Charlotte Johnstone Travel Writer Follow 17 June 2019 • 11:00am What makes your heart sing? It was a question on the consultation form. I think I scribbled down something like: 'compliments, a good playlist, and the way the light shines through the trees on a sunny day'. Or something. But the question stuck with me as I had my treatment, went home, and then went to work. It sort of sums up bhuti [sic], the sister wellness centre to Richmond's Bingham Riverhouse, in its entirety. Not all hotel spas and wellness centres come with marble foyers, Romanesque atriums, hydrotherapy pools, solariums, and so on. Dig a little further, and you can find a real gem in an unassuming boutique hotel – and bhuti is just that. I remember feeling pleasantly surprised when I... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about The secret London spa that will ‘make your heart sing’
If you arrive at Formby by train, you may wonder if you are in the right place. But while the local station, Freshfield, feels urban, a mile or so due west lies one of the country’s most exhilarating coastal landscapes. Formby is a spectacular expanse of beach, sand dunes and pines on the edge of a metropolis. Many National Trust coasts are remote, but Formby, forming part of Liverpool Bay, is an easy day out from Liverpool. It is important for waders and provides a woodland home for the red squirrel. The well-drained, sandy soil is ideal for asparagus growing and the Trust has a tenant farmer who continues to cultivate it (see points nine and 10 of this walk). Barn owls and tawny owls thrive... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Is this Britain’s most exhilarating coastal landscape?
At the end of the runway at Duxford Aerodrome, a light mechanical purr is turning into a waspish buzz. By the time the Spitfire responsible – a two-seater version of the British attack dog, fitted out to take air enthusiasts on the flight of their dreams – is ready for take-off, the noise has become that inimitable lusty roar. It dashes down the tarmac, propellers all a-blur, and raises its head into a sky of flawless early-summer blue, its din trailing after it. It is an impressive sight – but, in terms of D-Day, also an act of misdirection. For if you could teleport yourself back to this Cambridgeshire airfield – now part of the Imperial War Museum – in the early hours of June 6 1944, you would not hear the Spitfire clearing its throat. Indeed, you would not hear British voices. The accents in your ears would be broadly American. And the planes warming their engines would be P-47 Thunderbolts – fleet-winged fighter-bombers of the United States Army … [Read more...] about D-Day from above: Duxford, and the glorious ghosts of the air
Although most photographed from the west approach from Holy Island village, Lindisfarne Castle is beautiful from all angles, and one of the reasons that this route is so satisfying is that it allows walkers to appreciate it from all sides. Not only will those who venture here be able to admire this 16th-century building: they may also glimpse puffins, dolphins, curlews and oystercatchers as they look out to sea. Nick Lewis, house steward at Lindisfarne Castle, said that the castle appears "lazily stretched out on its rocky ledge, almost like one of the hundreds of grey seals on the beaches opposite." He added: "As you progress further around the castle, the stark grey walls of the fort give... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Is this the best coastal walk in the North of England?
With summer soon here and with it some seasonal weather, London’s rooftop bars are beginning to draw in the crowds. But if you don't fancy forking out for an overpriced G&T or needing to queue for a lift just to gain an elevated sunset view, then why not go al fresco? Many of the capital's green spaces come with a hilly terrain that highlights the city’s best angles – and you can enjoy them all for free. Some, too, have backstories reaching several centuries, with a litancy of famous admirers to match; these views have seduced poets, painters and photographers. Delve a little into their histories and you can start to imagine what they (and their views) may have looked like when previous generations were wandering the grounds. To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about Ranked: London’s 6 greatest hilltop views and how to reach them