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Send a tip on train station bars, restaurants, hotels – and win a £200 hotel voucher

Whether it’s a tiny bar by a village halt or a grand restaurant or hotel in a city centre terminus, tell us about your favouriteYou might have enjoyed an exquisite coffee or welcome beer by a platform in the middle of nowhere, or had time for a memorabl

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Angling for calm: why I love wild fishing

The opportunity to be in the moment and still in nature hooked Annalisa Barbieri on fishing – never more so than in the wildernesses of Dartmoor and the Highlands of ScotlandFive of the best fly-fishing spots in the UKI am not a natural stander-stiller.

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10 of the best wild cycle rides in the UK

A bicycle is the perfect way to explore the countryside. These off-grid routes, from mountainous lung-busters to scenic family rides, explore history as well as wildernessThe Malvern Hills are wilderness in the Midlands, outliers of the Welsh mountains an

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Turkey bounces back as package holiday favourite

Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia on the road to recovery, according to Thomas Cook Holiday ReportTurkey is outselling mainland Spain and the Canary islands as British holidaymakers return to the destination in big numbers.Package holidays to Turkey are up 84% ye

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A local’s guide to Kendal and the southern Lake District: 10 top tips

The Lakes’ southern gateway opens up fantastic hiking, cycling and running routes and plenty of spots to savour the views and refuel, says the director of Kendal Mountain FestivalKendal is a vibrant, growing town of almost 30,000 people in South Lakelan

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‘Weirder than any other landscape’: a wild walk in the Fens

The new Fen Edge Trail gives hikers the chance to wander this ancient, disappearing marshland, which is now being revived thanks to a 50-year projectFeathery reeds rise from dykes, bullrush heads turn to candyfloss in the spring and two red kites soar hig

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From Venice into the mountains: fizzing around on the prosecco trail

Prosecco is more popular than ever and from the bacaros of La Serenissima into the Veneto its qualities are being celebrated – and visiting its producers makes for a great wine holiday, tooFew cities are more intimately acquainted with a drink than Veni

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The best views in the UK: readers’ tips

From remote islands to city skylines, seascapes to moorland outlooks, our readers share their favourite landscapesThere can’t be many views as far-reaching as this. George Fox climbed Pendle in 1652. He saw the silver line of sea bordering Lancashire an

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20 of the best outdoor activity breaks in the UK

These isles are alive with natural wonders – and experts who can get you close to the edge. From river-swims and packrafting to trail running and via ferrata, here are 20 great wilderness adventuresDifficulty: easy/moderateSuitable for 16-plus (with acc

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Send us a tip on a great boat trip for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Whether it was on a local ferry, canal barge or river cruise, we want to know about your favourite boat tripWhether it was a canal trip through the Black Country – or maybe even Venice! – or a mosey down the Mississippi, tell us about your best boatin

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The best towns and small cities in the US: Portland, Maine

This buzzing city on the New England coast has a strong community spirit running through its art and music scene, as well as food and drink that’s big on local flavours• In this series: Eugene, Oregon | Chapel Hill, North CarolinaAt the junction of Da

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‘I’m Spartacus!’: gladiators galore at Nîmes’ Great Roman Games

At one of Europe’s biggest re-enactment spectaculars, this year’s show is Spartacus-themed. So, take a seat in the mighty arena alongside 12,000 spectators (togas optional)The first gladiator is down, flailing his gladius towards the emperor before be

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Throwing in the towel: is the beach holiday over?

A new generation of holidaymakers are choosing more adventurous trips – but crowded, boring beaches can often be challenging enoughCould the beach holiday be over? According to travel company Responsible Travel, bookings for more adventurous trips are u

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A local’s guide to Chicago: 10 top tips

The city’s bars and music scene are among the most vibrant in the US. And with Lake Michigan beaches to relax on and two new budget flights from the UK, now is the time to goTraditionally overshadowed by coastal powerhouses New York City and Los Angeles

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Could a day at Stansted cure my fear of flying – or will I always need Valium and a fizzy wine chaser?

For too many years Suzanne Moore has not been able to board a flight without a stiff drink and, preferably, tranquillisers. Could a ‘Fearless Flyer’ course at Stansted help her overcome her terror? ‘What sort of person gets leathered in a Wetherspoo

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True grit: gravel biking through Wales’ ancient Cambrian heart

A cycle route takes in misty lakes, forest tracks and quiet lanes amid a remote, magical part of Powys. The epic ride ends in a cosy pub just as rain sweeps in“You used to be able to ride through here,” I said. “Yes,” replied my friend Mark, “bu

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10 of the best design hotels in the world

Charles Eames said the role of the designer is to be a good, thoughtful host and for a design hotel to work, it should do just that. These 10 – from Bali to Budapest – are hard to beatIn the world heritage wilderness of Tasmania, next to Lake St Clair

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'Life on the edge of civilisation': hiking in Croatia's mountains

Its Adriatic coast is so dazzling that few venture into Croatia’s mountains but a short way inland are walks amid gorges and peaks that are just as spectacular – and characters with stories to tellMotoring down the Croatian coast towards the city of Z

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20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

Summer holidays don’t have to mean sea and sand. We pick breaks amid mountains and by tranquil lakes to suit lovers of long hikes, high-energy activity – or just dreamy upland vistasStay Mountain hutsSuits Hardened runnersIt sounds easy: “Cruising o

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Valletta on view: Malta's capital shows off its cultural side

With a new flagship gallery and music galore, the 2018 joint European Capital of Culture is putting on more than enough exciting events to shake off its pretty-but-sleepy tagOld Valletta has seen some intense years: 1565, for example, when it was besieged

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Green and gold: great city parks around the world – readers’ tips

Our readers find there’s a lot more to do in the world’s best parks than feed the ducks. They hike, bike, admire stunning art and sing along with ElvisIn a notoriously expensive city, this free park a 40 minute walk from the centre of Oslo is both a l

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Joshua Tree national park: music, myths and art in the desert

The Coachella festival, starting this week, showcases music in a dramatic landscape but in – and around – Joshua Tree the arts and culture shine all year roundOut in the desert, anything seemed possible. The stark, dry landscape felt like an illusion,

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Art, beats and fashion: an inside view of Tbilisi's creative boom

Fashion, nightlife and the arts are flourishing in Georgia’s capital, with the seeds of creativity sown by a growing number of young artists and collectives eager to shake up the systemOn the top floor of Tbilisi’s National Scientific Library, I’m w

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Send us a tip on a great view in the UK for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Share details of your favourite rural and urban viewpoints from the length and breadth of the UKYou don’t have to go up mountains to come across great viewpoints in the UK – although it helps of course. Coastal footpaths on dramatic cliffs, trails and

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Fine art or daring design? 13 must-see new galleries and museums in Europe

Gallery launches and long-awaited reopenings of some of Europe’s famous museums are taking place at many great city-break destinations this yearA vast new – and, as the name suggests, block-shaped – building on Copenhagen’s harbour, the Blox compl

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Take the kids to … Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight

As the UK’s oldest theme park gears up for its 175th birthday celebrations, our writer enjoys the timeless and gentle appeal of its themed landsThe UK’s oldest theme park, which opened its gates in 1843, only five years after Queen Victoria had been c

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Top of the lago: a saunter around the Italian lakes

Hiking high above Lake Maggiore, through forests and hills alive with Grand Tour romance, is a great way to build an appetite for Piedmont’s epic cuisineClose to the summit of Monte Mottarone, we sit in silence soaking up the 360-degree views. To the ea

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Our man in Havana: music, mojitos and swearing in Spanish

The former Observer Magazine editor moved to Cuba to write a book – but with its crumbling elegance and sense of drama he finds Havana presents plenty of distractions from the job at handThe grand windows of Casa Almson are flung wide, the trade winds o

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Dordogne holiday guide: what to see plus the best restaurants and hotels

The food, wine and idyllic lifestyle of this region’s villages have always appealed to Brits – and with Brexit looming they’re settling in record numbers – but that has not dimmed its thoroughly French allureThe Dordogne comes close to offering ev

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