20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe

Summer holidays don’t have to mean sea and sand. We pick breaks amid mountains and by tranquil lakes to suit lovers of long hikes, high-energy activity – or just dreamy upland vistas

Cycling the North York Moors – a galaxy on my doorstep

Looking for an adventure with a cosmic feel, our writer reckons a new cycling centre in the wonderfully named Great Fryup Dale will fit the bill

Cross country: trail running the coast-to-coast route

The 192-mile route over the Lake District and Pennines is usually plodded by hikers but our writer zips across on a new guided running trip.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Action stations: 12 months of fitness holidays for 2018

Let this year be one of get up and go rather than fly and flop with our pick of activity holidays for each month – around the UK and abroad

Not horsing around: donkey trekking in rural France

Accidental detours are embraced on a family break amid the Lot valley’s forests, abbeys and wildlife – all in the company of Lulu, their trusted donkey companion