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Ooh, Water­gate. Nixon. Sub­terfuge. All The Pres­i­dent’s Men. Well, yes. But not in this case. This is Water­gate Farm, a Cum­brian farm­house avail­able for the week be­gin­ning Oct 20 for £1,076 (na­tion­al­ hol­i­days). It sleeps six on the edge of Loweswa­ter – which nes­tles in a wooded val­ley and, rather con­ve­niently, is fringed by a four-mile lake­side trail. The Caribbean doesn’t re­ally do autumn. Just sum­mer. Still, Hike Caribbean’s (hike­ breaks in­clude a “Colo­nial His­tory and Hik­ing” hol­i­day which vis­its An­tigua and St Kitts and Ne­vis in 12 days. From £2,795pp; flights ex­tra. If you’re per­am­bu­lat­ing in west Scot­land this month, you’ll need some­where warm to re­turn to at day’s end. Like, say, Stone­field Cas­tle, which peers on to sal­mon-stuffed Loch Fyne – and is framed by 60 acres of wood­land for ex­tra autumn piz­zazz. Dou­ble rooms in Oc­to­ber from £114, with breakfast; be­spoke­ho­ stone­field­cas­tle. The is­sue with walk­ing in western Scot­land or Snow­do­nia is that there are lots of steep bits. No such prob­lem ex­ists in Nor­folk, where a mouse rear­ing up on its hind legs counts as a hill. The Nor­folk Walk­ing and Cy­cling Fes­ti­val will dis­sect the county for the rest of this month, with guided am­blings tak­ing place from the Broads to Sher­ing­ham and Nor­wich – see nor­­folk/nor­folk-trails. Hik­ers in Wales in the com­ing weeks could trace the lip of Cardiff Bay, or am­ble around the Mum­bles head­land near Swansea. Good ideas both. But if you want to put one foot in front of the other with pur­pose in the Prin­ci­pal­ity this autumn, there is but one Snow­do­nia Walk­ing Fes­ti­val. It lasts for a mere week­end (Nov 3-4; snow­do­niawalk­ingfes­ti­ uk) and will forge out from the Conwy vil­lage of Betws-yCoed, with a mix­ture of fam­ily strolls and stren­u­ous hikes. Start pok­ing around big moun­tains too late and win­ter will poke you straight back. But the Adler Spa Re­sort Dolomiti has it right with its three-day “Autumn Sunshine Walk­ing Spe­cial”, avail­able un­til Nov 4 ( from €480pp/£426, flights ex­tra (adler­, which shows off the dra­matic peaks of north­ern Italy. Never let it be said that Swe­den only deals in splen­didly frol­ic­some sum­mers and fros­tily per­fect win­ters. It’s pretty ac­com­plished at autumn as well. Not least in the Gothen­burg Ar­chi­pel­ago, which lies scat­tered due south-west of the coun­try’s se­cond city. Sunvil ( sells a six-day break to the area which spends three nights on the islet of Styrso, where you can wan­der wood­land trails. From £804 a head, with flights.

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