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Winning tip: the farthest corner of Anglesey Penmon is a quiet village on the south-eastern tip of Anglesey, on the coastal path and cycle paths, near a wide sandy beach. The priory of Penmon with its 400-year-old dome-shaped dovecote and the well of Saint-Seiriol are about to arrive. Here there is a lighthouse and cafe and beautiful views of Puffin Island and the Snowdonia mountains across the strait. A walk in the woods leads to a hidden castle. This hidden gem is just four miles from Beaumaris with its castle, shops, cafes, restaurants and boat trips. Susanna Walk, run, test your eyesight in the Teesdale stone sheep sculpture at Low Force on the Teesdale Way. Photo: Christine Whitehead / Alamy The Teesdale Way is one of the quietest trails in England. Largely following the banks of the River Tees, it starts from the isolated moors of Cumbria and descends along the forests and waterfalls of Durham to the industrial landscapes of Teesside and the North Yorkshire coast. I recently hiked a 10 km section of the trail and saw only two other souls, as well as fantastic views and wild deer. There are plenty of options for camping, glamping and guesthouses along the way, including pleasant towns and villages such as Yarm, Middleton in Teesdale and the now famous Barnard Castle. Michael L Coast, canal, forest – and beavers: Argyll Photograph: Mary While everyone else going to Scotland aims for 500 North Coast Road, I turn left at Loch Lomond west for a small area of Argyll where the Crinan canal cuts across the top of the Kintyre peninsula. My favorite section is the one that approaches its western end in Crinan itself, a small village with a tea shop / gallery and a hotel. You can walk or cycle along the towpath (experience the strangeness of a canal above sea level), watch the yachts cross the locks, climb into the forests and perhaps see the beavers reintroduced to Loch Barnluasgan, or simply relax and enjoy the view towards Jura and Mull. It’s a special place, where taking things slowly comes easily. A selection of tips will be presented online and may appear in print. To participate in the latest contest, visit the Reader’s Advice homepage. A Better Walk from Glen Esk, Cairngorms Photograph: Alamy Hikers wishing to climb Scotland’s most easterly munro, Mount Keen, above Glen Esk, all lack a much quieter place of beauty nearby. A roundabout route around Loch Lee and the smaller summit of Cairn Lick is a much more rewarding walk. The walk takes along the loch, passes by the beautiful falls of Unich (photo) and climbs an impressive ravine. On the descent you have a view on one side of a lochan hidden from those at ground level and, impatiently, a panoramic view of Loch Lee stretches along the valley. An inviting perspective for a refreshing dip on a hot summer day. All this and rarely anyone else to share it with Debbie Caribbean Scotland: Isle of Erraid, Inner Hebrides Photograph: Alamy David Balfour’s Bay is a secluded and breathtaking sandy bay with clear turquoise waters and white sand immaculate in a beautiful setting – the tidal island of Erraid, near Mull on the Atlantic coast of Scotland. On a clear day, you could imagine you were in Barbados. To reach the bay, cross Erraid from Knockvologan beach at low tide. This scenic walk can be extended to explore the north side of Erraid where there is a magnificent view of the Sound of Iona. Just be careful with the tides so you don’t get caught – an invigorating swim! Peter Riley Another lost garden in South Wales Photograph: Alex Ramsay / Alamy Dewstow Gardens in Monmouthshire were only rediscovered in 2000 after being buried in tons of soil after World War II and make it a wonderful place to visit for an afternoon. There are little corners everywhere – ponds, rockeries, caves. It reminds me of the secret garden. There are a few large hotels nearby if you want to make it a weekend. • Reopened last weekend, take-out refreshments only, adult £ 7.50, 6-10s £ 2.50, 11-18s £ 4.50, children under 5 free, family £ 24Joanne Skidmore Snowdonia Remoter Photography: Vincent Lowe / Alamy The hills of the Rhinog to the east of Harlech are wild beauties, covered with heather and woods which, from the north, offer a breathtaking view of Cardigan Bay and fabulous walks. They feel distant in that you may only encounter wild goats on your way, but in a few minutes you can descend to the coast, for example, to the morfa (marsh) and the Harlech beach or Shell Island, or the pretty stone cut Pub / Ty-Mawr hotel in Llanbedr. We stayed in the Cottage laundry at Dyffryn Ardudwy near the Cwm Nantcol campsite. Ruth Cove for yourself, Falmouth Pendennis Head … turn northeast along the path to the secluded coves. Photograph: Alamy Do not go to Falmouth Castle, as beautiful as it is. Instead, park in the Pendennis Head parking lot (toll free), then follow the trail east and you’ll end up accessing the hidden coves accessible from the coastal path. With any luck, you will have a handle for yourself, even if you have to share with a gray seal or two. Then, the decor is set for sunbathing, swimming, rock and snorkelling. Don’t forget to check the tide times and keep an eye on the incoming water … Otherwise, it’s the perfect place to relax. Jane Cycling in South Cumbria Photography: Kevin Eaves / Alamy The Furness Peninsula in South Cumbria is a great place to bring a bike. Lots of quiet lanes and close enough to the Lake District to take a walk there. But there are incredible sights in the immediate vicinity. Furness Abbey (photo, free but book a timed ticket in advance) is an impressive ruin and there are beautiful beaches – try Roanhead. There are fantastic views of the Cumbrian Fells from the local moors: the area at the top of Kirkby Slate Road at sunset has breathtaking views and a feeling of loneliness.David Smith Greek island in North Devon Photography: Bernd Brueggemann / Alamy Known as Devon’s Greek Beach, Broadsands Beach in Ilfracombe is a pretty cove that descends over 300 steep steps which help keep the crowds away, even on a hot summer weekend. The hidden beach is backed by cliffs and is best at low tide, with great views of Combe Martin Bay. To get there, find the coastal path behind the Sandy Cove Hotel and look for a wooden sign among the trees on your right. For a good view of the beach, stay a little further down the path to the coast until you reach a caravan park and a well-positioned bench with a breathtaking view from above.Sidra Nawaz This article contains affiliate links, which means we can earn a small commission if a reader clicks on it and makes a purchase. 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