Jon Sparks

Otherworldly walking on New Zealand's Tongariro Crossing

Often hailed as the world’s best one-day walk, the Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand goes through positively Martian scenery, with active volcanic vents and multi-coloured lakes en route Read the guide

Cycling idyll in South Somerset

South Somerset's easy cycling in perfect English countryside makes for a lovely circular tour, with great scenery, great B&Bs and great pubs Read the guide

Nordic delights: cross-country skiing in Norway

Gliding silently through snowy forests or venturing into a white wilderness: Gålå in central Norway is a perfect base for cross-country skiers, whether experts or complete beginners Read the guide

Easy riders in the Lake District

The Lake District doesn’t just have some of the best scenery in the world; it also has some of the best lanes and tracks for easy cycling Read the guide

Lancaster ancient and modern

Lancaster offers the visitor masses of history and a little bit of mystery, plus great modern food, drink and shopping, all in some of England’s best urban landscapes Read the guide