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The Lake District voted top UK National Park

Lake District named top UK National Park by Countryfile

The Lake District has topped a poll of BBC Countryfile magazine readers to be awarded the best national park in the UK. The award came after Countryfile readers voted the Lake District ahead of all 14 other national parks, beating the Peak Districts and Northumberland into second and third respectively.

The Peak District affords stunning views

Pedal power around the Peak District, sketching as you go

Explore the Peak Distract this spring by pedal power as the next guided tour on the Monsal Trail is to take place on Sunday 27 March. The Tour de Sketch ride is organised by the National Park Authority's Pedal Peak District project and will allow cyclists and sketchers to explore an area of natural beauty.

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Coffee with a local in Amsterdam

Amsterdam

This week IdealShortBreaks.co.uk is in Amsterdam drinking strong black coffee with local Machteld Ligtvoet, who gives us tips on some of his favourite local haunts – including where you can go to find one of the best views of the city.

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?