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Slow Guide to Dorset
Guides - 5 min read

Slow Guide to Dorset

By Chris Elmes

Famed for its stunning stretches of Jurassic coast, Dorset is as an idyll of rolling countryside, quintessential villages, towering cliffs and quiet coves. When our recent travels took us from an artists’ co-op hidden in a side street of Shaftesbury… Continue reading >

Europe’s top wildlife experiences
Inspiration - 5 min read

Europe’s top wildlife experiences

By Ella Perryman

Seeing animals in their natural environment is one of the most inspiring and humbling things you can experience as a traveller. Knowing there are no guarantees, that all you can do is put yourself in the right place and hope… Continue reading >

Tim Moore travels Portugal’s coastal trains
Journeys - 8 min read

Tim Moore travels Portugal’s coastal trains

By Tessa Glover

Writer and adventurist Tim Moore travels from Porto to Lisbon by train, relinquishing the itinerary and taking advice from strangers to find the spirit of travel is alive and well in Portugal. He cruises the Douro valley, masters an electric… Continue reading >

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Slow Guide to Yorkshire
Guides - 5 min read

Slow Guide to Yorkshire

By Tessa Glover

A city packed with ancient pubs, a town revived by a love of food, a fishing village full of painters and a landscape tapestry of history and culture. We went to Yorkshire to look beyond the image of rolling hillsides… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Cultural Cornwall
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Slow Guide to Cultural Cornwall

By Chris Elmes

Cornwall’s wild moors, echoing coves, blustering cliffs and the folds of the hills hide a wealth of cultural and culinary experiences that go far beyond a day at the seaside. So forget what you know about Cornwall. Get beyond the… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Madeira
Guides - 3 min read

Slow Guide to Madeira

By Chris Elmes

The island of Madeira is an inspiring fusion of tropical waters, towering peaks and the cultures of three continents. The seas are warm all year round and teem with an incredible array of marine life; the weather is consistently sunny,… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to the West Highlands
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Slow Guide to the West Highlands

By Chris Elmes

Travelling through the Scottish Highlands it’s hard not to feel small. Grey mountains rise above a sepia spectrum of greens and browns and tantalising roads wind into the seemingly empty landscape. We arrived expecting the humbling drama of massive scenery… Continue reading >

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Inspiration

Five places where coast and culture meet
Inspiration - 5 min read

Five places where coast and culture meet

By Chris Elmes

There’s no need to be torn between a cultural city break and a relaxing bit of beach time. Here are five of our favourite spots to spend your days wandering from sunny sands, to cool, shaded galleries and hot musical… Continue reading >

6 beautiful off-season destinations
Inspiration - 5 min read

6 beautiful off-season destinations

By Chris Elmes

How a bit of calendar cunning can get you a fresh perspective and a little peace in even the most popular places Arriving somewhere to find it crowded with sightseers can be frustrating, but dodging the hordes doesn’t have to… Continue reading >

Five stunning rail routes in Europe
Inspiration - 3 min read

Five stunning rail routes in Europe

By Chris Elmes

Travelling by train lets you surrender control, forget your ETA and give in to the languid romance of the rails. Gaze out on colourful snapshots of life between the landmarks, share unnamed snacks and smile wordless conversations with the locals… Continue reading >

48 hours in Bordeaux with Alyson Walsh
Inspiration - 5 min read

48 hours in Bordeaux with Alyson Walsh

By Tessa Glover

We sent Alyson Walsh, fashion journalist and author, to uncover Bordeaux’s best boutiques, streets and markets. She found a beautiful city on the River Garonne with handsome limestone buildings that, given the right light, emanate a gorgeous golden glow. Her… Continue reading >

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Mary Novakovich in hidden Venice
Journeys - 5 min read

Mary Novakovich in hidden Venice

By Tessa Glover

Plagued with news reports on over-tourism, unhappy locals and selfie sticks, it’s easy to wonder if Venice has been loved to death. To find out, we sent journalist and travel writer Mary Novakovich to meet local guides and discover a… Continue reading >

Lois Pryce in Cilento
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Lois Pryce in Cilento

By Tessa Glover

We sent intrepid traveller Lois Pryce to Italy’s Cilento region. Lois has motorcycled her way around the world, but for this Journey we channeled some authentic Italian spirit and sent her off in a vintage Fiat 500. Follow her journey… Continue reading >

Tim Moore in volcanic Catalonia
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Tim Moore in volcanic Catalonia

By Tessa Glover

Our fourth Journey follows Journalist and extremely adventurous traveller Tim Moore on his trip through Garrotxa, Catalonia’s volcano country. He encounters a zombie army of life-sized plaster martyrs, children fishing for moons and a hot air balloon drifting over forested… Continue reading >

Jo Keeling takes Spain’s slow train
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Jo Keeling takes Spain’s slow train

By Tessa Glover

Hopping on and off the narrow gauge FEVE railway, Jo Keeling explores Asturias and Galicia, on Spain’s unspoilt northern coast – an astonishingly green region with untamed mountains, hearty regional dishes and warm, authentic people. Jo Keeling is the editor… Continue reading >

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