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Channel Islands: Tramp along hedgerow-trimmed lanes and dip into tropical gardens

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To mark 150 years since a British climber made the first ascent of the Matterhorn, Phoebe Smith heads to Cnicht – the smaller Welsh version – and manages to conquer the mountain in time to be back at her desk on Monday morning

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The Easter holidays have arrived, and the combination of two weeks indoors and sugar-fuelled energy from too many chocolate eggs is rarely a good one

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