The Complete Guide To: Mountain biking

Autumn is a great time to get off the beaten track. Chris Moran gears up for a two-wheeled adventure, via gentle hills and gritty descents

Cyclo-therapy: My wife had her first fall and realised that coming off your bike can hurt, but it won't kill you

Cash strapped by the credit crunch, my wife and I decided to take our summer holiday in Wales this year. To help keep things cheap, we waited till the end of September when the cottage rents came down, and took nothing with us but a few books and our bikes for entertainment.

Tanzania: Animal magic

From baboons to wildebeest, Tanzania's Northern Circuit offers up a mind-boggling array of wildlife. James Palmer chills out with the zebra, then hangs around the hippo pool

Trail Of The Unexpected: Mount Kenya

Flora, fauna and heavenly vistas

Mokogodo: "Baboons stole the fruit-scented soap from my bathroom"

Paul Bloomfield enjoys the hospitality of the Mokogodo people

Masai Mara: A tribal quest

Under the protection of the Masai, Matt Carroll explores the Mara wilderness on foot

Lapland: Regal splendour

High in Swedish Lapland, beside glacial lakes and snow-tipped mountains, Rhiannon Batten is captivated by the 'King of Trails'

Pacific quest: The dive of a lifetime

When a BBC team was despatched to find new marine species in Micronesia, the trip gave Kate Humble the chance to dive in some of the world's most spectacular underwater environments

Itay: Walking up an appetite

Trekking across Umbria to Assisi might sound like a pilgrimage, but for Robin Lustig, the delights of the journey, from great scenery to gastronomy, were as sensual as they were spiritual

Jersey: A leap of faith

The rugged sport of 'coasteering' is not for the faint-hearted. Matt Carroll feels the arendalin rush as he jumps, swims and dives his way around the rocky Jersey coastline - and finds his 'inner bloke' along the way

Swiss Alps: High Anxiety

I'm French-kissing a rock face and I don't want to stop. Because stopping would mean having to put my tongue back in my mouth. And if I do that I think I might never stop screaming. To be honest, I hadn't asked the rock how it felt about the situation. When you're 850 metres above ground clinging to a slippy, muddy and - most importantly - tiny metal rung sticking out of a cliff face, you tend to forget about etiquette.

Ready for action: Hardware round-up

Mark Harris vanquishes jellyfish and harnesses the elements in his hardware round-up

Mauritius: The life aquatic

Rebecca Corbally skips the spa to try some more adventurous options in Mauritius

Iceland: Fire and ice

A hike through the lava fields of the Icelandic highlands takes Tam Leach to a world she only thought existed in fantasy

Timeline: Race for space

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