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10 British woodland wonders to discover this summer

10 British woodland wonders to discover this summer

All is not quite as it seems in this ancient semi-natural woodland lining the southern bank of the Ure. Gnarled sessile oaks speak of great age, now interspersed with wych elm, sycamore, rowan, ash and silver birch. But those moss-greened ruins peering out from the greenery aren’t actually the remains of Roman temples or medieval...

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The 20 best grand British seaside hotels

The 20 best grand British seaside hotels

Once upon a time, there was nowhere so redolent with glamour as a Great British seaside hotel in the summer season and – for a while – the Grand Hotel in Scarborough led the pack. The Grand opened in 1867 and was reputedly Europe’s largest hotel. Yet recently, one mayoral candidate branded it “the shame...

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How a Welsh pub was rebuilt brick by brick and taken back to 1915

How a Welsh pub was rebuilt brick by brick and taken back to 1915

Five more buildings remade brick by brick St Fagans is a treasure trove of old buildings, remade. In its new home The Vulcan sits beside a row of shops and a working men’s club, both of which appeared in 2007 in an episode of Doctor Who set in the 1910s, thanks to their period accuracy....

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The best places to go fossil hunting in Britain

The best places to go fossil hunting in Britain

Crail Harbour Gallery and Tea room is a characterful café with sea views (01333 451896; crailharbourgallery.co.uk) .  UK Association of Fossil Hunters occasionally runs guided fossil walks at Crail and other locations around the UK (ukafh)  Best find? Hard to beat those track marks of the giant centipede.  Boggle Hole, Yorkshire A one-mile hike south...

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What is at stake in UK local voting ahead of a looming general election

What is at stake in UK local voting ahead of a looming general election

LONDON (AP) — Millions of voters in England and Wales cast ballots Thursday in an array of local elections amounting to the last big test before a U.K. general election that all indicators suggest will see the Conservative Party ousted from power after 14 years. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will hope he can point to...

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The 20 most beautiful seaside villages in Britain

The 20 most beautiful seaside villages in Britain

There’s just something about the British seaside – we do really love to be beside it. Even in an era of cheap and easy flights to hot and sandy places, the idea of hanging out on the UK coast still manages to exert a strong pull. Specifically, in its little villages. Spots that don’t have...

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The perfect UK holiday for every month of the year

The perfect UK holiday for every month of the year

This venerable event is one of the UK’s most extensive hike-fests, and the 2024 programme includes dawn chorus strolls, walks and riverboat trips, as well as haiku-writing hikes, and ambles on Orford Ness (lovely for walking in early spring, too, and this month worth pairing with nearby Halesworth’s theatrical INK Festival, finishes 14 April; inkfestival.org). ...