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DISCOVERING BRITAIN

Discovering BritainBritain’s landscapes are wonderful. From the mountains and glens of the Scottish Highlands to the rolling downland of Southern England; from Cornwall’s jagged coast to the flat fenlands of East Anglia. Every landscape has a story to tell about our past and present.

Discovering Britain is an exciting geographically-themed series created by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) that aims to bring these stories alive and inspire everyone to explore and learn more about Britain. Discovering Britain tells stories about the landscape and inspires you to explore why Britain is the way it is today. You will discover how our towns, cities, countryside and coastlines have been shaped by people, historic events, the economy, the forces of nature and much more.

The walks, trails and viewpoints are designed to be fun, informative and inspiring. They’re completely free, self-guided and suitable for all ages and abilities. You can choose between a downloadable booklet or an audio commentary. Prepare to discover something new and to be surprised by what’s right on your own doorstep. You can find out more about them at www.discoveringbritain.org, or on the Discovering Britain Facebook page.

Here at Geographical we’ve followed the routes of some of Discovering Britain’s walks, trails and viewpoints ourselves, and our experiences are included below.

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits Hay-on-Wye, the border town full of novel ideas
For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole walks up Gunnerside Gill, a valley in the Yorkshire Dales with a toxic history
For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits the Ring of Brodgar on mainland Orkney, one of Britain’s oldest historical sites, and possibly one of its oldest graffiti canvases
For this month’s Discovering Britain Trail, Laura Cole visits Norwich, a city of rebellion turned city of sanctuary
For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits St Andrews to investigate a festive method for protecting the coast
For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole explores Pontypool in South Wales, a town that had its own industrial revolution
For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole heads to Kinder Scout to celebrate the Mass Trespass of 85 years ago
For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole visits Croydon, London’s almost-city, in its moment of rapid transformation

Hill of Secrets

For this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits a viewpoint in Wiltshire for a look at the largest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe
For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole travels to the seaside village of Padstow near the mouth of the river Camel

Glacier Country

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits a glacier’s graveyard in Northern Ireland that is still defying explanation

The Celtic Rainforest

In this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole explores Coed Felinrhyd, an ancient rainforest hidden in North Wales

Rock of Ages

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole heads to Kingston-upon-Thames to find a piece of sarsen stone with a lot of history
For this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole travels to Sheffield, which claims to be the UK’s greenest city

Thirsty Works

In this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole visits the partially submerged church at Rutland Water

Hull of a City

For this month’s Discovering Britain Trail, Laura Cole takes a walk around Kingston-upon-Hull, the UK City of Culture for 2017

Jurassic Park

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole travels to London’s Green Park station, an unlikely place to find ancient sea creatures

Moor than meets the eye

In this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits Rannoch Moor, a plateau of bog in the Scottish Highlands, shaped by its glacial geography as well as the fraught history of the people who used to live there

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