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  • Midsummer mystery on a walk in Herefordshire’s Twin Valleys

    Posted 2021-06-21 05:30:43 by: bossgate

    A new long-distance trail links ley lines, neolithic stones aligned for today’s summer solstice, churches and delectable views to the Black MountainWhat makes a great long distance walk? The UK has more than 1,600 with more popping up every year. Some are geographically obvious: ridge lines and riverside rambles that jump off the map. But what about the rest? Which will succeed and become hiking stalwarts like the Pennine Way or Coast-to-Coast? Herefordshire’s latest candidate is the 45-mile Twin Valley Ley Line Trail.On 30 June 1921, 100 years ago, antiquarian Alfred Watkins, a born and bred Herefordian, took a walk through the Herefordhsire hills and decided he could detect straight lines connecting ancient sites and spiritual landmarks across the countryside. He dubbed them ley lines – routes crisscrossing the landscape that our ancestors might have followed. The archaeological community was not entirely persuaded, but half a century later the counterculture movement picked up the idea. Before long, ley lines were being interpreted as anything from neolithic trade routes to UFO navigational aids. Continue ...

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  • Review: Inside the hidden-valley hotel that's Cornwall's best-kept secret

    Posted 2021-06-20 16:01:18 by: bossgate

    MailOnline Travel Editor Ted Thornhill checks into the newly refurbished Hotel Meudon, just south of Falmouth, and enjoys its Jurassic Park-style vegetation and the incredible coastal ...

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  • 10 of Britain’s best lidos

    Posted 2021-06-20 12:00:23 by: bossgate

    From Devon to Derbyshire, these glorious outdoor swimming pools make for an invigorating dipAnother clear winner in the British seaside lido beauty parade. Built in 1935 in a semi-circular shape heading out to sea, Tinside Lido has striped blue tiling and retains the original changing rooms. It also has a backdrop of Plymouth Hoe. It’s open all summer, with a wide sun terrace, fountains and a pleasing sense of frivolity along with lifeguards and essential post-swim oriented cafe.• Adults £5, juniors £4, everyoneactive.com Continue ...

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  • Changing UK coast: Morecambe – it’s never been a ‘Kiss Me Quick’ place

    Posted 2021-06-20 10:00:21 by: bossgate

    With natural wonders like Morecambe Bay and the Trough of Bowland close by, it’s no surprise a seafront Eden Project North is in the pipelineAn energy-sapping heat haze drains the life out of Morecambe Bay. Even the joyful statue of Eric Morecambe caught in his famous skipping pose looks too washed out to bring anyone sunshine. There’s nothing for it but to hasten my pace along the prom and create my own breeze as I head north.Morecambe has a chequered history of dubious town planning, including a Mr Blobby-theme park that flopped before it opened. Twenty years ago, before the refurbishment of the Midland Hotel added a much-needed dash of art deco glamour, it inspired the first Crap Towns book. Continue ...

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  • New York - then and now: Vintage pictures of Manhattan matched with images of the modern-day scenes

    Posted 2021-06-20 09:22:13 by: bossgate

    Mesmerising photo book New York - Then and Now takes the reader on a fascinating journey through The Big Apple's history using old and new pictures of its iconic ...

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  • You don’t come on holiday to Blackpool for a good night’s sleep

    Posted 2021-06-20 06:00:16 by: bossgate

    The resort still offers fun and naughtiness, but now has an arty B&B and some classy food if, for some reason, you don’t want cod and chipsA trip to Ibiza to watch the sunset at Cafe del Mar may be off the cards for most this summer, but there’s always Blackpool.Sitting with a gin and tonic in the Bloom Bar at the end of the North Pier reaffirmed my long-held belief that there is nowhere better to watch the sun dip below the horizon than the Lancastrian coast. Even the seagulls, chip-nicking menaces by day, take on a poetic quality as silhouettes in the pinky-purple evening light, with Black Combe, the Lake District’s most western fell, just visible to the north. Continue ...

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  • Great British boltholes: A review of Locanda On The Weir, Somerset

    Posted 2021-06-19 21:01:37 by: bossgate

    The Mail on Sunday's Jane Knight checked into Locanda On The Weir in Somerset. She was wowed by the food and liked the decor, which blends English country style with Italian ...

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  • Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Discover Holland in full bloom with Charlie Dimmock

    Posted 2021-06-19 21:00:52 by: bossgate

    On this superb seven-day river cruise, you will experience the very best of the glorious Netherlands. You will also meet and hear from television gardening favourite Charlie ...

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  • Fancy a city break? Liverpool's just fab and is great value for families

    Posted 2021-06-19 21:00:49 by: bossgate

    Every week our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the legwork so you don't have to. This week: Why Liverpool is perfect for a city ...

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  • Discovering the New Forest's 43 miles of glorious shoreline

    Posted 2021-06-19 21:00:46 by: bossgate

    The Mail on Sunday's Lydia Bell spent a weekend cycling, paddleboarding and walking in the New Forest. She stayed at the family-owned Montagu Arms Hotel in ...

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