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Follow the oolitic limestone belt? Set out on the new Macmillan Way between Oakham in Rutland and Abbotsbury in Dorset, which follows the belt of limestone that is known as Cotswold stone in its central section. This 235-mile path is named after the Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund. It officially opens on 25 April, but the guidebook is published this week: pounds 5.99 from bookshops, or pounds 6.50 (made payable to Macmillan Way Association) including postage from Peter Titchmarsh, St Mary's Barn, Pillerton Priors, Warwick CV35 0PG.

Get a free air ticket to Marseilles? Buy a business-class return ticket on a jet flight by Jersey European (01392 360777) before the end of March - for example, Gatwick-Jersey for pounds 217 or Stansted-Belfast for pounds 225. You qualify for a free economy ticket on any Jersey European route, including the new Stansted-Marseilles service, beginning on 1 April and priced at pounds 176.

Miss your British Airways flight to Africa? Go to Heathrow. From this week, BA is switching its flights to African cities such as Harare, Lusaka and Lilongwe to Gatwick. Call 0345 222111 to ask if your flight is affected.

Meet a devotee of Macchu Picchu? Get a free ticket for Hilary Bradt's talk in Cambridge on 21 March, at Heffer's Map Shop (01223 568509). The travel writer and publisher has visited the ancient city in Peru 22 times.

See the Canadian Rockies by train? Take the new, thrice-weekly Skeena service between Jasper in Alberta and Prince Rupert in British Columbia, beginning on 15 May. To maximise the scenic potential, it will cover the distance over two days, stopping for the night in Prince George. The one- way fare is around pounds 110, including in-train meals but excluding accommodation in Prince George.

Feel like an executive?

Preface your charter flight from Gatwick with a turn in a private lounge. Airline Navigation Services (01293 568306) charges around pounds 10 for a visit to its Premier Lounge in the South Terminal.

Learn about helicopters?

Glide along to the International Helicopter Museum, near Weston-super- Mare in Somerset. On 23 and 24 March, guides will be taking visitors behind the scenes. The museum is open 10am-4pm daily in March, and admission is pounds 3.

Go underground? Visit the Dan-yr-Ogof caves at Abercraf in the Upper Swansea Valley (01639 730284). This is the largest caving complex accessible to the public in Europe.

Visit Paris without going bust? Read the budget guide to the French capital in the Independent this Saturday.

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