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Taking a dip in Wastwater Lake in the Lake District, catching an inland wave at Surf Snowdonia, watching sunlight breaking over the Scottish Highlands and discovering the Giant’s Causeway, are just a handful of the OMGB (Oh my Great Britain) experiences featured in VisitEngland’s new campaign to promote memorable moments that can only be had on holiday in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The four-week #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’  campaign aims to inspire people to take a short break at home and encourage Brits to share their own memorable #OMGB moments on social media. To help with some inspiration, VisitEngland has rounded up some of the best #OMGB activities and locations for TNT readers.

Caving in the Yorkshire Dales

Spread over 683 square miles the Yorkshire Dales are a beautiful landscape of gently tumbling countryside and wide valleys. And the limestone cliffs and gorges that characterise the picturesque scenery extend below it… way, way below. The cave system of the Dales is believed to be one of Britain’s longest and most complex, with the Ease Gill system alone making up an elaborate network of over 43 miles of known passageways and Gaping Gill cavern large enough to swallow St Paul’s cathedral. Under expert guidance, people can experience the heart-pounding excitement of caving at every level. Vertical caving, horizontal caving and potholing are all on offer as you suit-up and head down into a bewitching subterranean world. Prices are around £90 - £230.

Trek the Lake District with fluffy Llamas

With Lakeland Llama Treks, you can enjoy the companionship of a local Llama on a guided trek around the beautiful Eden Valley in Cumbria. A range of different treks are on offer for different levels and ages, ranging from a one hour mini trek to longer countryside trails. Complete the experience with a stay in the Llamas Pyjamas B&B and a bite to eat at the Llama Karma Café (which also doubles as a zoo). Treks from £25 per person. 

Paddleboard around the Isle of Wight 

What better way to explore our island nation than from the sea? Swap a boat for a paddleboard for a slower exploration around the Isle of Wight. While experienced paddleboarders have been known to circumnavigate the 60 miles around the island, less accomplished ‘sailors’ can limit their journeys to a leisurely paddle around the beaches and bays. Prices start at around £13 per person per hour. 

Visit a former ‘supervolcano’, Glen Coe, Highlands 

As Scotland’s most iconic glen it’s no wonder that this epic setting appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall. Its raw beauty is best explored on a hike, roaming amongst wild deer and admiring rocky peaks shrouded in mist.


Canoe along the Wye Valley

You don’t have to go to New Zealand or Canada for a scenic canoeing experience. The River Wye leisurely sweeps and twirls its way through the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Emerald green fields, deep limestone gorges and opaque hillside forests line its banks taking you through chic Regency market towns and past ancient castle ruins and riverbank pubs. Some stretches are best left to experienced canoeists, but chose your route carefully and you’ll encounter only tranquil waters. An open-top Canadian canoe is the perfect way to experience the river in the hot summer months. Moor at Symonds Yat for some food and drink at The Saracen’s Head Inn before walking to Symonds Yat Rock for a spectacular view of the valley and a glimpse of some peregrine falcons nesting in the surrounding cliffs. Prices start at around £30 for a two-man canoe.


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