Articles to inspire your next adventure (the reading list)

In Upcoming by Claire

This is a much less organized resource of places I want to visit than the Hit List. Any articles or mentions of interesting places that sounded plausible, interesting and worthy of more investigation are here.

Some I’m not even sure I do want to visit yet, and all need some time spent hatching a plan. But fleel free to take a rummage around and hopefully you’ll find some of it interesting or helpful.

  • UK rock awesomeness
  • The best 50 bike rides, by The Independent Flitch Way, Essex 8 miles, sustrans.org.uk Even Essex has its own traffic-free rail trail – the Flitch Way from Braintree to Little Dunmow. It’s not the only way in Essex but at a flat eight miles through woodland and with a convenient train station at Essex it’s a good starting point for family bike rides in the county.
  • Out of this list of 800 years of UK history, the frozen village of Tyneham in Dorset looks weirdest. And the Kinder Scout Mass Trespass in the Peak District, Derbyshire, looks most gorgeous.
  • I want to google this list of UK walks: Cotswold Way National Trail, Cumbria Coastal Way, Highland Way, East Riding Heritage Way, Grand Union Canal Walk, Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail, Herriot Way, Hertfordshire Way, Mendip Ring, North Downs Way National Trail, North-West Coastal Trail, Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, Peak District High Level Route, Norfolk Coast Path National Trail, Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, Pennine Way National Trail, Snowdonia Round, Solent Way, South Downs Way National Trail, South West Coast Path National Trail, Southern Upland Way, Thames Path National Trail, Wainwrights Way, Wales Coast Path, Wessex Ridgeway Trail, West Highland Way, Westmorland Way, White Peak Way, Wilts and Berks Canal Towpath, Winchcombe Way, Offa’s Dyke (near the River Wye and Forest of Dean) and Wye Valley Walk
  • The Guardian’s Best UK bike rides
  • Cheap weekend breaks in England
  • 25 places easy to get to from London
  • This ride’s only eight miles around Sutton’s epic-sounding cycle system. I want to skip the train and ride there.
  • Gloucester – I started a big triangular walk around Gloucester where my friend Yvonne lives, but we paused it when she had some foot arch problems. We’ve ticked off two of the three sights (giant rock with awesome view, and a curious bridge) but I’d like to go and find the third one: some old caves.
  • Hatfield House: Tudor and Stuart heritage in 21 minutes 21mins King’s Cross-Hatfield (Herts). Quicker than your daily commute, a train ride from King’s Cross will bring you to the gates of Hatfield Park, the 1,000-acre setting for this grand Jacobean house, built in 1611 by the Earl of Salisbury. Swap traffic fumes for the perfumes of the scented garden, trade the tube for horse-and-carriage rides and spend the day wandering the ornate halls and opulent galleries. Be sure, too, to check out the Tudor Banqueting Hall, sadly all that’s left of Hatfield Palace, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. Then take a stroll through the park to the very spot where the young Elizabeth learned she was to be Queen. More accessible and less rammed than a traipse round Hampton Court – and every bit as regal. Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts, AL9 5NQ (01707 287010, www.hatfield-house.co.uk).
  • Peak District to hike the ridge of Mam Tor
  • Walk all three places on my Bowndling water bottle
  • Kew gardens
  • Petersham
    Petersham Nurseries – “This rustic getaway is just perfect for resetting your batteries after a long week in the city. Make a day of exploring the nurseries and gardens and break from lunch at Petersham’s lovely glasshouse recipes.” Closest station: St Margarets, Zone 4. Fare from Zone 1: £3.90 http://petershamnurseries.com. Some other green ideas here.

  • Canterbury. I want to find a really ace list of stuff to go and a sexy cycle route there.
  • Love this article about Bristol by Yin N Yang
  • Head to the deserted Scottish moors. The 21.15 to Rannoch Moor, UK.
  • Waltham Abbey
  • Rochester, Kent. It has the tallest medieval castle. More detail about the ride and location needed.
  • West wittering?
  • Avebury, Wiltshire. “The stone circle is that big. Avebury Stone Circle is older and much larger than Stonehenge.”
  • Falmouth
  • Go to St Mawes by ferry
  • Cycle trip (?) to ‘The Lizard’ (UK’s most South-Westerly point, which is meant to be pretty serene and
    calm – so perfect for bikes)
  • Arnsile, silverdale, Cumbria
  • Ilfracombe, UK
  • “I’m shouting out for more UK destinations and voting for the Chilterns in 2013, just outside London town – this area of outstanding natural beauty can be reached on the Tube – Amersham is your station. Despite being in the busy South East, there are places to go where you can get away from crowds, and blow the cobwebs away with some downhill mountain boarding, mountain biking or rolling down a smooth grassy slope. Then there is Death or Glory, or Ridgeway Bitter to get stuck into.”
  • Scottish mountains: on Sgurr na Stri in the #Skye Cuillin on Saturday. Best view in Britain?
  • Lake district: buttermere
  • and the Old Man of Coniston

  • Cumbria: “Enjoying a total temp inversion from Skiddaw looking over cumbria”

    Snowdon: “1 more vid view of the Sunset by Trailfell

  • Tom recommends: Henry Moore Foundation, Broxbourne, much haddam and cold christmas (just for the name)
  • Try a Ride 25 leg: http://nowherefast.cc/25-long-weekends/
  • – Art adventure for a casual day: ‘Constable Country’ Dedham Vale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Essex-Suffolk border in east England. “With a walkers guide to this 60-mile regional route, from Newmarket near the source of the River Stour through the Dedham Vale.” Source
  • History, chilled, tidal: Northey Island can only be reached during low tide. It’s where the Battle of Maldon happened. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northey-island/visitor-information
  • Pierdom
  • Delabole Quarry in Cornwall here and here
  • “Lulworth crumple” on the Jurassic Coast
  • My friend says Hathersage in the Peak District is a good place to go camping.
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