24
Apr
2015
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All about the Southern Upland Way

Southern Upland WayWalking from coast to coast across an entire country? For many of us, that’s the type of holiday we dream about. It’s good exercise, puts you right in the centre of your surroundings, and gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you’re done.

Scotland is rife with incredible walking paths – we’ve already covered the West Highland Way – and there truly aren’t many countries that can boast as much breathtaking natural landscape, particularly so close to us living in the UK. Read More

23
Apr
2015
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Happy St George’s Day

Most of us know that Saint George is the patron saint of England – although fewer know the date of Saint George’s Day each year. We find it interesting that he’s so popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry – but actually wasn’t English at all, in fact very little is known about him. He was probably from Cappadocia (now in Turkey) in the third century, but there is little that has been confirmed and it’s largely seen as myth. Despite that, he is also patron saint of many other places –Greece, Catalonia and Germany to name a few.

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22
Apr
2015
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Life after the trig pillar

Talking about the 79th anniversary of the trig pillar this month has sparked a flood of reactions. Lots of our lovely followers on social media sent us pictures of them (or their dogs) with our trig pillars around Britain. Others expressed delight that they now know what those odd concrete pillars were for. Some wanted to adopt a trig pillar if we no longer used them (sorry, not something we offer). Still more people were amazed that we no longer use the vast majority of trig pillars and asked us what we use instead. The answer to that is OS Net.

Some of the fab trig pillar photos sent in to us recently

Some of the fab trig pillar photos sent in to us recently

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20
Apr
2015
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Being a groundhopper – an adventure to see every League football ground in the country

stokeToday’s guest blog is written by Steven Rittey, Leisure Cycling and Walking Holidays Manager at Wheel2Wheel Holidays based in Manchester. Steven writes ‘Tales from the Cycle Trails’, a weekly newsletter for leisure cyclists. Here he describes the challenge of visiting every League football ground in the country… Read More

17
Apr
2015
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Quiz: How well do you know the UK’s mountains?

Ullswater from Arnison CragWe all know that the UK is a fantastic place to go walking, but if you want the best view, you need to head up a mountain. Luckily, the UK is home to hundreds of mountains, so you really are spoilt for choice. It would take you some considerable time to explore them all.

How good is your knowledge of UK mountains though? Let’s put it to the test. Close Google and put your smartphone to one side, and answer the ten questions below. Let us know how well you did in the comments!

1. An easy one to start… What is the highest mountain in England?

  • Ill Crag
  • Scafell Pike
  • Helvellyn
  • Skiddaw

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15
Apr
2015
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Eyes along the coast – The National Coastwatch Institution

NCIToday’s guest blog comes from Richard Hews of the National Coastwatch Institution, a voluntary organisation protecting and preserving life at sea around the UK coastline.

How it all began

A tragedy in southwest Cornwall gave rise to what is currently one of the fastest growing members of the UK Search and Rescue (SAR) organisation.

In 1994, two fishermen drowned when their boat capsized near a Coastguard station on the Lizard which had closed some eighteen months earlier. Sadly, the fishermen’s fate passed unseen. Read More

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