Stairway to heaven: hiking ancient pilgrimage trails in southern Japan

Mountainous Kumano is the holy ground of Japan and pilgrims have been trekking there for centuries. Shrines, mist, forests and waterfalls combine to create an entrancing hike

Strolling the ancient hillforts of southern England

Here’s a vivid picture of prehistoric times on a walk in the Wiltshire Downs: one of 4,000 iron age sites across Britain and Ireland mapped on a new website

Moreish crunch, smoky tang: red peppers of Italy’s far south

Beautiful, remote Basilicata has a culinary lineage reaching back into antiquity based on unique, local fare. Among its delights are cruschi – sun-dried red peppers

France road trip: Lyon to Nice

This two-week route through some of France’s most beautiful landscapes takes in gorgeous farmhouse stays, camping and kayaking, lavender fields and finally the Med

Sunny autumn beach breaks in southern Europe

Summer hasn’t yet departed in southern Europe – but the crowds and high prices are gone. For an autumn beach break under blue skies, visit Spain, Italy, Greece and Malta