The following day north Devon was ours to explore. The odd-sounding villages of Sheepwash, Kings Nympton and Knowstone enticed us into territory immortalised by the novel Tarka The Otter, before we were drawn back to the sea and to the tiny cliff village of Clovelly. Here, at the edge of the ocean, we could have sworn we saw Lundy, a distant smudge on the horizon. CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: the breathtaking island of Lundy lies 11 miles off the mainland; Knowstone – a pretty north Devon village; visitors can rent the Old Light on Lundy; the countryside of north Devon is among the most attractive in England. The final fling Make the most of late-season snow in the Austrian resort of Obergurgl by booking an April skiing holiday DINING 7 PIECE SET The ski scene in Obergurgl is not unlike the images projected on to the big screen in 1970s James Bond films – stunning scenery, chocolate-box architecture and smart people making their way down uncrowded, glistening pistes. The more relaxed pace is rather like the Alps of 20 years ago. And if you visit off season, as we did, you feel as if you are skiing on private mountains. The joy of Obergurgl is its height and excellent snow record. In mid-April we had fresh snow, bright sun and long days.