Welsh cottages
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Postcard from . . . Wales

The Welsh village of Llanfrothen has what could be the perfect village shop

Destination inspiration

Survival expert Bear Grylls during the shoot for the Dos Equis Most Interesting Academy webisodes which feature Grylls? top urban survival tips and will be available online at MostInterestingAcademy.com on June 18. Bear Grylls is a distinguished instructor for the Dos Equis Most Interesting Academy?s ?Survival in the Modern Era? course. (Casey Rodgers / AP Images for Dos Equis) **EXCLUSIVE****EXCLUSIVE**
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Dates and details of global events and spectacles, such as Sydney’s Crave Food Fair (above), to build an adventure, a holiday or a trip around
Table Mountain view
A look at what the country can offer to urbanites and adventurers alike
Bannockburn Battle Game
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Don your 3D glasses to fight Scotland’s ‘auld enemy’

A new attraction at the historic site enables visitors to relive the confrontation between Robert the Bruce’s followers against a mightier English invasion force

A handmade egg is decorated at Bettys Craft Bakery

Postcard from . . . Yorkshire

A behind-the-scenes visit to the company celebrated for its classy tea rooms, cakes and Easter treats

Gilpin Lodge

British weekend retreats

Hotels and holiday homes perfect for a short break

The Seaside Boarding House near the cliffs at Burton Bradstock, Dorset

West Country revival

Hoteliers are preparing to bounce back from a grim winter with a swathe of new openings

Dylan Thomas
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Postcard from . . . Laugharne: Dead poet’s society

For the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth, Laugharne is preparing all manner of celebrations

Charlotte Sainsbury-Plaice and Zara Colchester
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England on horseback

Canter into the past on a rural ride

Lake at the Wilderness Reserve

From selling houses to buying woods

The founder of Foxtons has a very different new project: a ‘wilderness reserve’ in eastern England

UK storm leaves east coast battered

Lack of more serious damage suggests advances in flood defence

Neil O’Sullivan with his son Sam, daughter Beth and ‘Wolverine’ at Harlyn Bay in Cornwall
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On the road in a classic V Dub bus

Production of the VW van finally ends next month but rental companies are keeping the hippy dream alive

Postcard from . . . Devon

It is the marriage of stillness and motion that makes any time on a boat so dreamlike

The rebirth of cool

Can a hulking business hotel in London be turned into a hipster hang-out?

What the river knew

In the last of our series, John McDermott boats down the Thames, whose banks are replete with gentle English eccentricity

Cornerstones of a northern archipelago

From Neolithic sites to ancient farming traditions – it is worth braving the rain to discover the Orkney Islands

John O’Groats gets a makeover

The much-maligned village at the northernmost tip of Britain has a new hotel and a £7m new look

The Inn at John O’Groats: a fresh start for the end of the world

The much-maligned village at the furthest tip of Britain has a new hotel and a £7m new look

Postcard from ... Goodwood

Wheelchair user Jonathan Percy returns to the driver’s seat – in a Ferrari supercar

On location: ‘About Time’, Cornwall

Richard Curtis has made Britain look good in this latest romcom set

England’s hidden churches

Seek out some of England’s best hidden churches, preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust

Postcard from ... Devon

An English road trip should be leisurely, and there is no better travelling companion than the A361

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