A river-swimmer’s paradise in the heart of England

It may be plain old open-water swimming rather than a wild adventure but the tranquil rivers near Oundle and Olney, in the south Midlands, have plenty of pulling power

Walking the National Forest Way: a stroll amid a transformed Midlands

It’s the time of year to check out the bluebell woods of England’s National Forest, which stretches over the former mining fields of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire. We take it stage by stage, with stops for food and sleep