Cornwall for emmets*: Ten things you might not know about Britain’s wild West

Polperro harbour scene
Polperro harbour scene: summer holidays don’t get more Cornish than this

Everyone knows Cornwall, don’t they? Even those who’ve never visited Britain’s sunshine coast can conjure a mental image of ice cream, rockpools, smugglers’ coves and picture-perfect fishing villages.

Well, here’s your chance to prove you know your pilchards from your piskies. How many of these rock-solid facts about Cornwall did you already know?

* Not sure what that means? You’re in the right place – read on.

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Non-stop to Bali from Heathrow

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Bali, at sunrise
Water temple of Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, on Lake Bratan in the central mountains

Direct flights now operating with Garuda Indonesia

Here’s news to banish those winter blues. For the first time you’ll be able to board an aircraft in Britain and step off in beautiful Bali, Indonesia’s best-known paradise island.

So if you’ve ever been tempted by Bali’s idyllic scenery, tropical seas and friendly people — now there’s one more reason to visit in 2019.

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Updated: New routes from Heathrow for 2019

Mountains reflected in turquoise green lake
Mountain lake in the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area, Sichuan Province, China – now within easier reach via Chengdu

Flights to Lefkada, Corsica, Charleston and Chengdu, in China’s Sichuan Province, have all been announced for summer 2019. Read on to see who’s flying where, and why you might want to go.

UPDATE: Flybe has announced flights from Heathrow to Newquay, Cornwall. And British Airways has added two new summer routes, to Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Montpellier (France), and a year-round service to Islamabad (Pakistan).  Details below …

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Stress-free ski: alternative resorts to get you off the beaten track

Seated couple in ski wear, alone, enjoying mountain viewWe love the Alps. Really. Nowhere in Europe says ‘skiing’ like the Alps. They’re deservedly popular, year after year – so majestic, so popular, so … comfortable. But if you’re an independent-minded soul, looking for new horizons and fresh snow, maybe Bulgaria, Norway or the Black Forest will be just the ticket. Here we present three of Europe’s other perfect pistes …
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