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Odyssey’s end: exploring Milos and Sifnos, Greece

On his last leg – literally – of a summer tour, our writer finds two lesser-known Cyclades islands are full of mostly pleasant surprises, from the warm hospitality to swimming off deserted beaches

Dawn was breaking as I swam out from Paliochori beach. Twenty metres offshore, in the first rays of sunlight, I could see bubbles emerging from the sea bed. There was a roaring in my ears, like Poseidon’s kettle about to boil, plus some alarming gusts of warm water. Island of Milos, I thought, you are full of surprises: a volcanic Jacuzzi in the sea itself. Then I got out of the water and walked up the beach barefoot, straight into my second surprise: a thorn bush.

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Trail finder: our top ten 10 walks with stays in Britain

With scenery to make the heart soar and handpicked places to stay overnight en route

The UK boasts a diverse network of walks that tell our history, form natural borders and nourish our souls. Some have become endurance tests for trophy-hunting hikers, many can be broken down into manageable chunks for recreational ramblers or those of us looking for an excuse for a pub lunch. Whatever your walking mojo, you’ll want to rest and rejuvenate with an overnight stay. Here are 10 popular walks with two boltholes along the way, ranging from hotels to yurts. Use them as starting points for a section of a national trail or to break up a long-distance challenge.

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