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A road trip through Provence
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A road trip through Provence

By Ella Perryman

France expert Carolyn Boyd is no stranger to Provence. So when we asked her to send through her best tips for a visit, it was no surprise that she sent back a wonderful road trip through some of the famous… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to the Cotswolds
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Slow Guide to the Cotswolds

By Chris Elmes

If you think the Cotswolds is just a giant oil painting you can walk around in, it’s time to take a closer look. On our visit in June we found that while there certainly is impressive history and an abundance… Continue reading >

The science of water
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The science of water

By Tessa Glover

“One of the many possible ways to describe life would be as a series of encounters with various bodies of water. Time spent in, on, under, or near water interspersed with the periods spent thinking about where, when, and how… Continue reading >

Guides

Slow Guide to Sussex
Guides - 5 min read

Slow Guide to Sussex

By Ella Perryman

After seeing a surge of interest in Sussex on our site, we headed over to find out if the county could break our Bristolian habit of heading west on holiday. We found charming towns that wore their coastal setting with… Continue reading >

Slow guide to the Lake District
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Slow guide to the Lake District

By Chris Elmes

Our perception of The Lake District was as a vast place that was all about long, challenging hikes to windblown peaks. Our trip, thanks to a little research and a lot of local advice, turned out to be much more… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Devon
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Slow Guide to Devon

By Chris Elmes

Everything about creating this guide felt a little different. For previous editions, we’ve travelled to Yorkshire and Northumberland, so far from our Bristol base that everything felt like a discovery. When it came to planning our trip to Devon, which… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Northumberland
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Slow Guide to Northumberland

By Tessa Glover

Our trip to Northumberland presented us with some striking contrasts. We visited Britain’s smallest museum and a bookshop big enough to have an in-house train, contemplated a huge wilderness that was mostly man-made and found a 300-yard walk that took… Continue reading >

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Inspiration

Our best dog-friendly beach breaks
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Our best dog-friendly beach breaks

By Ella Perryman

There really is nothing like a weekend by the sea, breathing in the fresh salty air and escaping the daily grind. It’s even better when you’ve got your four-legged-friend right by your side – after all the beach is their… Continue reading >

Four brilliant British staycations
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Four brilliant British staycations

By Claire Maguire

Whether your idea of the perfect holiday is a bustling city break, barefoot strolling on sandy beaches or bracing hikes through rugged mountains, you needn’t look much further than your own doorstep. The UK is home to a dizzying variety… Continue reading >

An eco-friendly guide to North Yorkshire
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An eco-friendly guide to North Yorkshire

By Siobhan Lawless

North Yorkshire is famed for its carving dales, heather-dotted moors and winding rivers cascading into deep pools. It’s a landscape deeply loved and passionately protected in many ways, from green-powered country houses to a new wave of craft distilleries producing… Continue reading >

Best UK hikes for celebrating spring
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Best UK hikes for celebrating spring

By Ella Perryman

Spring is a time to come out of that post-Christmas hibernation and get back out into nature. Flowers begin popping up again, animals start to re-emerge from their slumber and you may even get the odd t-shirt day too. We… Continue reading >

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Journeys

Discover Andalucía: 500 years after Magellan set off around the world
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Discover Andalucía: 500 years after Magellan set off around the world

By Sarah Baxter

Travel journalist and award-winning writer Sarah Baxter travelled to southwest Andalucía earlier this year in celebration of the Magellan Anniversary – 500 years since Ferdinand Magellan set off from Seville to circumnavigate the world. We follow Sarah as she explores… Continue reading >

Marche: Walking Italy’s less-travelled paths
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Marche: Walking Italy’s less-travelled paths

By Chris Elmes

We sent Nell and Luke, of unique slow travel blog What if We Walked, on a hiking tour of the little-known Marche region of Italy. They trekked limestone ridges to medieval villages, heard local legends, sampled stuffed olive delicacies, and… Continue reading >

Alentejo: Portugal’s wildest region on a budget
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Alentejo: Portugal’s wildest region on a budget

By Ella Perryman

Last year, we sent travel journalist Hannah Summers to Portugal’s Alentejo for the first time. What she found was a region full of authentic food, rugged beaches, affordable accommodation and very little crowds. It’s 10am at Praia de Odeceixe and… Continue reading >

Loire Valley: a fairytale alternative to Disneyland
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Loire Valley: a fairytale alternative to Disneyland

By Chris Elmes

We sent freelance editor, journalist and France expert Carolyn Boyd (and her young family) to the Loire Valley, to discover why the region is the perfect alternative to Disneyland and overcrowded resort holidays. They discover gothic châteaux, giant art installations… Continue reading >

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