Great rail journeys of the world: readers’ tips

Whether it’s the coast of Cornwall, Siberia or the savannah of east Africa, our readers have picked train trips memorable for landscapes, food and fellow travellers

Racism and ruins – the plundering of Great Zimbabwe

In the 19th century, European visitors to this abandoned medieval city refused to believe that indigenous Africans could have built such an extensive network of monuments. Such ignorance was disastrous for the remains of Great Zimbabwe

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and hostels in England for walkers

England’s countryside and coast not only offer great walking, but also the chance to cosy up in great places to stay, with food and drink as tasty as the views.

England’s Coastal Path takes shape

The first section of the English coastal path has been opened in the North-East – read one writer’s view here: http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/aug/24/-sp-walking-england-new-coast-path-noth-east

UK – Best airports and bank holiday surprises

Some of the UK’s smaller airports were voted best in the Which? annual passenger survey, while larger airports continue to let down consumers. Click here for the winners. Bank holidays are the UK equivalent of statutory holidays in the Americas – for some good ideas about bank holiday days out click here.