Walk of the Week: the Macclesfield Canal and Middlewood Way

Explore one of England’s ‘Walkers are Welcome’ towns on this delightful 2½-mile circular route. 

The best little-known lakes in England

Discover our favourite bodies of water away from the Lake District.

The Gentleman Pirate of Barbados

Stede Bonnet (1688-1718) was an unlikely Barbadian pirate because he was a wealthy landowner of a 400-acre estate southeast of Bridgetown. For some unexplained reason, and despite his lack of sailing experience, he abandoned his wife, children, land and fortune, and turned to piracy in 1717. It was rumoured he had marital problems, or he…

Exploring France away from the crowds: a summer holiday in the Vendée

This French region has all the ingredients for a classic family holiday.

Beards and Bims – the naming of Barbados

Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos ‘discovered’ Barbados in 1536, and it was he who named the island Los Barbados, which means ‘the bearded ones’.

Life is sweet: Barbados’ Crop Over festival

The origins of the festival can be traced back to the 1780s when Barbados was one of the world’s largest producers of sugar.

The best paddleboarding routes in England

Our favourite lesser-known SUP spots from around the country.

The best wildlife encounters in Rwanda

Your comprehensive guide to finding Rwanda’s most intriguing wildlife including gorillas, chameleons and rhinos.

Phoebe Smith’s favourite small hills in Wales

Discover the best hillwalking spots away from the crowds.

The best walking routes in Switzerland

Explore some of the most dramatic Swiss landscapes on foot with five of its top walks.