Knocking on Devon’s doors: an art-inspired break around Dartmoor

This month’s Devon Open Studios event sees artists across the county invite the public into their galleries. Our writer heads to the west of the county for a preview Silhouettes were replacing Dartmoor’s details; its heather, ferns and grasslands were fading from view, the last rays of an orange sun departing a late-summer sky stippled […]

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Scotland has been voted the world’s most beautiful country – here’s why

If the blue (if chilly) waters of Calgary Bay don’t charm you, perhaps the delicious dread of Glencoe will. As Scotland tops a poll as the most stunning place on the planet, a local suggests the sights for which eyes were invented A delightful mix of smugness and lack of surprise is being felt across […]

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The Hafod Hotel, Devil’s Bridge, Ceredigion: review

Reached by heritage steam train and sitting above a waterfall, this historic former hunting lodge inland from Aberystwyth is being smartened up by its new owners There can be few more satisfying ways of arriving at a hotel than on a tiny steam train, huffing and puffing up the side of a sumptuous Welsh valley. […]

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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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