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The Eagle Has Landed village, Pangbourne, Berkshire

Walk in a nutshell
This will take you much of the day, but as it is mainly flat it shouldn’t be too taxing. From Pangbourne, you’ll loop around the Thames valley, taking in the quaint village of Whitchurch-on-Thames and fine beech woods on the edge of the Chilterns, before detouring into Mapledurham.

Why it’s special
Mapledurham featured in the 1976 movie The Eagle Has Landed, directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, in which Germans invade an East Anglian village in an attempt to kidnap Winston Churchill. The Church of St Margaret, Mapledurham House and the watermill appear in the film.

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Tom Kington on the island of Pantelleria, Sicily

Anyone who lives in Italy long enough and tries to understand the effervescent Italian temperament comes to suspect that there is something in the water. And the soil, and the steam which gushes out of a thousand cracks, up and down this very volcanic peninsula.

To really understand what is going on, a trip to the very end of Italy is needed, to an island half the size of the Isle of Wight that sits further south in the Mediterranean than the north coast of Tunisia.

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