Great North Road: cycling the old route from London to Edinburgh | Cycling holidays

[ad_1] As any cyclist will tell you, there’s something strangely uplifting about being on the road early. Mostly it’s a case of enjoying empty roads and morning light, but perhaps there’s a smidgeon of self-righteousness, too. Mamils have a lie in? Never. As we wheel our bikes out of the Olde Ship in the village … Read more

Bikes, boats and Betjeman: a car-free break in Wadebridge, Cornwall | Cornwall holidays

[ad_1] A rocky island emerges from thick mist. Around it, cormorants are diving into grey-green waves, which are flowering with multicoloured jellyfish. The boat pitches wildly; the skipper warns us that tope, powerful sharks, are common in these waters and not to lose our rods. He throws most of our too-small early catches overboard, including … Read more

Wine in the Wolds: a tour of Yorkshire’s vineyards | Wine holidays

[ad_1] Cow parsley, daisies and towering monkshood had all but consumed the headstones in the graveyard around the old parish church in Warter. Bumblebees and dingy skipper butterflies busied themselves at the stamens, while sheep mowed the slope yonder and a red kite hovered hungrily over a thorny hedgerow. Having mooched around indoors – the … Read more

Blyth spirit: a car-free break along the coast of Northumberland | Northumberland holidays

[ad_1] I’m swimming in the bracing sea near Blyth in Northumberland. A boat sails by, a tern flies overhead with a small silver fish in its beak, and I can feel more fish tickling my feet. Map of north-east England and Northumberland coast highlighting Blyth, Ashington and Warkworth The town’s South Beach has miles of … Read more

10 of Yorkshire’s finest hotels | Yorkshire holidays

[ad_1] Middlethorpe Hall, York A little over a mile from York’s historic centre, the 17th-century splendour of Middlethorpe Hall is an oasis of calm set in 20 acres of rolling parkland. Built by Thomas Barlow, an affluent master cutler from Sheffield, it had fallen from grace by the 1980s and been turned into a nightclub. … Read more