- Local attractions in the Cairngorms National Park
Four-hour trips in comfortable 4WD vehicles, equipped with binoculars and spotter scope and accompanied by an expert local guide with over 30 years’ experience in the area, you’ll head into the mountains, moors and river valleys to look for wildlife. Cairn Gorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB www.cairngormmountain.org/walking-hiking BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES A visit to the Cairngorms wouldn’t be complete with sipping a dram of Speyside whisky or supping a pint of local ale on a visit to a distillery or brewery. Open from Easter to October, this compact gallery displays an array of local arts and crafts, from photography, sculpture and paintings to jewellery, soaps, textiles and candles. The gallery displays work by local artists, focusing on paintings and photos of the surrounding mountains, and Anne also offers introductory glass-fusing courses as well as shorter sessions at which you can make your own pendant or coaster. Braemar, Aberdeenshire AB35 5XR www.braemarcastle.co.uk For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Cairngorms National Park
- Local Attractions in the Lake District
The owners are also keen to protect natural habitats and conserve local wildlife such as the native red squirrel. One of the very best things to do is to wander along Crowdundle Beck towards the partially restored watermill, trying to spot local wildlfie in the woods along the way. Be sure to visit the tea room if you get peckish - the owners put as much emphasis on quality handmade food as they do on top notch arts exhibits. blackwell.org.uk Brantwood Historic House Brantwood is the former home of John Ruskin, the leading English art critic of the Victorian era. Visit the Dove Cottage tearoom and pick up snacks made from high-quality local produce. wordsworth.org.uk Wordsworth House Take a step back in time and explore poetry giant William Wordsworth's childhood home. There are also daily ten-minute walks, poetry readings and children's trails, plus a full programme of family activities during the summer holidays. nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house-and-garden For information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to the Lake District
- Local attractions in Arnside & Silverdale
Pop in for afternoon tea at the Old Post Office Tea Room or for a pint at the unbearably attractive Wheatsheaf Inn, which has been welcoming guests since 1609 - first as a farmhouse providing meals to local farm labourers and later as a coaching stop for folk travelling from Lancaster to Carlisle. For ideas on nearby places to stay, local food and drink and outdoor adventure activities: Green Traveller's Guide to Arnside & Silverdale
- Local Food Heroes on Anglesey
As part of our series on the eight Welsh Protected Landscapes, Paul Bloomfield visits Anglesey's food market and Halen Môn that produces world-class sea salt Like a pirate captain flinging open a chest of loot, David lifts the lid on a barrel to reveal the treasure within: a mound of glistening white crystals, like the freshest powder snow on a crisp winter's day. In past times Anglesey was known as Môn Mam Cymru – Mother of Wales – in recognition of its agricultural productivity, and today there's a resurgence among small food producers. Look out for summer Food Slams organised by the market, with gazebos, hot food and music.
- Local Visitor Attractions in Northumberland National Park
Following a Scottish raid the previous year when William Wallace allegedly burnt women and children to death in the local abbey, Chillingham Castle became base-camp for King Edward’s 1298 counter attack. Explore a working forge, (donated by local blacksmith Arthur Grimwood), complete with tools, hearth, bellows and a bottle of his favourite tipple; examine railway memorabilia celebrating the Border Counties and Wannie Lines; listen to heritage recordings of locals talking about their lives in Northumberland and dress up in replica military costume to find out more about the Reiver raiders. bellingham-heritage.org.uk/ Hexham Old Gaol Step inside the oldest purpose-built prison in England, constructed in June 1330 and ruled over by the fearsome Archbishop of York. After you’ve absorbed all the facts, you’ll be all set to explore this well-excavated Roman auxiliary fort complete with military buildings, stores, house and two bathhouses. vindolanda.com/ Mr George's Museum of Time This watch and clock museum in Haltwhistle centres around the 'Mr George the clock man' series of children's stories written by local author Diana Bell, which charted the adventures of a watch repairer and his daughter as they travelled around Northumberland. For more information on characterful places to stay, local food and drink, and nearby outdoor activities, see our Green Traveller's Guide to Northumberland National Park
- Local Visitor Attractions along the Northumberland Coast
The museum was established in 1938 to commemorate her life. rnli.org/find-my-nearest/museums/grace-darling-museum Golden Gate Farne Islands Boat Trips, Northumberland With Golden Gate you have a choice of five tours: Inner Farne (3hrs) with St Cuthbert’s tiny chapel hermitage; Staple Island to see the breeding seabird colonies (3hrs); an island cruise with a chance to observe the largest seal colony in the North Sea (1.5 hours) and an all day excursion pitched at ornithologists, photographers and local history enthusiasts. Exclusive to Golden Gate is a guided tour of Longstone Lighthouse, former home of local heroine Grace Darling, who at 22-years-old risked her life in rowing out to reach the wrecked SS Forfarshire in raging seas. farneislandsboattrips.co.uk/ Serenity Boat Tours, Northumberland Coast Serenity Boat Tours are well-suited to wildlife enthusiasts, with plenty of space for photography equipment, a 360º stable platform and an onboard naturalist.
- Clwydian Range & Dee Valley - Local Food Heroes
As part of our celebration of the eight Welsh Protected Landscapes, David Atkinson follows a food trail in the Clwydian Range AONB It’s winter over the Clwydian Range. “I like the fact I know where my food comes from. In the year ahead, the group plans to open a pop-up shop to take branded samples to food festivals and launch a Clwydian Range breakfast for local guesthouses and cafes to showcase the variety of local goodies. The lamb has a low-food-miles ethos. “I like the way the trail encourages everyone to work together to make the most of the local produce available.”
- Local Food & Mushroom Foraging in Zagori, Greece
It brings food back to a specific location and our place within it.” Talk about food miles in Zagori and you often have to reduce the measurement to metres. When quality is assured, food dilemmas come down to choice. The surprise is that the local speciality is pies. “Food here is not just something to eat.
- Local food and wild ingredients on Naxos and the Small Cyclades
Florence Fortnam discovers some of the islands' finest wild ingredients – from mountain goat to thyme honey – and learns some of the secrets behind the islands’ tasty local produce. I was on Donousa – one of the four inhabited Small Cyclades islands, ten miles east of Naxos – on the first day of my gastronomic discovery of Naxos and the Small Cyclades, delving into the food culture of the islands to uncover some of this archipelago's wild and wonderful produce.
- Local visitor attractions in East Devon
There’s also a good restaurant, serving local food and drinks. escot-devon.co.uk Bicton Park Botanical Gardens With its four impressive glass houses, including one with an unusual curved roof, built in the 1800s and acres of gardens of various design – American, Mediterranean and Italian (dating from the 1700s), Bicton Park Botanical Gardens is a treat for anyone with green fingers. There’s also a good restaurant, serving local food and drinks. escot-devon.co.uk Walking, cycling and wildlife watching in the East Devon AONB With its gently undulating hills and 28 miles of stunning Jurassic coastline, the East Devon AONB has plenty of opportunities for lovers of the great outdoors.