The UK's best holiday homes

From country farmhouses and seaside cottages to urban apartments, Kate Hilpern selects 20 top properties for a British escape

Nidderdale Way's fingerposts: A design-classic image of a curlew in flight

North Yorkshire walk: Rock and roll over hill and dale

Beyond Nidderdale's tea rooms lies a dramatic, alien landscape – and a llama farm. Mark Rowe takes a hike of two halves

Happisburgh Lighthouse

England Coast Path is up and walking - Norfolk's first official stretch connects Hunstanton to Sea Palling

This segment of seaside hiking forms an early part of a trail that will trace England's shores

Lligwy Bay and Anthony Garratt's depiction of it

Anglesey's wild art: A new outdoor installation on the Welsh island

The island's landscapes have been captured from four angles. Mark Rowe laces his hiking boots and takes a close-up view

Dylan Thomas in 1946 with his wife Caitlin Macnamara, who he wooed away from the writer Augustus John

International Dylan Day: The streets, pubs and landscapes where Dylan Thomas found inspiration

To celebrate the first International Dylan Day on Thursday, Phil Carradice, Griff Rhys Jones and Andrew Lycett share their journeys through the snug suburban streets where he grew up, the pubs where he swilled, his city and his countryside.

10 best UK gardens to visit in spring

From Gorran to Perth

KidZania Westfield, London
Bog standard: peat cutting on Islay

Whisky tourism in the Hebrides: From exploring distilleries to sampling the end product

Whisky tourism is going from strength to strength and Speyside's Malt Whisky Trail is a match for many a pretty vineyard route

Best large holiday homes and cottages in the UK for a group, family, hen do or stag party

Whether it's stunning views, local nightlife, or a secluded escape you're after

Carey Mulligan in the new Far From the Madding Crowd adaptation, and the Hardy statue in Dorchester

Dorset: The locations that inspired Thomas Hardy

With a new film adaptation of 'Far From The Madding Crowd' opening in cinemas next week, Jonathan Lorie visits the world that inspired the author

Go Wilde: Castle Coole

Literary Enniskillen: Oscar Wilde celebrated with
a new festival in Ulster

Local boy Oscar Wilde is being fêted with a new literary festival, writes William Cook

Natural wonder: the magnificent Durdle Door limestone arch

Dorset's cultural landscape: Hardy country and Broadchurch breaks

With a new Hollywood take on 'Far from the Madding Crowd' about to show the world its charms, now is the time to escape to this stunning coastal county, says Lucy Gillmore

Ellie Ross, Martin and Graham at the top of High Cup Nick

The Pennine Way at 50: Walking the Cumbrian leg from Langdon Beck to Alston

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Britain's oldest National Trail, the Pennine Way. Ellie Ross follows the acorn signposts up hill and down dale for a celebratory ramble

Pensthorpe cattle

Spring forth into Britain’s best gardens

Longer, warmer days mean that flowers are starting to flourish, with carpets of bluebells about to unfurl. In an extract from her new book, Tania Pascoe reveals the country’s finest spots for revelling in a wild weekend

View of the Cathedral from Castle Hill, Lincoln, Lincolnshire (Ian Dagnall / Alamy)

The Bishop Langton Trail: Walk of the month

The Bishop Langton Trail, through Lincolnshire, follows the history of one of Magna Carta’s architects, says Mark Rowe

i Newspaper
The Independent around the web
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Travel

Guru Careers: Events Coordinator / Junior Events Planner

£24K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Events Coordinator ...

Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: Chief Executive Officer

Salary 42,000: Royal Yachting Association Cymru Wales: The CEO is responsible ...

Guru Careers: Marketing Manager / Marketing Communications Manager

£35-40k (DOE) + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Communicati...

Ashdown Group: Technical IT Manager - North London - Growing business

£40000 - £50000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A growing business that has been ope...

ES Rentals

    Day In a Page

    Independent Travel
    Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
    Seven Cities of Italy
    Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
    Prague, Budapest and Vienna
    Lake Garda
    Minoan Crete and Santorini
    Prices correct as of 15 May 2015
    Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

    Abuse - and the hell that follows

    James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
    Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

    It's oh so quiet!

    The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
    'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

    'Timeless fashion'

    It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
    If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

    Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

    Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
    New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

    Evolution of swimwear

    From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine