Exploring Snowdonia’s Abandoned Historic Sites, from Castles to Quarries

 

 

If climbing one of the many peaks in Wales doesn’t take your fancy, then why not explore one of its historic sites? With literally hundreds of remains spread across Snowdonia National Park, and some in remote areas,  it is easy to channel your inner Indiana Jones and head into the hills.

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Weekend Walks from London: The Ridgeway National Trail


Once a popular route used since prehistoric times by shepherds and merchants, today The Ridgeway National Trail is traversed by hikers, families and their furry friends – and Londoners. With only a 40-minute train ride between the trail and London Euston station, this 87-mile route features some calf-burning hills, panoramic countryside scenery, and plenty of stops for ice cream and pints – enough to make city dwellers satisfied they have left the Big Smoke.

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Beer, Wine and History in Freiburg’s Old Town

With an abundance of hiking trails and other opportunities for adventure sports in Freiburg and the Black Forest, it is easy to get carried away – but with Freiburg’s Old Town, you will find yourself actively blocking out a rest day to explore the city.

Combining Old World charm with stunning scenery, Freiburg offers the perfect setting for lazy meanderings, sampling delicious delicacies and unexpected finds on every street corner.

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A Lazy Sunday Morning Climb in Kostgefall, Germany

After a weekend of sampling every beer and wine the south of Germany has to offer, we were in dire need of some fresh outdoor air and exercise to clear the hangovers cobwebs.

Luckily our friends had an ideal spot in mind with easy climbs, beautiful scenery and icy mountain water to refresh ourselves afterwards – Kostgefall nature preserve.

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An Outdoorsy Weekend in the Black Forest in Freiburg, Germany


Famed for its environmentally friendly credentials and quaint old town, Freiburg is also an ideal place for a laid-back, active weekend in the Black Forest, as I soon discovered.

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Weekend Walks from London: Grand Union Canal Trail

Only 40 minutes away by train from London lies the Grand Union Canal Walk, a trail that incorporates picturesque English landscapes, weird and wonderful canal boats and more pubs than you can shake a pint at along the route.

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Hidden London: A Tour Around Highgate Station’s Wilderness Walkabout

Ever wandered past an abandoned underground station, and wondered what it would be like inside? Or seen a station you didn’t recognise in a film, and wondered where they shot it? With Hidden London, you need not wonder anymore. Each year, this group organises select dates where urban explorers can wander and learn about the history of some of London’s abandoned underground stations and historical buildings.

This year marked the opening of a new tour, around the old abandoned Highgate station. Once a vital stop on the Great Northern Road and later tipped to be an important commuter interchange station, a series of unfortunate events led to it being abandoned and reclaimed by nature. But now, Hidden London are letting people view this urban wilderness for the first time in years.

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The Quirkiest Climbing Walls to Visit Around the World

One night I found myself researching outdoor climbing destinations on Pinterest for holidays. Between the various pictures of sweet overhang routes in Spain and the vertigo-inducing mountain climbs in South America, some truly original indoor climbing walls caught my eye. Now I know what you’re thinking, travelling to a foreign country for climbing only to go to an indoor gym sounds a bit….anti-climatic? A complete contrast to the ‘dirtbag lifestyle’? But take a look at the following below and tell me you’re not at least intrigued! Continue reading

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Why You Should Give Cycling a Try – with Cycle Republic

I think it would be fair to say that the UK is a nation of cycling enthusiasts, of sorts. In between our success in the male and female cycling divisions at the Olympics to our strong presence in the Tour de France, we have a constant drip of cycling inspiration to spur us to give it a try. And judging from the countryside roads that are chock a block with both cars and weekend riders, to parks and nature reserves heaving with families on their own cycling jaunts, even the queues of cyclists on the cycle superhighways in London, many of us have taken up the sport with full zest.

For other people though, cycling simply stops at the screen and news reports.  

To understand what makes people take up cycling in the first place, and offer my own experiences in cycling, I have teamed up with Cycle Republic, who sponsored this post. Continue reading

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How to Make the Most of your Grand Canyon Trip in a Few Days

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Nothing can prepare you for your first sight of the Grand Canyon. Photos, videos and drawings fail to live up to seeing this iconic landmark’s expansive size and striking reddish hues in person. In fact, it can take months to fully explore the Grand Canyon and appreciate its rivers, scenic points and geology, and the park is one of those unique places you can return to at different times and see an entirely new side of it.

Visiting the Grand Canyon at all is a treat for the eyes and senses, but to fully appreciate its beauty and rugged landscape in a short space of time, I would recommend exploring the park over the course of several days at different times. Not only will you be able to avoid the crowds of tourist buses at peak times, you might also be able to see sites and critters no one else gets to see, or even have the park to yourself! Continue reading

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