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Scotlands best Highland bothy weekend adventures

Explore some of the most stunning scenery in Scotland with this pick of wilderness walks from a new guide to routes that take in free bothies Eastern Highlands Lochnagar and Gelder Shiel Stable bothy from Balmoral Why do it? An adventurous round of Lochnagars awe-inspiring north-east corrie from Gelder Shiel Stable, with grandstand views of the crags towering over the loch that gives the mountain its nameDistance 13 miles; 6.5-8 hours over two days (in summer conditions)Grade Straightforward Rising nobly above Royal Deeside, on the edge of the sprawling Mounth…

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The sweet air of the Cvennes: a British writer on life in the rural heart of France

As the Cvennes national park celebrates its 50th anniversary, Adam Thorpe reflects on how the intricate hills of the Massif Central protect its wildlife and way of life I sometimes think of the Cvennes as the massive knuckles of a sleeping green giant. Insular, tough-minded and Protestant, our home for the last 30 years has sharp granite and limestone hills that here and there stretch up out of deep valleys into proper mountains. Much of it is felted in dwarf holm oak, the evergreen and often impenetrable stuff of southern…

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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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