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.

A rail runs through it

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Chris Fitch along a sea-battered stretch of South Devon

The heart of Wessex

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Laura Cole deep into Hardy country

Into the valley

In this month's RGS-IBG Discovering Britain walk Tom Hart finds England's second city relies on a dam built in a Welsh valley

The thin layer

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)'s Discovering Britain walk takes Tom Hart to Cornwall's ancient moorland hub

The raver’s Brigadoon

In this month’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk, Tom Hart investigates Scotland’s holy modern ruin

Judged by our acts

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Tom Hart to Yorkshire’s own heart of darkness

A growing community

For this month’s Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Discovering Britain walk, Olivia Edward discovers how a committed set of agriculturalists has breathed new life into a neglected part of Nottingham’s inner city

Flat land

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Olivia Edward through rural Essex to the Thames estuary, where she’s delighted by a fascinating ‘land of horizontals’

Carved from stone

For her latest Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Discovering Britain walk, Olivia Edward visits Shropshire to learn how glacial meltwater has shaped the history of one of England’s most picturesque market towns

Bombs and bustards

Our series showcasing the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walks continues as Olivia Edward learns how the military has helped to keep a large part of Salisbury Plain safe from harm

The story of the river

In the latest Discovering Britain walk, Olivia Edward gains a fascinating insight into the development of the historic Thames-side town of Marlow

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