10 of Yorkshire’s finest hotels | Yorkshire holidays

[ad_1] Middlethorpe Hall, York A little over a mile from York’s historic centre, the 17th-century splendour of Middlethorpe Hall is an oasis of calm set in 20 acres of rolling parkland. Built by Thomas Barlow, an affluent master cutter from Sheffield, it had fallen from grace by the 1980s and been turned into a nightclub. … Read more

I walked the perimeter of Britain – in pictures | Walking holidays

[ad_1] I set off from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral on 17 April 2015, walking east towards Kent before heading west along the south coast. My mission was to walk the perimeter of Britain in order to get under the skin of our island nation – and find photographic inspiration. I’d previously only found … Read more

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

[ad_1] It’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 … Read more

I walked from Land’s End to John o’Groats – and learned three soothing lessons | Walking holidays

[ad_1] The first time I cried while eating an ice-cream was nearly 30 years ago on Sidmouth beach. My mint choc chip had fallen to the ground and mum had argued with the server until I got another one. It was too much emotion for the little boy. Grief for the green blob melting on … Read more

The Beach of Dreams trail left me dazzled by an Essex I never expected | Walking holidays

[ad_1] I stand aside to let a tractor go past down the lane and only then notice the field of sunflowers. There is a sign out front: Please help yourself. I wander up the side of the plot and stand among thousands of yellow flower heads, nodding gently in the breeze under an almost-blue sky. … Read more

Five areas to discover in the French Alps for a great holiday adventure | Alps holidays

[ad_1] Les Bauges, Savoie While the pristine turquoise waters of Lac d’Annecy are renowned, the remote massif of Les Bauges, which rises to its west and south, is one of the least-visited areas of the French Alps. Fringed on almost all sides by great forested limestone ridges and escarpments, the interior of the Bauges feels … Read more