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Favourite UK riverside walks: readers’ travel tips

Hundreds of you sent us tips on riverside walks, ranging from city strolls to hikes to be tackled over several days. Here are some of the best

If you have a long weekend to spare, track the River Ouse from source to sea. Starting near Horsham in West Sussex, the 42-mile Sussex Ouse Valley Way passes through both the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty and the South Downs national park. You will cross fields and walk through woodland as well as the extensive Nymans Garden, owned by the National Trust. The route passes under an impressive Victorian railway viaduct near Balcombe and takes in the historic county town of Lewes before a stretch of flat riverside walking as you approach the coast and the finish at Seaford Bay in East Sussex.
Alison Field

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Italy threatens to ban Ryanair over alleged Covid-19 guideline violations

Dublin-based airline, previously criticised by German health authorities, denies accusations of non-compliance

Italy’s aviation regulator has threatened to ban Ryanair from its skies, alleging that the airline has not complied with rules brought in to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The Italian civil aviation authority Enac accused the Dublin-based airline of “repeated violation of anti-Covid-19 health measures drafted by the Italian government and in force to protect passengers’ health”.

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Puddles, soggy tents and gas leaks: the joys of Covid-safe camping

Many holidaymakers have been bitten by the camping bug after lockdown but things don’t always go as planned

“We’re not natural campers, we normally just book a villa somewhere,” said Jen Chandler, 37, a doctor who lives in Monmouthshire with her husband and two daughters, Isobel, nine, and Harriet, seven. “But my husband and I are both doctors and have been very busy during lockdown, so we were desperate for a break and change of scene.”

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UK tourists would rather cancel a trip than enter quarantine or wear masks

YouGov poll is bad news for travel industry as uncertainty around Covid restrictions causes swathes of cancellations and redundancies

Most UK holidaymakers would cancel a holiday if they had to wear a mask in public on a trip, according to a new report. A YouGov survey released this week found that two-thirds of people (65%) would cancel if masks were mandatory at all times, 43% would still cancel if only compulsory inside, while 70% would scrap the holiday if they had to quarantine on return.

The results come as the industry continues to face cancellations and redundancies, after Spain was removed from the UK government’s travel corridor list on 26 July. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has forecast 3 million job losses across the UK tourism sector with “uncoordinated” restrictions deterring travellers.

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Greetings! walkers, cyclists and dogs are all welcome at this Scarborough hotel

A hotel with a hostel vibe, Bike & Boot is geared up for those who love the great outdoors, though actually there’s little lycra on show

Checking in at a hotel while on a cycling and walking tour, I invariably feel the need to apologise. “Sorry about the muddy boots,” or “Sorry about my dripping bike – is there anywhere I can put it?” It’s one of the reasons I prefer to camp or use a hostel. No matter how “walker/cyclist-friendly” a hotel might purport to be, I almost always feel a bit out of place. So, I was intrigued by the possibilities of Bike & Boot, a new hotel that opened this month in the traditional North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough.

The former Mount Hotel was boarded up when Simon Kershaw and Simon Rhatigan bought it last year. One of those large, gracious, sea-view establishments that forms an entire terrace, it had once been a hotel of some prestige, but its glory had faded. Having enjoyed careers in the hotel and leisure industries, the two Simons decided it would make the ideal venue for a joint venture. The renovation took 18 months and “roughly £2m” and has resulted in a hotel/hostel specifically for cyclists, walkers and dog-owners.

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Send a tip on a place to eat near the motorway for the chance to win a £200 holiday voucher

Tell us about a place to refuel on local food and avoid overpriced UK service stations and you could win a great prize from Canopy & Stars

Avoiding the motorway is nigh on impossible at this time of year, especially with so many of us holidaying at home in the UK. But that doesn’t mean we can’t escape them for an hour in a friendly little place that serves great local produce, swerving homogenous fare at service stations – and the crowds inside them.

This week we want to hear about the best cafes, teashops and restaurants near busy motorway junctions – pitstops that will make the journey not just bearable but add a little something special to it, like a nice meal or snack and perhaps a garden or nearby green space to stretch your legs.

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Sun, sea, seafood … and few Covid cases: summer in southern Puglia

The Salento, in the heel of Italy’s boot, saw relatively low infection rates, but it has lost many international visitors this year, which means savings can be had

Gilda Siena likes to talk – so much so she is known among her guests as “the chatty woman”.

In the decade since she bought a 19th-century building once inhabited by Venetian nobility in the Salento area – at the southern tip (the heel) of Italy’s Puglia region – and made it into boutique hotel Palazzo Siena-Home & More, this aspect of her personality has led to many friendships.

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Up hill, down dale: five beautiful cycle trails in the north of England

Byways in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland make for scenic and challenging rides. The writer of a new book, Lost Lanes Northern England, chooses his favourites

From the city of York to the highest village in East Yorkshire’s big sky country

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10 of the UK’s best gardens to explore

Old roses, hidden temples, forgotten orchards – find peace and beauty in these romantic idylls

Colin Firth described this National Trust-owned garden in the foothills of Snowdonia as “spellbinding and wonderfully peaceful” after shooting scenes there for the new film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic, The Secret Garden, released later this year. Among the garden highlights making their big-screen debut were the laburnum arch, a 55m walkway beneath a canopy of golden flowers, and an idyllic stream that runs through a gorge garden, where the Mary Lennox character goes swimming in the film.
• Open daily. Booking essential. The shop and caf
e are currently closed. Admission: adults £8, children £4, family £20, nationaltrust.org.uk/bodnant-garden

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Out to play: the best things to do around the UK this week

From pop-up dining boxes in Salford to being cast away in Cornwall, here’s our weekly pick of attractions and events

Last week’s selection – all still going on

Support local artists while dining waterside by the Quays in Salford, at Box on the Docks, which launches today. Private dining pods seating two to six people have each been curated by a different local artist or collective, with light and sound installations, murals and more. Designs range from graffitied greenhouses to a wooden hut inscribed with poetry and another shaped like a giant record box, plus plenty of deckchairs on the grass. Grindsmith has four pods serving coffee, cake and ice-cream to walk-ins; others are taking bookings, including cocktail bar The Alchemist, plant-based cafe Vertigo (from 3 August) and Dockyard, offering craft ales and pub grub. Times vary, but there’s something on offer most days from breakfast to late evening drinks, with more restaurants to follow in the coming weeks.
boxonthedocks.co.uk

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Time for a micro adventure: 15 action-packed day trips in the UK

Get your adrenaline fix paddleboarding, island-hopping, mountain biking and lots more …

Combine snorkelling and kayaking on a new tour around the Cornish coast from Newquay. Paddle around the craggy shoreline exploring caves and coves, then moor up in a sheltered inlet to discover what lies beneath the waves on a guided snorkel. The Marine Conservation Zone is home to wildlife from dolphins to seahorses (it’s one of the few breeding sites in the UK). Wetsuits and all other equipment are provided. If you’ve still energy to spare, try a surf lesson in the afternoon. Snorkel Kayak Tour, two-hours, £55, surf lesson, £35 (newquayactivitycentre.co.uk)

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