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10 of the best UK picnic spots: readers’ travel tips

From bucolic Buckinghamshire to lochside beaches in the Highlands, our tipsters share their favourite spots for a summer picnic

As a child, the highlight of the holidays was spent running up and down “the humps and bumps”, as my brothers and I called the hillocks in Brill (13 miles west of Aylesbury), pulses racing, followed by a family picnic on a blanket. Sometimes we would picnic in the back of my parents’ old banger, excitedly peeling the shells off our boiled eggs as the rain slashed against the windows. How I would love to go back, though I’m not sure I could fly around the terrain with such speed any more. I wonder if the old windmill is still there …
Sarah de Costobadie

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From Stonehenge to Iceland’s Arctic Henge, by motorbike – photo essay

Stonehenge is the springboard for a motorbike and ferry trip to a modern, pagan-inspired monument in Iceland, taking in Germany, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands – and some seriously unkind weather for those on two wheels

Like Stonehenge in southern England, Arctic Henge acts as a kind of huge sundial, capturing sunlight and casting shadows. It has four aligned six-metre-high gates with a 10-metre central column. When completed it will be 52 metres in diameter. It is still being built from locally quarried basalt rock on an outcrop of land in north-east Iceland, overlooking the remote village of Raufarhöfn – the corner of the mainland closest to the Arctic Circle.

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