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This week, we've been thinking about the UK. Turns out a trip in Blighty can be just as exciting as a weekend jet-setting around Europe...

Drive ‘Britain’s Best Drive’ through the Lake District
Re-opened this month following damage caused by Storm Desmond, the A591 ‘Britain’s best drive’, stretching between Kendal and Keswick in Cumbria, is home to some of the world’s most jaw-dropping scenery. Those making the 45 minute journey are rewarded by no fewer than five dramatic Lakes, dozens of world famous mountains and some of the most idyllic places in the world. This drive ranks so highly because of the impressive views of five lakes - Windermere, Rydal, Grasmere, Thirlmere and Derwentwater – which can all be seen from the road and the magnificent mountain scenery including the Langdale Pikes, Helm Crag and the glacial valley of St John’s in the Vale. Capture your OMGB moment at Rydal, a great stop for photos and some of the best views from The Lion and the Lamb mountain from Grasmere.
www.visitcumbria.com 

All aboard the Hogwarts Express


Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter and board Scotland's legendary Jacobite Steam Train, featured in the Harry Potter films. Muggles will travel from Fort Williams to Mallaig on Scotland’s West Coast, a 135-km round-trip winding through Highlands valleys and beside lochs and glens. The #OMGB moment is crossing the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan viaduct, memorably captured in the Harry Potter films and overlooking Loch Shiel. The Jacobite Steam Train runs from May to October, with trains departing twice-daily. Try to book a seat in carriage D, featured in the Harry Potter movies.
www.westcoastrailways.co.uk
 

Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail
Originally created by coastguards who would patrol the south west peninsula looking out for smugglers. 630 miles of superb coastline makes up the longest National Trail in the UK, with beautiful views across cities like Portsmouth, Dorset harbour, awe-inspiring rocky outcroppings rising from the ocean, and shining, golden beaches.  With inspiring scenery and geology, you can take a relaxing stroll to get back in touch with nature, or challenge yourself to hike the entire 630 miles from Somerset's Minehead to Dorset's Poole Harbour. 
www.visitengland.com/experience/take-south-west-coast-path-national-trail 
 

Sea kayaking in the Lake District
Hang up your hiking boots and take to the water to discover the coast from a different perspective. Travelling from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar, visitors have the chance to spot seals on the rocks and sea birds gliding over the waves, as well as enjoy a spot of lunchtime rock pooling. Prices £40 per person. All levels welcome. For information call 0844 249 1895 or visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/44261145-8792-4477-8092-1e56315cf464/pages/details

Go the ‘Super Slow Way’ and celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
England and Wales are home to 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, flowing through vibrant countryside and bustling cities, making them an ideal way to soak up the surroundings at a slower pace of life. 2016 sees the Leeds and Liverpool canal, the longest in Britain at 127 miles, celebrate its 200th anniversary with a series of events making it the perfect time to explore this unique waterway. The anniversary year will culminate in October 2016, with the awarding-winning, heritage education boat, Kennet re-creating the first complete trans-Pennine journey along the canal by the merchants of Yorkshire and Lancashire 200 years ago.
www.canalrivertrust.org.uk 

 


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