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A great way of exploring the Isle of Wight is to take part in the island's annual Walking Festival, sponsored by Wightlink (0871 376 1000/www.wightlink.co.uk/walking).
Starting this weekend and gathering pace until May 20, it offers more than 250 themed walks along 500 miles of marked footpaths. Enjoy picturesque scenery along coastal paths and lush woodlands brimming with nature.
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Highlights include the 77-mile Round The Island or guided fossil-hunting walks where you may spot fossil trees and dinosaur footprints.
Wightlink is offering ferry tickets with short-stay return from £52.50 (car and up to five passengers). Foot passengers from £9.50pp.
Known for its lightweight and comfortable walking footwear for all terrains, Brasher (0191 516 5780/www.brasher.co.uk) has introduced a new travel range featuring seven styles for both men and women. Every pair is suitable for everyday use with no need to cart an extra pair of hefty walking boots on your travels.
Feet will stay snug and comfy all day with memory foam collars and most styles have a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex lining.
Opt for a nubuck leather suede such as the Saunter (above) or mesh design with suede. Travel range from £100.
There's also the Travel Lite sock to complement the range, £11 per pair.
GO WILD IN DEVON
Following on from his successful BBC series Great Escapes, Monty Halls is bringing his love of nature to South Devon. He's launched a range of guided tours including an Ultimate Taste of Devon, which reveals the area's coastal culinary delights.
Setting off from the harbour at Dartmouth, Monty takes guests out to sea to spot grey seals and dolphins.
A shore excursion will include rock pooling but best of all there's plenty of tastings of locally sourced food including crab, dairy produce and fresh fruit and vegetables. £50pp.
Next tours May 13, June 3 and 13.
To book call 01803 431858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Blue Chip Holidays (0844 704 4987/www.bluechipholidays.co.uk) offers three nights at Old Chapel, close to Dartmouth, from £487 (sleeps seven), self catering.
Enjoy the epitome of vintage glamour on a rail journey with a difference. Orient-Express (0207 921 4199/www.orientexpress.com) is offering a Brighton Belle Experience on the British Pullman.
The original train, the first electric Pullman service in the world, operated between London and Brighton until 1972.
Now the iconic journey has been recreated with beautifully restored carriages including cars named Audrey, Vera and Gwen, each one brimming with art deco style.
Join the locomotive at London Victoria for the Sussex coast journey along part of the former Brighton Belle line. Take in the scenery as you settle into your seat with your welcoming glass of champagne followed by a five-course meal with wine.
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Brighton Belle Experience from £295pp. Departs London Victoria June 8, July 13, August 31 and October 19.
Swap your old flask for a more stylish version.
Ettinger (0208 877 1616/ www.ettinger.co.uk), offers this traditional-style hunter flask.
The leather-bound container comes with four stainless steel cups and is available in various colours. £168.