10 of the best new summer activity holidays in the Alps

From ziplines in Switzerland to walking holidays in Italy and France, plus mountain bike breaks and an outdoor festival, the Alps are worth a ‘peak’ this summer

Patagonia’s controversial new national park

The creation of the Parque Patagonia conservation area – the brainchild of a billionaire US couple – is a step to creating one of the world’s largest national parks. But what’s the hiking like?

The best European ski resorts for beginners

Choose wisely for your first skiing trip: these resorts offer quality tuition and confidence-boosting slopes – and most won’t break the bank

Running the South Downs Way

Jogging from Winchester to Eastbourne seemed the perfect way to enjoy one of England’s oldest trails for Martin Love. But then he ran out of steam