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UK weather: Snow and ferocious 80mph winds spark travel chaos and destruction

ES News Email<p>The UK has been battered by snow and ferocious 80mph winds which blew the roof off a house and brought trees down onto roads and …

Weather

Scenic train journeys in the Lake District

There are several scenic train journeys that take you an alternative tour of the Lake District. Pass through England’s highest mountain range and …

England

Kendal to host its second Walking Festival | The Great Outdoors

15th January 2018<p><b>Three days of guided walking for all abilities</b><p><i>Friday 11 – Sunday 13 May 2018</i><p>The second Kendal Walking Festival (11 – 13 May 2018) …

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21 Most Beautiful Villages in the UK

Britain is home to some of the most charming, heart-melting villages in the world. With quaint pubs, idyllic stone cottages, and fantastic country …

England

A passion for teaching

<b>Tell us about what you do</b><p>I’m currently a PhD student and clinical demonstrator at the University of Bradford. I’m researching factors that affect …

Optometry

Britain's Next Megaproject: A Coast-to-Coast Forest

The plan is for 50 million new trees to repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north.<p>Northern England is set to get a whole lot greener. On Sunday, the U.K. government unveiled plans for a vast new forest spanning the country …

Top ten motorcycle riding routes in the UK

Despite having ridden around the world, I firmly believe that the UK still has some of the best riding anywhere on the globe; you just need to know …

England

The day my yoga descended into giggles

I corpsed, not in shavasana, but in a gut-splitting, helpless, giggling fit, writes Fi Oakes<p>Reading Tim Dowling’s article (Now you’re talking, 6 January), I was reminded of my only foray into a yoga retreat in 2003. A perfect Yorkshire Dales setting, organic vegetarian garden food and a renowned …

West Yorkshire

3 Yorkshire Walks with cool rock formations!

If you can get your kids interested in visiting somewhere because it’s cool, has something interesting to look at, find, or leap on, then the battle …

England

After Brexit, England will have to rethink its identity

It was once a byword for calm, but that nation is no more. Instead, England has become jittery and impulsive<p>The negotiations over Britain’s relations with Europe, the controversy surrounding the border in Ireland and the continuing power of Scottish national sentiment are obliging the English to …

American Philosophy

Arthur Guise obituary

My father, Arthur Guise, who has died aged 86, was a silversmith and fine metalworker, as well as an accomplished engineer, inventor, woodworker and collector.<p>His death was a shock to his family - we were sure he would see his 90s. He often told us he still felt not 86, but 26, and into his 70s he …

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Pictures of the Day: 7 January 2018

Theresa May

Creature Comforts: The Ethics of Keeping Pets

Reading Time: 8 minutes<p>Recently I’ve become slightly obsessed with a pet rescue charity in Harbin, China. Through social media, I watch them save …

Pets

Miniature houses for sale – in pictures

They may be small in scale, but these tiny properties are packed with features – though sadly the prices aren’t also squeezed

Houses

Lessons on the roads

Nothing dramatic really, a tyre burst and the car broke down. It was on a nondescript motorway, in Yorkshire, on a November evening, more than a …

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The important LGBT films that are coming out in 2018

We talk to the programmer for the BFI’s Flare Festival for a lowdown on this year’s must-see movies<p>2January 2018<p>2017 has been a remarkable year for queer cinema. We’ve enjoyed multi-Golden Globe nominated, indulgent, Italian reveries in <i>Call Me By Your Name</i>; powerful and insightful documentaries …

Chloë Grace Moretz

The Great Oudoors February Issue: ice axes, Rohan Bags, OEX down jacket

The February issue of The Great Outdoors is out now and unsurprisingly has a wintry feel. On that theme I review ten ice axes and Judy Armstrong …

Outdoors

52 amazing holidays to take in 2018 – one for every week of the year

Whether you’re after half-term sunshine, a trip to the Antarctic or simply something new, here we map your year with the perfect holiday ideas for every week of 2018.<p>January<p>1. Get back in shape in Surrey<p><b>January 1-7</b><p>The dawn of a new year will often spark the urge to be healthier – but this instinct …

Alpe d'Huez

Heseltine's moment of truth and a Christmas social media miracle

A pair of Conservative old stagers are at odds over Brexit while Twitter momentarily restores my faith in humanity<p><b>Monday</b><p>Twenty-five years ago, when our daughter was just six months old, my wife and I and another family rented a miserable house on a noisy main road for Christmas – it was before the …

Referendums

Riders to hack 500 miles from Lincolnshire to Loch Ness for road safety

<b>Two riders and their cobs will be covering 500 miles to raise awareness of horses on the roads.</b><p>Megan Koss and Emily Castledine and their horses Jack …

Horses

Frozen Sheets and Ice for Brass Monkey

<b>The 2017 Brass Monkey at Yorkshire Dales SC was won by Graham Tinsley (Laser) of the home club.</b><p><i>Click image for a larger image</i><p>Single-hander dinghies …

Sailing

Peaks and froths: five wild UK walks with a classic pub

The best winter hikes end up in a warm, cosy pub. The author of Wild Pub Walks picks five glorious trails that will end in beers<p>Crickhowell, Powys<p><b>Pub</b> The Bear<b><br>Start/finish</b> Bear Hotel, Crickhowell,<br>Google map reference<b><br>Distance</b> 11.8 miles<b><br>Duration</b> 5–7 hours<b><br>OS map</b> Explorer OL13<p>It’s not hard to see how …

London

My nine top wild camps of 2017

<b>Nine of the best, from Ardgour to Norway</b><p>For the last few years it’s been my custom to do a roundup of my year in the outdoors, but this year I have …

List-Worthy

Cheers to the holiday let with sack loads of Christmas spirit.

This converted barn is now a successful holiday let thanks to location, attention to detail and plenty of Christmas spirit. Sharon Dale reports. …

Houses

Walking in a Winter Wonderland – Lake District

There is something about snowfall that triggers childlike excitement in most people. Those of us who love walking in the mountains are no different, …

North America

Country diary: tractors to the rescue on Three Peaks' icy inclines

Newby Head, Yorkshire Dales When heavy snow blocks the roads, farmer Rodney Beresford goes out to clear the way<p>Tiny snow devil vortices dance across the scene outside Newby Head Farm, 1,400ft high in Yorkshire’s Three Peaks region. But the snow that tinsels the windbreak of Douglas firs does not …

Environment

Boots on! 20 wonderful winter walks

"How nimbly you step forth!”, decreed the naturalist John Burroughs of walking in winter.<p>“The woods roar, the rivers shine, and the hills look invitingly near. You do not miss the flowers and the songsters, or wish the trees and the fields any different or the heavens any nearer. Every object …

England

Hart in Hampshire 'best place to live in UK'

<b>Hart in Hampshire is the best place to live in the UK, a study has found.</b><p>Scotland's Orkney Islands retained its second place position for a second year, while Rutland in the East Midlands came third.<p>The annual Halifax quality of life study looked at a range of factors including health, earnings, …

North Yorkshire

13 of the most popular Airbnb homes in Europe

These homes are the most popular on Airbnb's wishlists – which is where people keep track of places they're thinking of booking, or just homes that give them inspiration – across Europe.

Europe

5 awesome vacation homes to ring in the New Year

The holiday season is round the corner and we are already neck-deep in our vacation plans. Christmas & New Year holidays are the time when we unwind …

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