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Walking in Cantabria, Spain

Cantabria has everything! An amazing coastline with beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs, but also the Cantabrian Mountains  - some of the most beautiful mountains in Europe. The mountains are perfect for walkers and hikers and will offer some great views, as you can see from the photo.

Getting from UK to Cantabria is easy if you take the car as there are regular ferries from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Santander. See: http://ferrycrossings.org.uk/spain/

Photo: Danimj @ flickr
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Red Deer at Richmond Park, England

This red deer lives just 10km from central London!

Richmond Park is a beautiful green area of parkland in south west London and is said to be home to over 600 deer. The park was created by King Charles I in 1634. It's nearly 1,000 hectares - the largest of London's Royal Parks.

If you are travelling from mainland Europe to London by car, the nearest and easiest ferry port is likely to be Dover. There are numerous ferry crossings to Dover from Dunkirk or Calais in France. See more here: http://ferrycrossings.org.uk/france/

Photo: Vince O'Sullivan @ flickr

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Windsor Great Walk, England

This beautiful walkway cuts right through Windsor Great Park, from Windsor Castle (home of the Queen) to Snow Hill. The walk is around 4km long. At the end you'll find a statue of King George III called “The Copper Horse”. Windsor Great Park is around 20 square km, full of deer and ancient oak trees. It was originally a royal hunting ground.

Windsor is about 40km west of London. There are regular trains from London to Windsor. If you are driving from France, one of the nearest ferry ports is Portsmouth, where there are ferry services from St Mao, Le Havre, Cherbourg and Caen. From Caen, the ferry crossings is just 3.5 hours. See http://ferrycrossings.org.uk/france/portsmouth-to-caen/

Photo: Martin Morgenstern 

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Robin Hood, Nottingham Castle, England

Here's a statue of the famous outlaw, Robin Hood, who according to folklore, stole from the rich and gave to the poor.

Visitors to the area can enjoy a walk round the castle, and explore the hundreds of caves below. There's also Sherwood Forest nearby (thought to be the home of Robin and his Merry Men), where you can see the "Major Oak" - an old oak tree said to be a hiding place for Robin Hood.  There's also the Church of St. Mary in the village of Edwinstowe, said to be where Robin and Maid Marian were married.

Nottingham is about a 2 hour drive from the ferry port of Hull, which is served by ferries from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. See http://ferrycrossings.org.uk/belgium/hull-to-zeebrugge/

Photo: shirokazan @ flickr

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Chinese Dragon, China Town, London, England

The 15-day celebration of Chinese new year starts today - Happy New Year! China Town in the centre of London is a great place to experience the Chinese New year celebrations.

Photo: Rev Stan @ flickr
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Cologne Carnival - One of Europe's biggest street parties!

Cologne Carnival (Kölner Karneval) takes place every year, starting 11 November. But the party really gets going in February.

The last few days of the carnival are known to be the biggest celebrations, where the street carnival, a week-long street festival, also called "the crazy days", takes place between the Fat Thursday (Weiberfastnacht) and ends on Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch). During this time everybody dresses up, takes to the streets and makes merry! Kölle Alaaf! 

For anyone driving to Cologne from the UK, there is no longer a direct ferry to Germany. However, Cologne isn't too far from the ferry ports in Holland. For example, it's about a 3 hour drive from the Hook of Holland port. There are 2 ferry crossings each day from Harwich to Hook of Holland - http://ferrycrossings.org.uk/holland/harwich-to-hook-of-holland/

Photo: Marco Verch @ flickr
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Beach Huts at Scarborough, England

Beach huts are a fairly common site on many beaches in England. It's said that they originated in the Victorian times, when visitors to the beach would change their clothes in "bathing boxes".  These days they are used as places to keep your surf board, deck chairs and teapots!

There are thought to be as many as 20,000 beach huts in UK, but they can be found the world over - there are some in France and Australia for example. There's even a "chapel beach hut" in Bournemouth, England, where they hold wedding ceremonies.

Scarborough is in North Yorkshire, about 1 hour away from the ferry port of Hull, which is served by ferries from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam. See http://ferrycrossings.org.uk/holland/hull-to-rotterdam/

Photo: Carly-Jayne @ Flickr

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Highland Cattle, Scotland

Highland cattle are a hardy breed, perfect for the rugged terrain of their native Scottish Highlands, where they can be seen grazing on steep, mountainous slopes, protected from the strong winds and rain by their famous long coat.

Photo: mabbink  @ flickr
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