Kate Simon

Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.

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Newcastle, as you've never seen it before

In a bid to uncover the region's wilder side, Kate Simon sets off to explore on two wheels

Traveller's guide: Puglia

Dramatic coastlines, untouched nature reserves and some of the country’s best food and wine are luring more holidaymakers to Italy’s heel, says Kate Simon.

Peak of perfection: Derbyshire offers excellent walking

Countyfile: Derbyshire - Put your best foot forward in the Peak District

The curious custom of "well dressing" is on display today in Eyam, Holymoorside, Foolow and Wormhill (0845 833 0970; visitpeakdistrict.com/see-and-do; donations welcome). This ancient art of decorating springs and wells with fresh and dried natural materials, such as flowers, berries and leaves, is thought to date back to the Celts and takes place only in Derbyshire and around its borders. Decorations are displayed until the first week of September.

Journey to the source: Monty Halls' marine adventures

The TV presenter and qualified marine biologist brings his expertise to the south coast with new tours. Kate Simon signs up.

Picture perfect: Monet’s garden

Make your break a masterpiece: Exploring fine art

A picture-perfect trip is yours for the taking thanks to a range of companies devoted to helping you explore the finest art. Kate Simon sketches out the new Grand Tours

History brought to life: Housesteads Roman fort

Countyfile: Northumberland - Follow the historic trails of the Vikings and Romans

It's the last chance to see a Viking battle at Lindisfarne Priory today (01289 389200; www.english-heritage.org.uk; admission £6.50). "The Vikings Return: Viking Raiders" will aim to recreate the atmosphere of AD793 when Lindisfarne was the scene of the first assaults on the north-east coast of England by these marauders. Rather less combative entertainment is also on offer at this specially reconstructed Viking encampment. See the armour they wore and weapons they used, and there's also a replica of a Viking longship to admire.

Wood for the trees: Go Ape's Segways in Sherwood Forest

Countyfile: Nottinghamshire - Sherwood Forest comes alive for summer 2012

There's plenty new to do at Sherwood Forest this summer. Go Ape! Sherwood Pines (0845 643 9215; goape.co.uk) has just launched a new Forest Segway adventure, where visitors can follow an hour-long trail through the trees on the fun two-wheeled electric vehicles. Sherwood Forest Cabins (0845 130 8223; forestholidays.co.uk) now offers new luxury log cabins to hire, from £564 for a three-night weekend break. And local storyteller Ezekial Bone, aka Ade Andrews, will be leading new Robin Hood tours through the forest on 10, 20 and 28 August (07941 210986; bonecorpora tion.co.uk; £5), revealing the legends of these ancient woods.

The £3m Hoard was found by a man with a metal detector

Countyfile: Staffordshire

There's Anglo-Saxon gold in them there fields

Pitch perfect: roundhouse in Cornwall

Posh campsites are in a field of their own

The rain won’t last forever, and even if it does, you’re sure to stay snug – and  stylish – in these luxury British campsites, says Kate Simon

A ride on The Great Elephant, one of the feats of engineering in the Parc Des Chantiers

Nantes: Pack your trunk for an art safari

Kate Simon walks the pink line that leads to classic sights and contemporary installations

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