Pagan ritual: riding Alton Towers’ new Wicker Man rollercoaster

Wicker Man at Alton Towers – it plunges through fire! – is the UK’s first wooden rollercoaster for 20 years, so our writer has a burning desire to try it out.

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

Flying across London – on the new South Bank zip wire ride

Close to Waterloo, Zip World Southbank takes riders above the treetops and slides them across a city park at more than 30mph. Guardian Travel’s white-knuckle hero Will Coldwell tried it out

On board the Trans-Siberian Railway for a centenary ride

The world’s longest railway line was completed in 1916. Our writer embarks on the seven-day, 5,772-mile journey from Moscow to Vladivostok in the depths of winter when the snowy landscape is at its most beautiful