Northumberland National Park

There can surely be no greater wilderness left in England today than the 398 sq miles of natural wonderland that is Northumberland National Park, home to the soft swells of the Cheviot Hills and the seemingly endless spiky moors of autumn-coloured heather and gorse. Even the negligible human influence - there are only about 2000 inhabitants here - has been benevolent the finest sections of Hadrian's Wall run along the park's southern edge and the challenging landscape is dotted with prehistoric...

Kinlochewe to Torridon

Tiny Kinlochewe is usually used as a base for outdoor activities. From here the road follows Glen Torridon, an unforgettable journey along a river overlooked by the rugged peaks of Beinn Eighe (1010m) and Liathach (1055m). The road meets the sea at Torridon, where the small Torridon Countryside Centre (NTS l 01445-791221 donation adult child 3 2 s 10am-6pmMay-Sep ) offers displays on the area's flora and fauna, including a short audiovisual display and, in another building down the road, a deer...

York From The Beginning

It seems everybody has wanted a piece of this land at some point in history. In AD 71 the Romans built a fort called Erboracum here, so their troops would have somewhere to sleep after a busy day bashing the local tribes. Over time, a largish civilian settlement grew up around the fort by the time Constantine the Great was proclaimed emperor here in AD 306 it was a fully fledged town. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the town was taken by the Anglo-Saxons who renamed it Eoforwic and made...

Liverpool For Children

The complex of museums on Albert Dock is extremely popular with kids, especially the Merseyside Maritime Museum (p575) - which has a couple of boats for kids to mess about on - and the Beatles Story (p575). The Yellow Duckmarine Tour (opposite) is a sure-fire winner. Slighdy older (and very old) kids -especially those into football - will enjoy the tour of Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium (p581) as you can get your feet on the sacred turf. Need a break from the tots Drop them off at Zoe's...

Sleeping Eating

MalhamYHfl Hostel ( 08707705946 www.yha.org.uk dm 13.95 S mid-Feb-Nov, Fri & Satonly Dec-mid-Feb) In the village centre is this purpose-built hostel the facilities are top-notch and young children are well catered for. Beck Hall ( 830332 www.beckhallmalham.com s d from 23 48) This rambling 17th-century country house on the edge of the village is a favourite place to stay of the 11 different rooms, we recommend the Green Room, with its old-style furnishings and four-poster bed. There's a...

Doing The Beatles To Death

Between March 1961 and August 1963, the Beatles played a staggering 275 gigs in a club on Mathew St called the Cavern, which was essentially a basement with a stage and a sound system. They shared the stage with other local bands who helped define the Mersey Beat, but it was John, Paul, George and Ringo who emerged into the sunlight of superstardom, unparalleled success and crass marketing. Forty years later, the club is gone, the band has long broken up and two of its members are dead, but the...

WALKING

You could walk all summer in the park without repeating a route, such is the range of choice. From demanding mountain trails to afternoon canal-side strolls, many walks are detailed in leaflets available from park information centres and tourist offices. Guided walks are also available. Before setting out on a mountain hike check the weather forecast - call Weathercall ( 0891 500414) or see www.metoffice.gov.uk loutdoor mountainsafety brecon.html. Take waterproof clothing even if it's sunny and...

Eyam

The former lead-mining village of Eyam ee-em is a quaint little spot with a morbidly touching history. In 1665 a consignment of cloth from London delivered to a local tailor carried the dreaded Black Death plague. What could have been a widespread disaster remained a localised tragedy thanks to the bravery of the village inhabitants as the plague spread, the rector, William Mompesson, and his predecessor Thomas Stanley, convinced villagers to quarantine themselves rather than transmit the...

Cuillin Hills Minginish Peninsula

Rising to the west of Broadford, the Cuillin Hills are Britain's most impressive mountain range. Their jagged peaks and ridges could be a serrated knife sawing at the grey sky climbers and walkers see them as the challenge in Scotland. The highest summit, Sgurr Alasdair 993m , is one of the biggest trophies for experienced mountaineers, but is off limits for most walkers. An easier day-walk is the steep climb from Glenbritde camp site to Coire Lagan 6 miles round-trip allow at least three hours...

Drinking

From wood-panelled locals to grungy student speakeasies, there's a place for every kind of drinker in Edinburgh. Happy hunting grounds for pubs and bars include Broughton St, the university area, Stockbridge and Leith. Coffee places abound in the city, including converted police boxes, cheesily called Cop-pachino and other punny names, handing out quick caffeine fixes. Old Town amp South of the Royal Mile Borough Map pp750-1 668 2255 www.boroughhotel .com 72-80 The Causeway Slinky leather...

Worth The Trip

A Cistercian abbey before Henry VIII got dissolving and gave it to the earl of Bedford, Woburn Abbey 01525-290333 www.woburnabbey.co.uk adult child 10.50 6 S 11am-5.30pm Apr-Oct is a wonderful stately home set in a deer park and stuffed with mainly 18th-century furniture, porcelain, silver and paintings. Highlights include Queen Victoria's bedroom where she slept with Prince Albert in a marvellous bed fit for - well - a queen the beautiful wall hangings and cabinets of the Chinese Room the...

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Dartmoor Hikes

The Templer Way is an 18-mile hike from Teignmouth to Haytor, following the route originally used to transport Dartmoor granite down to the docks. The Two Moors Way is a longer option, running from Ivybridge, on the southern edge of Dartmoor, 103 miles across Dartmoor and Exmoor to Lynmouth on the north Devon coast. The Dartmoor Way is a 90-mile circular route, stretching from Buckfastleigh in the south, through Moretonhampstead, northwest to Okehampton and south through Lydford to Tavistock....

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Other Activities

Abergwynant Farm amp Pony Trekking Centre 422377 www.abergwynantfarn.com pony treks per hr from 10 leads daily treks through the foothills of Cader Idris. The farm is 3.5 miles southwest of town on the A493. Local legend says anyone who sleeps atop Cader Idris will awake mad or a poet. We prefer more conventional accommodation. Dolgun Uchaf 422269 www.guesthousessnowdonia .com tent site per person 5, bunk 10, dfrom 44 Try a 500-year-old former Quaker meeting house with an olde-worlde atmosphere...