Active-Traveller - Features
Stories and travel articles on active and adventure travel and holidays in the UK, Europe and around the World
Ruggedly beautiful coastal scenery, empty roads and friendly locals make the Scottish isles of the Orkneys a fascinating destination for a family cycling tour finds Pete Coombs – as long as you don’t mind a bit of ‘weather’, and towing a child trailer up the odd hill… ...
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When the crooked old man with a solitary tooth traced his finger along our map and promised, despite the swarm of frowning naysayers, that “Si, hay paso” – yes, there’s a way through – what did we do? We folded up our map and rode on…
Away from its seaside resorts and sunburnt nightclub revellers, Gran Canaria has a spectacular, rugged and varied interior, shaped by volcanic eruptions. Helen Ochyra explores this stunning but lesser-known mountainous walking destination.
Mountains deliver extraordinary experiences, but capturing images which do them justice can be a technical and practical challenge. Jon Sparks has been doing it for decades and says he's still learning! Here are a few common problems solved...
Don't know your 'Hydrostatic Head' from your 'Moisture Vapour Permeability'? Alf Alderson goes jargon busting with lightweight waterproof jackets.
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our travelling experiences are almost by definition up close and personal, so don’t be scared of getting your camera right up to your subjects to capture that intimacy and detail. Pro photographer Jon Sparks has five top tips for taking great close up pictures.
Booming charity challenge travel shows that helping others by pushing your own boundaries is the new reason and way to take a holiday…
One day soon we may all have surfable waves just around the corner – even those of us who live in the middle of the country. But are wave parks really surfing, asks Alf Alderson?
It is one of Britain’s least known National Trails, but the Yorkshire Wolds Way is a gem of a multi-day trek just waiting to be discovered, as Jon Sparks finds out
In August 1914, on the eve of the First World War, British explorer Ernest Shackleton and his team set sail from Southend in his ship Endurance, bound for Antarctica in an attempt to complete the first crossing of the frozen continent.
Helen Ochyra walks from one end of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus to the other to discover the sunny island’s hidden wild side.
Part of the excitement of travel is experiencing the new and unexpected – which often happen at speed. Pro photographer Jon Sparks has five top tips on how to take great action pictures to capture those fleeting moments for ever.
With his beloved surf flat as a pancake, Alf Alderson sets out to explore the far from flat peaks of the western Pyrenees for some highs of the geographical kind…