It may feel like the entire world has gone on holiday at the same time, and crowded beaches would suggest that many people consider that sitting on a beach under an umbrella is the only one way to relax and take a break. We rather suspect many Cicerone enthusiasts have other ways to relax and recharge the mind and body – even those with small children! So, we have come up with some tried and tested suggestions for alternative summer holidays, mainly staying within the British Isles, but with a few thoughts for those of you heading for Mediterranean beaches.

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