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Saent Waterfall Route In Val De Rabbi

Hidden Gem – Stelvio is Italy's largest alpine national park, yet overshadowed by neighbouring Dolomites

Article · On 19 Feb 2020 by Lesley Williams and Gillian Price

Bordering the Dolomites to the east, and Switzerland to the west, the Stelvio is one of the largest protected areas in all of the Alps. Its unspoilt landscape ranges from...
View To The South East From The Pointe De La Sana

Hidden Gem – Ski touring in the Vanoise National Park, Savoie Alps

Article · On 1 Jan 2020 by Lesley Williams and Paul Henderson

Known by downhill skiers for the impressive and highly developed resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isere among others, the Vanoise National Park is a glaciated mountain massif dominated by the...
Cote De Lofthouse

Hidden Gem – Nidderdale, a Yorkshire Dale often overlooked

Article · On 31 Jul 2019 by Lesley Williams

Nidderdale – not necessarily the first name you would think of when visiting the Yorkshire Dales, and yet it is no less worthy than its better-known neighbours of Wharfedale and...
View East From The Path To The South Of Refuge Larpont

Hidden Gem – the best area of the French Alps for a multi-activity holiday

Article · On 2 Jun 2019 by Lesley Williams

Are you someone who wants to visit an Alpine region for a couple of weeks to explore and enjoy a number of mountain activities perhaps with different companions? The Chamonix...
Hurst spit

Hidden Gem – the southernmost tip of the New Forest is not what you might expect

Article · On 12 May 2019 by Lesley Williams

Dipping a long sinuous finger into the Solent, the southernmost tip of the New Forest National Park forms part of the Solent Way, with Hurst Spit, an impressive shingle spit...
Cotswold Way Near Painswick

Hidden Gem – Towers, barrows and Iron Age hill forts on the Cotswold Way

Article · On 24 Mar 2019 by Lesley Williams

The Cotswold Way is a wonderful national trail, covering 102 glorious miles along the Cotswold escarpment between Chipping Campden and Bath. On the ridge the views are superb and far-reaching...
The volcanic landscape of Puy de la Vache

Hidden Gem – Walking in the Auvergne, France's ancient volcanic landscape

Article · On 24 Feb 2019 by Lesley Williams

The Auvergne forms the major part of the Massif Central of France. It's a stunning area of ancient volcanic scenery, crossed by numerous waymarked paths which thread through a landscape...
The Howgills, with sedbergh below

Hidden Gem – five rivers in Cumbria in a single day walk

Feature · On 27 Jan 2019

The Cumbrian countryside to the north of Kendal is home to no less than five rivers; the Rawthey, Lune, Mint, Sprint and Kent which begin life in the high fells...
Wire Lock, between Kintbury and Hungerford

Hidden gem – following a 200 year-old transport route in southern England

Feature · On 21 Nov 2018 by Steve Davison

The Kennet and Avon Canal passes through a varied landscape, including the chalk hills of the North Wessex Downs in the east, and the southern edge of the Cotswolds in...
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Hidden gem – St Moritz without the glitz – walking in the beautiful Engadine

Feature · On 3 Oct 2018

The Engadine, the 'valley of the Inn people', is a high valley of contrasts, and home to one of Switzerland's national parks. In the Upper Engadine between Maloja and St...
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Hidden Gem – Teesdale, and the wild open spaces of the northern Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Feature · On 5 Sep 2018

Upper Teesdale lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, affectionately known as 'England's Last Wilderness'. If your idea of 'getting away from it all' is to enjoy...
A Fingerpost Points The Way To The Physicians Well

Hidden Gem – how to enjoy the best mountain, moorland and coastal walks in south Wales, without the crowds

Article · On 5 Aug 2018

Sandwiched between its illustrious neighbours of Pembrokeshire and the Gower, Carmarthenshire is often overlooked by visitors and locals alike, and yet beautiful Carmarthenshire benefits from breathtaking mountain scenery, golden sands...
Peyrepertuse Castle

Hidden Gem – have you ever visited the Cathar castles of southern France?

Article · On 4 Jul 2018

Dating from the religious turmoil of a period between 1000 to 1250AD, the castles built and occupied by the Cathars are found on high rocky outcrops, and command fantastic views...
Playa de Berria

Hidden Gem - The Northern Caminos

Article · On 6 Jun 2018

Our hidden gem this month is a guide to the Northern Caminos - covering three different routes to Santiago de Compostela, away from the crowds of the main route.
Descent to Halton Gill, Littondale (Route 10)

Hidden Gem – Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

Article · On 9 May 2018

Our Hidden Gem of the month is Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. With 25 routes on quiet lanes throughout the national park, including the Prologue stage of the 2014 Tour...
Alpine Snowbell

Hidden Gem – Alpine Flowers

Article · On 4 Apr 2018

A mini guide to help you recognise 230 alpine flowers. In just 144 pages this lovely little book will give both pleasure and knowledge.
A View Down Over Fornes Walk 22

Hidden Gem – The Mountains of Nerja

Article · On 7 Mar 2018

Our hidden gem this month is The Mountains of Nerja. The little town of Nerja is relatively unspoilt, nestling under a range of mountains on the coast just 40 minutes...
Wastwater reflections, an almost perfect mirror image on a calm day ((Stage 5)

Hidden Gem - Tour of the Lake District

Article · On 14 Feb 2018

Our hidden gem this month is the Tour of the Lake District. It’s just a great idea – take a week of holiday in the Lake District and see all...
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Hidden Gem - Walking the Jurassic Coast

Article · On 6 Jan 2018

Our hidden gem of the month is Walking the Jurassic Coast - a lovely and easy to understand book describing both the geology and the walking in this area.
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Hidden Gem - Walking in Cumbria’s Eden valley

Article · On 4 Dec 2017

Our Hidden Gem of the month is Walking in Cumbria’s Eden valley. Lesley Williams took a while to discover this delightful ‘secret’ area for walking.