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Active Wales: Go cycling, walking, hiking, biking, zip-lining and more

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Public ownership of the railway is the only way to end this annual fare farce

Sheffield named best value for a city break in the UK

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Wildlife Weekend: Britain’s skies are abuzz with beautiful dragonflies

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Journey to the edge of Britain: Lewis and Harris island

As the Scottish referendum approaches, Jonathan Lorie travels
to the largest and furthest-flung Hebridean island

Seaside stay: A tired guesthouse on Regency Square has been transformed by two young, creative hoteliers

Rather than opt for a traditional makeover, the owners invited local artists to use the hotel as a blank canvas

Paragliding over the South Downs: The only way to learn how to fly is to jump off

As I land gently on the ground, the desire to get back to the top of the slope to repeat the jump is overwhelming

Water laugh! Alton Towers' waterpark

Top places to swim in the UK – from wild ponds to water slides

Who needs the Med or Caribbean when you have the UK's best swimming spots to cool off in?

Naturally-occurring basalt columns lead down to Fingal’s Cave, a cathedral-like space admired by musicians and artists over the centuries, with eerily beautiful acoustics. Staffa Tours offer a round boat trip from Oban to Staffa National Nature Reserve, Lunga and Iona. info@staffatours.com

Where to visit in Scotland: From Edinburgh Festival to the Isle of Staffa

The Commonwealth Games might have finished in Glasgow, but there are plenty of other reasons to head for the Highlands

Best zoos in the UK: Chester tops TripAdvisor survey

The UK is home to more award-winning zoos than any other European country in 2014

Water feature: Bassenthwaite is the only 'official' lake

The Lake District: Traveller's Guide

Don't let the crowds in England's biggest national park put you off – the jaw-dropping beauty and heritage in this corner of Cumbria are unmissable, says Lucy Gillmore
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