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The wood life: my four days immersed in Latvia’s forests

Half of Latvia is woodland so no wonder its people derive so much wellbeing from foraging, ancient forest crafts and being at one with nature In Japan its called shinrin-yoku (forest bathing); in Norway its friluftsliv (appreciation of outdoors activity and nature). But in Latvia theres no special term for it. We dont need one this is just normal behaviour for Latvians, said Sigita Kltniece, our walk leader in a crisp, cold Gauja national park in the countrys north-east. We stood and breathed deeply, as light dappled through the snow-speckled…

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10 of the best pilgrim routes in Europe: readers travel tips

From marching with monks to heavenly Korean food, our tipsters have experienced joy spiritual and earthly on these venerable trails Winning tip: Pilgrims Way, Winchester to Canterbury A 10-day pilgrimage from Winchester to Canterbury, following Walking The Pilgrims Way by Leigh Hatts (Cicerone), included many ups and downs, both literal and emotional. There are many glorious parts of the walk, but the one that took my breath away was the hard push up Hackhurst Downs in Surrey, through a gorgeous yew-lined avenue, which then opened magnificently on to Blatchford Down.…

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10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers expose their favourite unspoilt corners Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we spent a couple of periods hiking them from our base in the beautiful town of Victoria; the open-air market had everything we needed for the day, and trail labels were excellent. We abode at elanillodepicos.com Adan Profile Readers’ gratuities competitor: send a tip-off for a chance to win a PS200 voucher Show Hide Every week we request our readers for recommendations from their trips.…

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Six of the best US national trails chosen by experts

To mark todays 50 th commemoration of the US national trails system, six hikers and outdoor columnists pick their favourite roads across the American wilderness Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Length : 3,700 miles Route : St Louis, Missouri , north-west over the Rockies to Oregon By Bart Smith, as told to William R Buck The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail follows the safarus of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, sent to explore the West by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804. They began near St Louis, Missouri,…

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10 of the best off-grid adventures in Europe: readers tips

From islands in Sweden to peaks in Georgia, readers divulge their favourite unspoilt corners Winning tip: Roaming Romania The Fagaras are Romania’s highest mountains and we invested a couple of days hiking them from our base in the beautiful township of Victoria; the open-air sell had everything we needed for the day, and trail markings were excellent. We stood at elanillodepicos.com Adan Profile Readers’ tips competition: send a tip-off for the opportunity to win a PS200 voucher Show Hide Every week we request our readers for recommendations from their travellings.…

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