Looking ahead to New Year’s Resolutions for 2017? Trying to decide how to work off those Christmas calories? How about walking? Getting outside and walking in Britain is free, easy and accessible to most of us.
We’ve already seen 2016 prove to be a big year for the outdoor enthusiast with the nation either donning their running shoes or walking boots to #GetOutside.
With the year coming to an end we’ve taken a look back at the most popular destinations searched by walkers on our popular OS Maps online service. An amazing 1.4 million destination searches were carried out via our online version of OS Maps in 2016. So, where were people hoping to explore?
- Snowdon – 4388 searches
- Keswick, Cumbria – 3374
- Edale, Derbyshire – 2750
- London – 2185
- Ambleside, Cumbria – 2165
- Brecon – 1892
- Castleton, Derbyshire – 1892
- Coniston, Cumbria – 1814
- Malham, N Yorkshire – 1726
- Patterdale, Cumbria – 1590
National Parks in England and Wales are well represented, and are stunning parts of the country to visit. Sadly, no Scottish destinations quite made the top 10, with Aviemore (1551) and Glencoe (1473) just missing out.
Nick Giles, Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure, said: “Great Britain is a beautiful nation and we are blessed with amazing areas which we can easily access and enjoy. I am not overly surprised by the majority of the locations in the search results, as they focus on popular visitor hot spots and National Parks.
“There are a few locations on the list which I have personally not visited yet and I’ll be aiming tick these off my to do list in the New Year. So why not make 2017 the year you discover more of Great Britain and start planning today?”
We want to make the outdoors as enjoyable, accessible and safe as we possibly can. We have a range of map products and resources for all abilities so there really is no excuse why we can’t all get outside in 2017.
Sign up for OS Maps to plan your routes online, print out maps and more. You’ll also be able to access the app and have a handy reminder of your route on your phone. There are 500,000 routes ready to follow or you can easily plot your own. Don’t forget, we always recommend taking a paper map and compass along with you too, to help stay safe on your adventures. You can use our videos and guides to brush up on your map reading skills if you’re feeling a little rusty.
Up, up and away with Instagrammer of the week @wallywanders…”Autumn Falls (Sgwd yr Eira): I love flying my drone around the national park. It gives you such an amazing and unique perspective on places that you thought were all so familiar to you. Sometimes I chuck it up to check the weather over the hill, or just to make sure I’m heading the right way! (Flying a Phantom 3 Pro for those interested).”
Feeling inspired to #GetOutside more in 2017? Let us know your resolutions on the blog. You can find more inspiration on the #GetOutside website os.uk/walking. We are always keen to hear of your personal adventures, you could even be included on the site or blog. To share your adventure email OS on email@example.com or tell us your own favorite places in the comments.