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Slow Guide to Sussex
Guides - 5 min read

Slow Guide to Sussex

By Ella Perryman

After seeing a surge of interest in Sussex on our site, we headed over to find out if the county could break our Bristolian habit of heading west on holiday. We found charming towns that wore their coastal setting with… Continue reading >

Marche’s Slow Food train trail
Inspiration - 5 min read

Marche’s Slow Food train trail

By Ella Perryman

The new Slow Food train trail launched by Italy’s national rail company is a delicious way to discover a region that has the luscious landscapes, sparkling blue seas and impeccable food of neighbours Tuscany and Umbria, but a fraction of… Continue reading >

Our favourite secret island escapes
Inspiration - 5 min read

Our favourite secret island escapes

By Chris Elmes

The feeling of leaving everything behind as you cross the water to an island is one of irresistible freedom and drama. From the wild coast of Scotland to Europe’s warm southern seas, we’ve been out finding incredible places to stay… Continue reading >

Guides

Slow Guide to the Cotswolds
Guides - 8 min read

Slow Guide to the Cotswolds

By Chris Elmes

If you think the Cotswolds is just a giant oil painting you can walk around in, it’s time to take a closer look. On our visit in June we found that while there certainly is impressive history and an abundance… Continue reading >

Slow guide to the Lake District
Guides - 8 min read

Slow guide to the Lake District

By Chris Elmes

Our perception of The Lake District was as a vast place that was all about long, challenging hikes to windblown peaks. Our trip, thanks to a little research and a lot of local advice, turned out to be much more… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Devon
Guides - 5 min read

Slow Guide to Devon

By Chris Elmes

Everything about creating this guide felt a little different. For previous editions, we’ve travelled to Yorkshire and Northumberland, so far from our Bristol base that everything felt like a discovery. When it came to planning our trip to Devon, which… Continue reading >

Slow Guide to Northumberland
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Slow Guide to Northumberland

By Tessa Glover

Our trip to Northumberland presented us with some striking contrasts. We visited Britain’s smallest museum and a bookshop big enough to have an in-house train, contemplated a huge wilderness that was mostly man-made and found a 300-yard walk that took… Continue reading >

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Inspiration

Five great alternatives to popular destinations
Inspiration - 8 min read

Five great alternatives to popular destinations

By Claire Maguire

You might have noticed that we’re big advocates of veering off the tourist track and exploring roads less travelled in search of unique experiences. Sometimes, the best trips are those where you forgo crowded destinations in favour of their unsung… Continue reading >

Five flight-free itineraries for autumn
Inspiration - 12 min read

Five flight-free itineraries for autumn

By Claire Maguire

It’s never been more important to address the impact travel is having on the environment and make a conscious effort to reduce our carbon footprint. It’s totally possible – and often cheaper – to travel to many incredible destinations without… Continue reading >

Five places to have on your radar right now
Inspiration - 5 min read

Five places to have on your radar right now

By Chris Elmes

We’re always monitoring the latest travel trends, through our in-house regional teams, our site and the insight our inspectors pick up while they’re out on the road. Here are five places that are worth a visit if you’ve never been… Continue reading >

A foodie’s guide to Cornwall
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A foodie’s guide to Cornwall

By Ella Perryman

Cornwall is typically known for its rugged coastlines, quaint fishing villages and nostalgic summer holidays. Whilst these have drawn visitors for years, this popular South-West county also has an emerging food culture that rewards travellers with even more. We sent… Continue reading >

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Journeys

Alentejo: Portugal’s wildest region on a budget
Journeys - 5 min read

Alentejo: Portugal’s wildest region on a budget

By Ella Perryman

Last year, we sent travel journalist Hannah Summers to Portugal’s Alentejo for the first time. What she found was a region full of authentic food, rugged beaches, affordable accommodation and very little crowds. It’s 10am at Praia de Odeceixe and… Continue reading >

Loire Valley: a fairytale alternative to Disneyland
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Loire Valley: a fairytale alternative to Disneyland

By Chris Elmes

We sent freelance editor, journalist and France expert Carolyn Boyd (and her young family) to the Loire Valley, to discover why the region is the perfect alternative to Disneyland and overcrowded resort holidays. They discover gothic châteaux, giant art installations… Continue reading >

Jo Tinsley explores untamed Jura in France
Journeys - 5 min read

Jo Tinsley explores untamed Jura in France

By Ella Perryman

Jo Tinsley’s passion for slow travel, long rambles and sea swimming has sent her all over the globe. This summer,  she road-tripped through Jura, a relatively unknown region in France, discovering remote lakes, medieval villages and thriving wildlife. The Jura… Continue reading >

Lois Pryce’s French 2CV adventure
Journeys - 8 min read

Lois Pryce’s French 2CV adventure

By Tessa Glover

Everyone, it seems, has a 2CV story. Even James Bond used one as an escape vehicle (admittedly only when his Lotus exploded). As a child of 1970s Bristol, my 2CV associations are less 007, and more my friend’s bohemian parents… Continue reading >

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