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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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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 great botanical gardens around the world: readers tips

From the tropics to the Arctic Circle, these gardens are full of colour, wildlife, scents, and, sometimes, spectacular views and great cafes, too Winning tip: Port Augusta, South Australia The 250-hectare Arid Lands Botanical Garden on the coast in Port Augusta (three hours drive north of Adelaide) made for a wonderful visit. Not only is it free of charge, there is a cafe serving great fresh food and some fantastic Australian wine, too. The gardens are a joy to wander, with plenty of bird life, amphibians and lizards, and ideas…

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A wander near Ronda: Spains empty quarter

Andalucas first parque natural is fairly unknown, yet Sierra de Grazalema is a stunning wild place of crests, gorges, hilltop the towns and vultures A goat farmer told me no one swims in the pond at Zahara de la Sierra because it’s full of fish with crocodile heads. Is that why I’m the only person in 128 sq km of cool sea on a very hot period? I subsequently learn that this manmade reservoir (< em> embalse ), the mountain ranges to the south of it, and the cliffs, ravines,…

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20 of the best campsites in Europe

A tent is your cheap ticket to wild beauty spots across Europe, from Swedish reservoirs to Greek beaches with walk-to, wildlife and stargazing on tap Le Clos du Lac , Provence, France Setting Mountains Pitches 50 Activities Fishing, swimmingPerched at 1,485 metres on the leading edge of Ecrins national park, this mountain site offers Instagrammable views from the tent door and a range of picture-perfect outdoor experiences. Serre-Poncon lake is a short walk away, for swimming or angling, and nearby Boscodon forest has a host of hiking trails. At the…

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