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The twin tops of the Wittenham Clumps are crowned by beech trees

Article · 22 Nov 2020

Hidden Gem – family-friendly walking in the North Wessex Downs AONB

Lesley Williams looks back on childhood walks around Wallingford and explores a walk between Shillingford, Brightwell-cum-Sotwell and Dorchester on Thames with all the ingredients...

Marloes Sands From Horse Neck

Article · 19 Sep 2020

Hidden Gem – Pembrokeshire's Marloes Sands, Martin’s Haven and offshore islands

Boasting the popular Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire may not strike you as a ‘hidden’ area. There is plenty to...

Saent Waterfall Route In Val De Rabbi

Article · 19 Feb 2020

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

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 valley...

View To The South East From The Pointe De La Sana

Article · 1 Jan 2020

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

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...

Cote De Lofthouse

Article · 31 Jul 2019

Hidden Gem – Nidderdale, a Yorkshire Dale often overlooked

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

Article · 2 Jun 2019

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

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

Article · 12 May 2019

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

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 with...

Cotswold Way Near Painswick

Article · 24 Mar 2019

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

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...

The volcanic landscape of Puy de la Vache

Article · 24 Feb 2019

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

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...

The Howgills, with sedbergh below

Feature · 27 Jan 2019

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

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 of the Lake...

Wire Lock, between Kintbury and Hungerford

Feature · 21 Nov 2018

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

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 the west...

Bernina Reflection Header

Feature · 3 Oct 2018

Hidden gem – St Moritz without the glitz – walking in the beautiful Engadine

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 Moritz at...

A Fingerpost Points The Way To The Physicians Well

Article · 5 Aug 2018

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

Sandwiched between its illustrious neighbours of Pembrokeshire and the Gower, Carmarthenshire is often overlooked by visitors and locals alike, and yet beautiful Carmarthenshire...

Peyrepertuse Castle

Article · 4 Jul 2018

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

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

Article · 6 Jun 2018

Hidden Gem - The Northern Caminos

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)

Article · 9 May 2018

Hidden Gem – Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales

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 de France,...

Alpine Snowbell

Article · 4 Apr 2018

Hidden Gem – Alpine Flowers

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

Article · 7 Mar 2018

Hidden Gem – The Mountains of Nerja

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 drive from Malaga.

Wastwater reflections, an almost perfect mirror image on a calm day ((Stage 5)

Article · 14 Feb 2018

Hidden Gem - Tour of the Lake District

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 the best sights.

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Article · 6 Jan 2018

Hidden Gem - Walking the Jurassic Coast

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.