About Britain: From real ale to fine art, get out and about on these new trails

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Self-guided trails are being launched almost every week across the UK. Here are some of the latest ones.

In the Cotswolds, a new Arts & Crafts trail – By Hand and Machine – is available in downloadable form (bit.ly/CotswoldsArts). It leads you through some beautiful countryside, featuring four key locations: the Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden; the Gordon Russell Museum in Broadway; Rodmarton Manor; and Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, which has an internationally acclaimed collection.

Berwick-upon-Tweed is celebrating its links with L S Lowry, who visited Northumberland often from the mid-1930s until he died in 1976 (berwick-pt.co.uk). The five-mile waymarked trail identifies the sites of more than 30 of his works.

In Yorkshire, the landscapes that inspired Turner are mapped in the new Turner Trails (yorkshire.com/ turner). The project already plots more than 70 places visited by the artist and, in the coming months, audio and self-guided walking itineraries will be added.

Foodies can also feel satisfied with some new gastronomic guides. Kent is highlighting six trails themed on wine, hops, cherries, apples, lamb and seafood (producedinkent.co.uk). And fish is the focus of one of the trails available on EatScotland (eatscotland. visitscotland.com). Its Seafood Trail takes you along the Argyll coast. While in north-east England, the Ale Trail explores the region's brewing tradition. It spotlights a series of microbreweries and public houses across Durham, Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland (visitnortheastengland.com).

In the same region, the Children's Book Itinerary explores places that have inspired children's tales by authors including Lewis Carroll, J K Rowling and Catherine Cookson (visitnortheastengland.com).

Finally, sustainability is the watchword in the East of England, where visitors are being encouraged to ditch the car and enjoy its six counties with a series of 50 local guides that include walking, cycling and train-and-walk routes (eet.org.uk).

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