest is the gateway to the Maashorst nature reserve, a rewilding pioneer in North Brabant, home to roaming bison and Tauros – a project to revive the aurochs, an ancient European ox. Tucked away in the forest, among a rusty palette of trees, heather and wetlands, sits off-grid and self-sufficient Cabin Anna. From the linen to the recycled waste-pro...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Environment, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, City Breaks, Top 10s, Short breaks, Green travel, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Anna From, North Brabant, Holenberg

A great walk to a great pub: the Green Dragon, Yorkshire Dales

A four-hour stroll on the fells followed by a pint, a bite and a place to rest your head – with a waterfall out the backStart Green Dragon pub HardrawDistance 9½ milesTime 3-4 hoursTotal ascent 490 metresDifficulty moderateAn important truth was established some time ago when that celebrated bar room pundit Aristotle proved beyond all reasonable doubt that any decent walk undertaken in the British Isles must end at a good pub. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Hotels, Bars, Pubs, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Yorkshire Holidays, Aristotle, Isles, Pubs And Clubs, Green Dragon Yorkshire Dales

Staycationers on the English Riviera – in pictures

As unprecedented numbers of people take their holidays in the UK because of the travel chaos caused by the Covid pandemic, David Hares has been photographing the English Riviera in Devon Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Photography, UK, UK News, Devon, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Devon Holidays, Devon Continue, David Hares

A stay in a cool cabin at the bottom of a Welsh garden – birdsong included

The Red Kite Cabin, an eco-build in Powys, has style to swoon over and makes a great base to explore the lush countrysideDo you remember that scene in Close Encounters of the Third Kind in which Richard Dreyfuss starts to model Devils Tower out of mashed potato? Well, something similar has taken place in real life in a hamlet in mid-Wales.I’m standing with Paul, co-owner of the Red Kite Cabin in Powys,asking him where the inspiration for its unusual shape came from. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Wales, Short breaks, Self-catering, Walking Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, PAUL, Powys, Richard Dreyfuss, Red Kite Cabin

Bikes, boats and Betjeman: a car-free break in Wadebridge, Cornwall

While Padstow and Rock heave with cars, a three-generation stay further up the River Camel manages to keep everyone happyA rocky island emerges from thick mist. Around it, cormorants are diving into grey-green waves, which are flowering with multicoloured jellyfish. The boat pitches wildly; the skipper warns us that tope, powerful sharks, are common in these waters and not to lose our rods. He throws most of our too-small early catches overboard, including a sunrise-pink gurnard. Continue readin...
Tags: Travel, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Beach Holidays, Budget Travel, Cornwall Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Padstow, River Camel, Public transport trips, Betjeman, Wadebridge Cornwall

The Cape Wrath trail: walking Scotland’s hidden roads – in pictures

On a 240-mile journey through a storied landscape, a photographer and guide discovers wildlife, adventure and connection where past and present collideIt’s day three of 17 on the Cape Wrath Trail, and I’m descending to a ruined settlement with Nicky Easton from Ashtead in Surrey. “We wanted to get into the wilderness. For me it’s about the space, the remoteness, getting away from everything,” she says.Experienced trekkers, like Nicky, who have hiked Grand Randonnée (GR) trails in the Alps or the...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Scotland, Alps, Surrey, Travel Photography, Ashtead, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Nicky, Cape Wrath Trail, Nicky Easton

‘The price was a shock’: Britons on holidaying in UK this summer

The Guardian speaks to four people braving eye-watering price hikes to holiday in Britain this yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageWith more and more people staying in the UK for their holidays, prices for campsites and rented accommodation have rocketed this year. Despite this many in need of a break have decided to accept the hike. The Guardian spoke to four people about their holiday plans this summer. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Wales, Travel & leisure, UK News, Britain, News Corporation, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Coronavirus

10 of the best places to eat in Leeds

Savour this selection of the city’s many great food discoveries, from street food to fine diningPart provisions store and bottle shop majoring in natural wine and good beer, this bar and diner (which shares space with gender neutral clothing retailer Tomorrow) is also one of Leeds’ most exciting kitchens. Some meat is served but Eat Your Greens stands out for its creative treatment of organic, seasonal vegetables in, for instance, brunchy plates of eggs with carrot fritters, Isle of Wight tomato...
Tags: Travel, Food, Restaurants, Festivals, Food And Drink, Day trips, City Breaks, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Leeds, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Yorkshire Holidays, Leeds Holidays

‘Constantly stunning and invigorating’ – Paul Merton and Suki Webster on campervan touring

The married comedians on the great views, friendly folk – and friendlier sheep – encountered on their tour of England and Wales for a new TV seriesWith more British people holidaying at home and accommodation at a premium, demand for motorhoming holidays has soared. Curious to find out what “vanlife” is like, earlier this summer comedians Suki Webster and Paul Merton, who have been married since 2009, took to the road for a new Channel 5 TV series, Motorhoming with Merton and Webster. Over six e...
Tags: Travel, England, Wales, Life and style, Britain, Road Trips, Self-catering, United Kingdom Holidays, Merton, Suki, Caravans and campervans, Paul Merton, Suki Webster

Prize pigs, freak veg and haggis hurling: readers’ best UK country shows

Tipsters pick their favourite agricultural fairs and other rural shindigs – including some for the diary in 2022The Great Dorset Steam Fair in Tarrant Hinton (returning 25-29 August 2022) is the ultimate country fair in my opinion. Covering over 240 hectares (600 acres), it’s the size of a small town. There is a vast spread of attractions, from working traction engines and vintage farm machinery to huge craft tents to motorcycle stunt displays to live music and much more. Peruse rows of trade st...
Tags: Travel, UK, Festivals, Day trips, Family Holidays, Top 10s, Abba, Summer Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Farm Animals, Tarrant Hinton, Sharon Pinner

I could be by the Med: a car-free short break in Swansea

A vibrant waterfront sets the tone for a trip of cultural delights, Dylan Thomas sights, great food and the beauty of the Gower peninsula nearbyTall plane trees, hanging baskets and pavement cafes line pedestrianised Wind Street as it passes the ruined castle. I don’t know what I expected Swansea to look like but it wasn’t quite this.My preconceptions were partly based on Dylan Thomas’s “ugly, lovely town” by the sea, “white-horsed and full of fishes”. After three hours on an air-conditioned Gre...
Tags: Travel, London, Swansea, Dylan Thomas, City Breaks, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Beach Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Great Western Railways

A brilliant new Italian agriturismo – in Devon: Glebe House review

This restaurant-with-rooms takes our writer to food heaven, with its Italian cooking made from the best Devonshire ingredientsI do love an agriturismo. Independent, family-run, in peaceful countryside and serving homemade locally sourced food, they represent the best of Italian hospitality. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Food, Hotels, Restaurants, Food And Drink, Bed and breakfasts, Devon, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Devon Holidays, Glebe House

The best of British seaside festivals and events for 2021: readers’ tips

From great food to fine folk music and art, these cultural and community events are all the better for a blast of sea airThe annual programme here takes place across the picturesque backdrops of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, which have a growing cultural scene. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the wide range of art, music and dance events alongside both emerging and established artists. It’s diverse, it’s intriguing and, ultimately, it connects visitors to the amazing talent in t...
Tags: Travel, Festivals, Day trips, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Christchurch, United Kingdom Holidays, Bournemouth Poole

‘A wild pony stamped on my tent!’: seven readers on their first camping experiences

Many of us are holidaying close to home this year and opting for camping, having never tried it before. Readers recall the cold, wet, wild and wonderful experiences they have had under canvasAfter 18 months of lockdown and seeing nothing but buildings and city life, I needed to get away. I’d dreamed of visiting the Outer Hebrides for years and decided to take the plunge in May 2021, walking and camping solo along the Hebridean Way – my first time camping as an adult. I woke up to stunning beach ...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Family Holidays, Wildlife Holidays, Scotland Holidays, Camping Holidays, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Wales Holidays, Outer Hebrides, Bristol Continue, Hebridean Way, Bev Mackenzie

10 favourite British islands: readers’ travel tips

Scotland is home to many best-loved islands, but our tipsters also pick atmospheric places off England and WalesIt requires effort and planning to get to Rum, and it has few facilities, which means the island has nothing like the crowds of its big brother over the water. I had my finest day’s walking ever traversing the first three peaks in the Rum Cuillin range, and my best travel experience staying in the Guirdil bothy on a beach on the north-western coast. Then there’s Kinloch Castle, the dec...
Tags: Travel, England, Scotland, Top 10s, Short breaks, Wildlife Holidays, Lancashire, Summer Holidays, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Kinloch Castle, Paul Kirkwood

Cycling at sunset through the epic Isle of Harris, Scotland

‘It was only when we stopped for a breather, and to take this picture, that we were hit by the island’s beauty’In 2017 my girlfriend Harriet and I spent a lot of our free time travelling around the British Isles looking for the best places to cycle. While at university in London, we often went out exploring on our bikes, including leaving on the last day of our first year to cycle to Portsmouth and then continuing south all the way to Barcelona. When university finished – and we were unsure of w...
Tags: Travel, London, Portsmouth, Travel Photography, Scotland Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Skye, Harriet, Isles, Golden Road, Tarbert, Isle of Harris Scotland, Barcelona When university

Can the British countryside cope this summer?

During the first lockdown, farmer James Rebanks was astonished by a visitor-free Lake District. Ahead of a super-season of domestic tourism, he wonders if there’s a better wayLast March, I stood in the middle of the A66 between Penrith and Keswick and gawped at what had become a ghost road. It is one of the main routes in and out of the Lake District, where I’ve lived all my life, and usually roars with traffic. But there wasn’t a vehicle for miles. I just stared, stunned by the silence. The sun...
Tags: Travel, Communities, Society, UK News, Rural affairs, Lake District, United Kingdom Holidays, Keswick, Penrith, James Rebanks, Coronavirus

What is bivvying? How to have a night of adventure – without a tent

Armed with long experience, our writer gives the lowdown on getting there, the best equipment and picking your spot for a great night in the wildWhen I bivvy I’m not in search of sleep. I know I’ll wake up frequently, feeling restricted by my sleeping bag. Bivvying is camping at its simplest: sleeping outside without a tent and minimal gear.It isn’t about a comfortable night’s rest. It’s about squeezing an adventure into a humdrum week; it’s about being in nature, hearing hedgehogs snuffling and...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Bournemouth, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Green travel, Adventure Travel, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays

No more emails: why I’m walking from Land’s End to John o’Groats

As a government civil servant, I was burnt out from working on Brexit and Covid and needed a change of scene. Trekking the length of Britain is just the tonicIt’s 7.30pm on 29 April and I’m standing alone on the highest hill in this part of Cornwall. The sun is bright and eager, dancing with dainty flashes on the waves west towards Newquay. But I’m wrapped in everything I have – two pairs of thick socks, leggings, trousers, T-shirt, two long-sleeved T-shirts, jumper, fleece, jacket, snood, hat –...
Tags: Travel, Life and style, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Cornwall, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Brexit, United Kingdom Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Newquay, Land 's End, John O'Groats, Dinas, COVID

Every year, I take a long walk with friends. it's one of life's greatest pleasures | Marcel Theroux

For 16 years, I have met up with five friends for an annual yomp in the English countryside – and we are enjoying that companionship more than everOn the first weekend of May this year, I met up with five of my oldest male friends at Waterloo station, took a train to Milford in Surrey, walked 12 miles across Bagmoor Common and the Devil’s Punch Bowl, stopped for lunch at The Three Horseshoes in Thursley, caught the train back to London from Haslemere, drank too much beer under an awning on the S...
Tags: Travel, London, Fitness, Friendship, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Walking, Tony Blair, Devon, Day trips, Surrey, Walking Holidays, Somerset, Waterloo, South Bank, United Kingdom Holidays

My kids can shoot up a climbing wall – but real rocks were a big challenge

Climbing is more popular than ever. Ahead of half-term our writer takes her sons on their first outdoor course in East Sussex“I have no idea where to put my foot,” says my 10-year-old son, his voice a mix of fret and frustration. He is stuck halfway up a six-metre rock face, looking down at us for assistance.I’m standing at the bottom holding his rope with our guide, Chris McCellan from Hatt Adventures, and my eight-year-old, who is groaning loudly about the wait and pulsing with impatience for ...
Tags: Travel, Family, Fitness, Life and style, Family Holidays, Climbing holidays, Chris, United Kingdom Holidays, Sussex Holidays, Chris McCellan, Hatt Adventures

10 off-the-beaten-track adventures in Scotland

Scotland will be a first choice for the many Brits holidaying in the UK this year, but these active breaks avoid the country’s famous Highland and island honeypotsTravellers have for years hurtled past the Scottish Borders, eyes on the prize that is the heart-stopping Highlands. But with UK holidaymakers swamping the traditional hotspots, it’s time to check out the southern hinterlands. The Borders mat not have the mighty Munros, but its softly rounded hills, wooded valleys, sleepy towns and ivy...
Tags: Travel, UK, Scotland, Road Trips, Top 10s, Weekend Breaks, Short breaks, Glamping, Walking Holidays, Adventure Travel, Swimming Holidays, Scotland Holidays, Camping Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Highland, Canoeing And Kayaking Holidays

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