Here’s looking at yew: the Borrowdale trees

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The continuous ridge of russet, stone-strewn lakeland mountain encircles a valley floor as flat as a paddy field. Lights of farms are beginning to spark and the cries of tawny owls reverberate around the bowl of darkening fells. In the distance, sunset pinks the snow-dusted peak of Glaramara. It is a suitable stage to approach the most notable trees of northern England.

New for old: Little Clarendon Street

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An Edwardian gazebo in Kingston, passed as you meander along the river Thames

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The Thames Path combines history with nature as it forges towards the capital from Hampton Court Palace

The property's historic bedroom

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Stay at a Christmas cracker

Enjoy some festive travel with our rundown of UK breaks

Stall stars: the city's Christmas Market

48 Hours In: Birmingham

Simon Calder gets into the festive swing with a weekend in the city at the heart of England

Glove story: The Woodstock suite

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Some walkers enjoy trudging through the fog and rain

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The top ten: Most beautiful British railway journeys

Andrew Adonis asked, on his way to the Cheltenham Literary Festival: 'Is the North Cotswold Line – Kemble, Stroud etc – the most beautiful in England?' He said it was 'on a short shortlist', so I asked readers to help me compile the best, including the rest of the UK...

Tide in: Bow Creek running through Crownley Wood

Tales from the trees: Crownley Wood, Devon - Trees move with the tide in this creekside woodland

Through a curtain of sycamore and holly, the water of Bow Creek dazzles with sunlight. The tide is coming in quickly. Soon the sea-river will lift the boats marooned in the estuary mud back into life and it'll be too late to get back to the pub via the stepping stones. Reluctantly, I concede it's time to move.

Backyard Cinema's 'Apocalypse' runs until 2 November

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Laura Holt gathers up the week’s ghoulish goings-on

Green peace: visitors can help with day-to-day tasks on the tour

Escape to Cornwall: On gardening leave at the Eden Project

Cornwall’s popular attraction is now offering visitors the chance to become ‘Gardener For a Day’ in its artificial biomes. Sarah Baxter, self-confessed novice, puts her green-fingered credentials to the test. What could go wrong?

Piece of cake: Formartine’s Food Hall in Tarves

Food Miles: Aberdeen - The secret of culinary success in Scotland's boom town? Oil

It was reported recently that two cities – London and Aberdeen – have seen house prices more than double in the past decade. The latter's rise has been driven by the North Sea oil industry and has changed the fortunes of Scotland's third city. But for the visitor to Aberdeen, there are more tangible benefits, not least the increasing number of gourmet treats on offer in the area.

Farm house: A dining table in one of the properties

Stay the Night: Stein's at Trevone Farm, Cornwall

The television chef's latest venture is a joint project that goes back to his early days. Sophie Lam checks in

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