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Successful tip: a jolly good vélo, Brittany and Normandy

I’ve loved a beautiful four- to five-day round journey utilizing ferries and bikes. We took the Brittany Ferries in a single day crusing from Portsmouth-St Malo, then cycled alongside La Véloscénie [signposted cycle route] passing Mont Saint-Michel. At Domfront we took La Vélo Francette to Ouistreham after which the ferry again to Portsmouth. At the least three-quarters of the journey is off street alongside former railway monitor cycle paths which are nicely maintained. Loads of lodging is on the market. Excluding a hilly few miles round Flers, it’s all very simple and with the prevailing wind. The ultimate 40 miles from the spectacular Viaduc de Clécy is all downhill, passing Pegasus Bridge.
Keith Perry

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No wheels, Hydra, Greece

Mules are used for carrying items and other people in Hydra. {Photograph}: Dimitrios Tilis/Getty Pictures

I had such a beautiful gradual vacation with my household, together with two younger kids, on the Greek island of Hydra off the east of the Peloponnese, fairly near Athens. The island doesn’t permit automobiles or another transport with wheels, so we spent our days strolling from one village to the opposite or from our lodging to a seaside. All the things was accessible by strolling or by donkey – the proprietor of our Airbnb took the youngsters for a journey generally. It actually made us respect time collectively, chatting, enjoying playing cards, studying and watching the stray cats. It’s nonetheless one among our fondest recollections as a household. We opted for one of many least expensive homes on the island, with the naked minimal, but it surely was undoubtedly sufficient.


Pinnacles and pints within the Peak District

A view from Kinder Scout. {Photograph}: RA Kearton/Getty Pictures

For me, the purpose of gradual journey is to essentially get to know a spot – not simply go to the customarily overcrowded highlights. Over the previous 12 months I’ve being doing simply that within the Peak District. The creation of the Ethel Problem lists all 95 peaks within the nationwide park with summits larger than 400 metres. Slowly working by way of the problem has uncovered me to some gorgeous sights on head-clearing walks, notably the windswept moorland of the Kinder Scout, Thor’s Cave, and the mossy chasm Lud’s Church. And, after all, there have been loads of nice pubs alongside the way in which.

Pitching up in Southwold, Suffolk

A VW campervan enters Southwold. {Photograph}: John Cairns/Alamy

Our favorite gradual break in our 1979 Volkswagen is to the municipal campsite at Southwold (pitches from £36.50 an evening). Just like the city, it seems little has modified because the Fifties. Our previous campervan is pitched simply as quickly as I’ve pulled on the handbrake and we’ve popped up the roof. We then wind down with chilled wine and canapes from our little fridge earlier than taking the canine for a mild stroll. There’s half a dozen pubs inside about half-hour’ stroll, the place a calming meal and a leisurely night is simply ready to be loved.
Dave Richards

Pedalling throughout the UK’s islands

Cyclists ready for the ferry from Hoy to mainland Orkney. {Photograph}: Peter Lopeman/Alamy

Visiting the islands of the UK by bicycle is my good gradual journey. Biking feels harmonious with individuals’s lives in distant components and affords time to savour all we see, whereas slowly meandering amongst coastlines and rolling countryside. Ferry timetables add to the gradual tempo, as there’s a have to savour all there’s to see earlier than ready for the subsequent brief hop. Phrase of cyclists arriving spreads shortly and locals have supplied us essentially the most fantastic hospitality, at all times happy we’re utilizing native companies (B&Bs, cabins and eateries) as an alternative of hurtling by way of in a camper pre-loaded with provides. We’ve had joyous holidays within the Isles of Scilly, Orkney, Shetland, Outer Hebrides, Skye and the Interior Hebrides. Can’t wait to go to extra.

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A spot of ‘curiosity-hopping’, Glasgow

The College Cafe was visited by Anthony Bourdain. {Photograph}: Derek Copland/Alamy

Throughout my latest go to to Glasgow, I delved into the artwork of “curiosity hopping”. As a Manchester native extra inclined to summon an Uber than stroll, strolling appreciable distances felt inefficacious. That preliminary evening, I spent an hour mapping hidden gems alongside deliberate routes, sourced from native net pages and boards. Noteworthy finds included a Victorian coin in a staircase and a Nineteen Eighties artwork set up underneath a bridge. Actively looking for curiosities led me to an unassuming cafe frequented by Anthony Bourdain whereas trying to find a rat portray on a kerb. This serendipitous encounter birthed a singular reminiscence, a story now shared with fellow meals lovers – an outstanding method to savouring a mini break at a leisurely tempo.
Amanda Gardner

The great thing about Bute, Argyll

Kilchattan Bay. {Photograph}: Scott O’Neill/Getty Pictures

Visiting the Isle of Bute, 40 miles west of Glasgow, is an ideal method of soothing a busy thoughts. Biking is one of the best ways of seeing the island. We began in Kilchattan Bay within the south, the place we watched fantastic wader birds akin to oystercatchers, then wandered on the seaside, seeing sea glass among the many numerous lovely shells and pebbles. We cycled on empty roads to the stays of St Blane’s chapel, which fits again to AD500. Right here there have been fantastic views to the extra mountainous isle of Arran. At Ettrick Bay, with its vast sandy seaside, we sat alone with simply the curlews for firm. We ended with a cease at Helmi’s cafe in Rothesay earlier than a ferry again to the mainland, refreshed after an exquisite journey.

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