Top of the lago: a saunter around the Italian lakes

Hiking high above Lake Maggiore, through forests and hills alive with Grand Tour romance, is a great way to build an appetite for Piedmont’s epic cuisine

The best yoga, mindfulness and fitness breaks for 2018

Free your mind and body with this pick of inspiring yoga trips, meditation breaks and fitness holidays in the UK and around the world.

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

A Canterbury trail: exploring the city’s medieval streets on foot

With its extraordinary history and ecclesiastical grandeur, Kent’s murder mystery capital has much for the walker to savour on a day’s stroll

Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

With an ex-Marine at the helm, a new sailing adventure in north Norfolk offers the chance to enter a watery wilderness and get up close to seals and birdlife

From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser

Two boats that once carried refugees across the Mediterranean are now taking daytrippers along Amsterdam’s canals – a reminder to the city of its debt to immigrants