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  • Could you give up flying? Meet the no-plane pioneers

    Posted 2019-05-22 04:51:43 by: bossgate

    Growing numbers of travellers are abandoning air travel to help save the planet – even if it means spending 14 days on a trainIt has taken Roger Tyers four days to reach Moscow by train from Kiev. His destination is Beijing: a trip that will take 14 days, with a couple of overnight stops along the way. Tyers, an environmental sociologist at the University of Southampton, is on his way to China to research attitudes to the environment, the climate emergency and personal responsibility. “Given that, I thought it would be somewhat hypocritical of me to fly,” he says over Skype from his hostel room.It has been months in the planning – he had to convince his bosses to give him a month off to travel to and from China. Has it been a pain? “It definitely has. It’s a matter of getting your train schedule in line with your visa requirements. I didn’t realise I needed a visa to travel through Mongolia, even though I’m not stopping there. There have been moments when I’ve been close to giving up and either cancelling the whole trip or just booking a flight.” But he is glad he has stuck with it, he says. “I have to prove it is possible.” Continue ...

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  • Send us a tip on a scenic cycling route in Europe for a chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

    Posted 2019-05-21 15:38:31 by: bossgate

    From lung-busting alpine ascents to a family pootles along the river, we want to hear about your favourite picturesque cycling route on the continentWhether you cycled off-road or on, wore full Lycra or had the kids in tow, we want to hear about great scenic cycling routes in Europe (sorry, not the UK on this occasion).It could be a self-guided tour lugging everything on your bike, or a posh package where luggage is transferred for you. Length of route isn’t important – it’s the scenery we want to hear about. Continue ...

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  • Eden Project plans $150m ecotourism site for Victorian coalmine

    Posted 2019-05-21 06:10:04 by: bossgate

    Joint venture aims to turn Alcoa’s open-cut mine site into Anglesea project near Great Ocean RoadA UK charity that redeveloped a china clay quarry in Cornwall into a major ecotourism project has its eyes on Alcoa’s former coalmine in Anglesea, Victoria.The Eden Project and Alcoa announced a plan to turn a portion of the site into a $150m ecotourism attraction based around Anglesea’s coastal location. They say they will seek input from the community. Continue ...

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  • Changing travel: the sustainable startups boosted by awards from Booking.com

    Posted 2019-05-21 05:30:31 by: bossgate

    Ten eco-minded startups to receive assistance from a €2m fund, including a social enterprise training trekking guides in NepalDigital travel firm Booking.com has announced the sustainable travel startups that will receive financial assistance from its 2019 Booking Booster programme. As part of the programme – which has a fund of €2m – awards have been made to a variety of organisations, from a social enterprise training at-risk women to become trekking guides in Nepal, to a hotel school helping young people in Indonesia kickstart their careers.Each organisation’s plans were judged by a panel, including Booking Booster ambassador, Livia Firth. At the awards event Firth spoke about the importance of supporting sustainable travel. “Whoever we are and wherever we work – whether in startups, established companies, policymakers or members of government – we have the power to make a difference every day,” she said. “Today we know that we can also make a huge difference when we book a trip.” Continue ...

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  • Radicalism, rebellion and Robert Kett: a walk through Norwich’s history

    Posted 2019-05-20 05:30:24 by: bossgate

    With views of its castle and Cow Tower, along riverside and through woods, author Jon McGregor’s stroll reveals a rich tale of Norwich’s protesting pastYou may think of Norwich as a gentle and uncomplaining sort of a place but the city has a long history of radicalism and protest. On this short afternoon’s walk I’d like to introduce you to a gentleman farmer named Robert Kett, a key figure in the city’s history of rebellion.Start from the railway station, crossing the river to the Compleat Angler pub, where steps lead from the terrace to a pleasant riverside path. Pass the flint archway of Pull’s Ferry, where the Normandy limestone was unloaded for the construction of Norwich Cathedral, which you can see soaring skywards to your left. Continue along the river to the looming mud-red round structure known as Cow Tower. Glance towards the escarpment behind the houses on the other side of the river, and consider the military significance of placing an artillery tower here, at a bend in the river and facing the high ground to the north-east. Keep this in mind. Continue ...

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  • 'Instant calm to the soul': the magic of Cape Clear, Ireland

    Posted 2019-05-19 06:00:06 by: bossgate

    Whether in search of peace, or adventure, this tiny County Cork island is a haven for escapistsCape Clear, Ireland’s most southerly island, has been my getaway for almost 30 years. It is the place where I forget which day of the week it is. It’s where I go to imagine a world without Brexit and Trump. The island has a spirit that brings instant calm to the soul. I once had the good fortune to live there for four months. It was then that I first began to write, finding the serenity to hone the craft that would eventually lead to my first novel. Related: Hot tubs, saunas and seaweed soaks on Ireland’s west coast Continue ...

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  • Dolomites Bike Day: ‘Europe’s biggest traffic-free cycle ride’ | Martin Love

    Posted 2019-05-19 05:00:09 by: bossgate

    Twisting roads, mountain scenery, great atmosphere – and not a car in sight. This is the best time of year to see the Dolomites by bikeDolomites Bike DayWhen 16 June, 9am to 3pmWhere Alta Badia, ItalyPrice Free, open to allDetails dolomitesbikeday.itAt the back of every cyclist’s mind is the worrying thought: ‘What if there is a car around the next bend?’ It’s no surprise, therefore, that the most popular bike events usually take place on closed roads. The biggest and best of these is the annual Bike Day held in the Dolomites. You can pedal along an astonishing 108km of blissfully traffic-free tarmac. The event, now in its third year, is the largest in Europe. It’s very much a celebration of the joys of all things two-wheeled and it prides itself on being inclusive. Riders of every age and any experience are welcome. It’s totally free and you don’t even have to register – just turn up, pedal and enjoy yourself. Continue ...

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  • Top 10 new outdoor artworks and exhibitions in the UK

    Posted 2019-05-18 11:00:36 by: bossgate

    This crop of summer exhibitions by world-class artists in sculpture parks, gardens and beaches all make for a grand day outDale Chihuly, the celebrated US glass artist, exhibited at Kew Gardens 13 years ago. It was his most recent major outdoor show in Europe – and one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at Kew. Now he is back with Chihuly: Reflections on nature – 32 dazzling installations, including his Sapphire Star, the Seaforms series and a new work specially designed for the Temperate House, which recently reopened after £41m restoration. From August, the gardens will open late for selected Chihuly Nights, when the artworks will be illuminated and set to music. The Botanical and Pavilion restaurants will also stay open late, plus there will be ice-cream stands and prosecco bars.• Included with entry to the gardens – from £16.50 adult, £4.50 child over four, until 27 October, kew.org Continue ...

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  • 10 classic UK trips by public transport

    Posted 2019-05-18 06:00:27 by: bossgate

    Trains in hidden valleys, scenic bus routes, fun ferry rides … many journeys are better by public transport. Kevin Rushby plots exciting itineraries for the carefree and car-freeWith a car, most of these amazing journeys are impossible or prohibitively expensive. Most of these 10 routes could be done in a day or with a single overnight, but ideally you will spread them over a weekend, using the opportunity to hike over a mountain, laze by a lake or build a sandcastle. All routes only use public transport or scheduled services on heritage railways.Times given are for Saturdays and Sundays through the summer unless stated. Ticket prices (correct as of 14 May, 2019) are regular adult singles except where stated Continue ...

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  • Bistro Lotte, Frome, Somerset: B&B review

    Posted 2019-05-17 11:09:32 by: bossgate

    In this Somerset town known for indie shops, a makeover of a former grocery has fabulous French food and fuss-free roomsSt Catherine’s Quarter in Frome looks like the set for an English rom-com. Winding cobbled streets lead towards the river, flanked by old stone buildings or pastel-painted antique shops – no chain stores in sight. There’s a working gas lamp dedicated to St Valentine, with a renovated George V postbox attached, and a love seat nearby, all clearly waiting for Richard Curtis to call “Action.”At the top of the hill, on Catherine Street, the words “Grocery and Provision Stores” are scrolled in gold on the facade of what is now a restaurant. Step inside and all signs of English market town disappear: Bistro Lotte is a decidedly French affair. It’s Friday lunchtime and the boho clientele (I spy a man with a Dalí-esque moustache, while others have popped in after walking the dogs) are tucking into moules-frites and carafes of wine. Continue ...

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