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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.

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

Water Wall

For this month’s Discovering Britain viewpoint, Laura Cole explores Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin

Out of the box

For centuries, crowds have descended – or ascended – on Box Hill in Surrey. For this month’s Discovering Britain trail, Laura Cole finds out why

The hole story

This month’s Discovering Britain trail takes Laura Cole underground into the secret caves of Nottingham

Reading the waters

For this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole talks to Tristan Gooley, author and ‘Natural Navigator’, about one of his favourite viewpoints

Minecraft village

In this month’s Discovering Britain, Laura Cole visits the Victorian slum forgotten by Britain, but treasured overseas

Little white lies

In our first look at Discovering Britain’s new viewpoints, Laura Cole visits the Seven Sisters in East Sussex to find a scene you’re probably familiar with

Britain’s Atlantis

This month, the RGS-IBG’s Discovering Britain series introduces one of its new trails and takes Laura Cole to a ruined city on the Suffolk coast

Borrowed time

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Laura Cole to Heathrow’s hidden medieval village

The peoples’ forest

This month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Discovering Britain walk takes Laura Cole to the ancient woodland of Epping Forest

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’

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