These wilderness escapes are perfect for walkers, cyclists, adventurers – and those in search of splendid isolation. Here, writers, rangers and guides reveal their favourite spots
From the Pink Floyd shrimp that makes a noise so loud it can kill small fish, to giant stick insects and new types of orangutans and gibbons, here is a round up of new animal species discovered in 2017.
One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’
Few locals know about Walthamstow Wetlands in north London, which opens on Friday. But now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for free
In Hertfordshire’s Lee valley park a new campsite – with basic pitches and access to canoeing and bushcraft lessons – offers a taste of the wild a short train ride from the capital
Capturing huge vistas and a chance encounter, Kevin Rushby hikes in western Canada in our weekly look at travel through pictures posted on Instagram
Iceland’s popularity with tourists doesn’t mean that solitude is hard to find. Head west to its fjords and splendid isolation and nature are close at hand