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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10 of the best UK outdoor family culture trips: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Wayland’s Smithy, Ashbury, Oxfordshire An ancient burial mound in a moody copse, about 20 minutes’ walk from White Horse Hill, at Uffington. A walk here takes in gently undulating farmland, with plenty of sloes to collect from well-stocked hedgerows. A trip to this section of the Ridgeway is best finished with a picnic […]

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Broads horizons

The first, and last, time I went on a boating holiday it ended in ignominy, my friends and I having managed to wedge our 60ft narrowboat sideways across the Kennet and Avon canal while attempting an ill-advised three-point-turn. The shame of having to hide “below decks” while a crowd of onlookers gathered on the towpath […]

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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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