Top 10 UK winter walks – chosen by travel and nature writers

Okehampton to Belstone, Devon Length 10½ milesTime 5 hoursStart/finish Okehampton Camp/BelstoneGoogle Maps Start/FinishGrade Moderate (difficult in bad weather)Refuel The Tors Inn, Belstone Just a short way past the military camp north of Okehampton, the old country road passes between two of west Devon’s most walkable high places. Either can be attacked on its own as […]

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Life’s a breeze: a sailing trip in Scotland’s Hebrides

It had been raining overnight but the sky had cleared and we were going. Early light on the wet decks. Big engine rumbling somewhere deep in the stern. The anchor chain wound up into its locker in the bow. Adam Nicolson. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Chloe Gillatt, the cook, had made bacon sandwiches […]

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A local’s guide to Dundee: top 10 tips

On the waterfront Dundee and the River Tay come as a pair. From William McGonagall’s poetry paying tribute to “the silvery Tay”, recounting the rail bridge disaster of 1879, to the current waterfront transformation, the river is the lifeblood of the town. The best way to see the city from the Tay estuary is to […]

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20 of the best coastal campsites around Britain

ENGLAND Pitches 40 Good for Atlantic isolation On the western foreshore of St Agnes, the southernmost of the inhabited Isles of Scilly, the farm’s meadows slip right down to the sea. Pitch on the water’s edge at the UK’s most south-westerly campsite, with Periglis beach (a shell collectors’ paradise) on one side and intriguing rock […]

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