Discovering the simple pleasures of the Wye Valley's riverside routes and market towns

The river-veined valley that bills itself as the birthplace of British tourism is an ageless scene. The Wye’s simple pleasures — chattering birdlife, slow-moving boats and walking trails weaving through steep, squirrelly beechwoods to views of the castle-studded Welsh borders — have long had the power to seduce, inspiring authors, artists and even a poetic tribute from Wordsworth.

Life on the longest river: sailing 140 miles along the Nile

To see Egypt from the Nile is an iconic journey. The banks of the world’s longest waterway are home to much of the country’s population, where ancient tombs are still being discovered and day-to-day life depends on its ebb and flow.

Photo gallery: Life on the longest river

To see Egypt from the Nile is an iconic journey.  The banks of the world’s longest waterway are home to much of The Country’s population, where ancient tombs are still being discovered and day-to-day life depends on its ebb and flow.

Bolivia: Down the Rio Yacuma

The caiman sized me up, all venomous reproach and pointy teeth. It sliced through the water until it was in snapping distance of our little boat. “Do they ever attack people?” I asked. “Oh yes,” said Sam, my local guide, who I liked but didn’t entirely trust

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