Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds
Tourist hotspots are hotspots for a reason - they're great places to visit and well worth exploring. But sometimes, you want to escape the crowds and enjoy a sense of space.
You've already shown your adventurous side by reading this blog post, so why not get off the beaten track and solve some clues in lesser-known corners of the UK?!
We’ve gathered a list of our most remote Trails across the UK – all broken down into counties to help your find a Trail close to your home or holiday destination.
Ready to choose your adventure? Click on your county below to find a treasure hunt near you!
- Isle of Wight
- Tyne & Wear
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire (East)
- Yorkshire (North)
- Yorkshire (South)
- Yorkshire (West)
- Argyll & Bute
- Dumfries & Galloway
- Dundee & Angus
- Edinburgh & the Lothians
- Glasgow & the Central Belt
- Perth & Kinross
- Scottish Borders
- Stirlingshire & the Forth Valley
- The Highlands
Even during the busy school holidays, there are lots of remote locations in Cornwall where we have fantastic Trails to help you explore.
We have eight Trails focused around the South West Coast Path, where you can see the beautiful coastline in relative solitude. Our favourite is Lelant to St Ives, but you can also explore Lizard Point, Perranporth to St Agnes, Porthcurno and West Pentire & Crantock. The Polruan and Fowey Trail is also worth exploring but requires catching a ferry from/to the centre of Fowey halfway through.
Fancy exploring some small villages? Try the Bodmin Moor or the Lizard driving Trails. Even the more popular areas of Perranporth and Newquay quickly whisk you away from the town centre to the lesser-known and quieter regions for some solitary exploring.
There are so many areas within Devon that are so quiet and peaceful that you could hear a pin drop.
Explore along the coastline and experience dramatic views with the Hartland Peninsula Trail, where you’ll find yourself perfectly placed to solve some isolated clues. Down on the south coast, take yourself to Bigbury-on-Sea to tackle the Trail and visit Burgh Island.
If you’re up for a drive, climb into the car and witness the stunning sites of the Jurassic Coast as you drive between Exmouth and Seaton to solve the Clues. You probably couldn’t get more remote than the Dartmoor driving Trail, where you’ll journey through picturesque villages and across the breathtaking countryside in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Keep your eyes peeled for the ponies!
There are lots of remote country locations in Dorset, where we have fantastic Trails for an adventure around the county’s hidden gems.
We have numerous Trails in remote villages where you can freely explore. Unleash your inner detective with the walking routes in Cerne Abbas and Yetminster. Or, hop on your bikes to take on the challenge and explore the stunning views along the Moreton & Lawrence of Arabia Trail.
If you fancy driving through a few select villages, try our Giants Head & The Cerne Valley and The Isle of Purbeck History of Mining Trails, or even the Cranborne Chase or The Tarrants routes if you’re close to the Wiltshire border.
If you’re in, or close to, Gloucestershire, then you’re in for a real treat – we’ve got loads of remote places for you to enjoy!
The Forest of Dean is a lovely place to enjoy the wildness of nature, and we have lots of Trails that are off the beaten track around the forest. Edge of the Forest and Drive up the Wye Valley are both driving Trails around the area, while Frampton on Severn and Newent are both small places close to the forest with lots to offer treasure-seekers.
Some places in the Cotswolds are heaving by the summer, but other sites are a little more off the beaten tourist track and are just as pretty. The Cotswold stone cottages and the charming high streets are lovely, whatever the weather. Try Painswick, Moreton in Marsh, Nailsworth, Bibury, Fairford, Wotton under Edge, Berkeley and Dursley Trails. You'll find that parts of the routes are along quiet country lanes and footpaths.
This may be a popular place for visitors across the county to journey to. Still, some areas can be rather empty this time of year – perfect for exploring in solitude!
Head to some well-known but relatively quiet places, such as Cheddar and its gorge up in the Mendip Hills, where you’ll start your quest outside Gough’s Cave and explore the market square. Or, venture towards world-famous Glastonbury and climb up the Tor to soak up the fresh air and ancient history. If history is your cup of tea, head to the quaint village of Nunney, where you’ll discover an incredible castle (especially for such a small place!).
To really see what Somerset has to offer with some remote rural exploration, challenge yourself to the Exmoor driving Trail, starting at Dulverton – ‘the gateway to the moors – and ending at the highest point at Dunkery Beacon. Once visited, Exmoor, it is never forgotten.
You can really appreciate the rolling hills of Wiltshire when exploring some of our more quiet and peaceful locations.
Perhaps begin your healthy mission on the canal, riverside and open fields of the Wilton Windmill Trail. Discreetly move a little further along the canal to Great Bedwyn and Pewsey, or ramble around Ramsbury for more nefarious escapades.
Not forgetting to explore the ancient and military history along the Salisbury Plain Military History driving Trail, where your mission takes you within sight of Stonehenge or the home of The Great Bustard! Wiltshire’s open spaces and mission-rich activities are the perfect places to explore, have fun and keep healthy!
We only have a handful of Trails around Berkshire, and most of them explore bustling town centres. However, we do have one Trail that you can explore in relative solitude.
Slip on your top-secret agent disguise and head to Hurley to take on the spy mission Trail. You will spend a short amount of time within the small village, but much of the route is outside the village, along the towpath and on Hurley Island.
Much like Berkshire, many of our Buckinghamshire Trails are focused on busy, bustling town centres. However, if you can jump into a car, we’ve got you covered.
Try the Chalfont St Giles, Seer Green and Jordan’s driving Trail to explore these three small and peaceful hamlets. Or, take to the hills with our Chiltern Hills Trails. The first Trail explores a variety of points of interest in largely rural areas, while the second Trail starts in West Wycombe and features mostly small villages and rural jaunts.
Believe it or not, there are loads of opportunities to explore quieter parts of Hampshire and learn something new along the way!
There are several walking Trails around the New Forest for you to explore in peace while soaking up the surroundings. Pop on your wellies and head for Lyndhurst to tackle the Forests & Footpaths Trail. You could attempt two in Burley, with the Burley Village of Witches and Burley Forest & Footpaths routes. Or, try the quiet village of Minstead and seek out the grave of Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
On the other side of Hampshire, Selborne offers a delightful Trail that follows in the footsteps of naturalist Gilbert White, featuring the famous ‘Zig Zag’ path up the hill, woodland walks and a stroll through the village.
Despite being a popular and often busy city, the Winchester City to St Catherine’s Hill Trail is a great route to tackle to avoid the crowds, so long as you don’t mind a longer walk! It starts and finishes in quieter parts of the city centre, but most of the Trail features walks around the Water Meadows, up to St Catherine’s Hill and along riverbanks paths.
Fancy a drive? The Aldershot driving Trail explores the fascinating military history of Aldershot and largely avoids the town centre.
Isle of Wight
If you’re over in the Isle of Wight, you’re in for a few long walks if you want to tackle our more remote Trails.
The best part of heading out into the sticks? Beautiful clifftop views! Try the Freshwater Bay & Tennyson Down, the Needles & Alum Bay and the Ventnor Coast & Steephill Cove Trails to really blow away the cobwebs – I hope you’ve got good walking shoes!
Hop on your bike and tackle the picturesque ride from Bembridge to St Helen’s and back, making the most of the harbour, seafront and heritage along the way.
With plenty of coastline to explore around Kent, you won’t have to look too far to find somewhere to have an adventure.
If you’d rather head inland, why not wander around the peaceful market town of Faversham, unlock its heritage and journey to the creek?
Although difficult to escape the crowds, there are many places in London where you can have a walk while solving some clues in relatively quiet spaces.
The best idea would be to head away from the busy streets and over to the parks. Our top picks would be the Battersea Park spy mission, and the Royal Parks of London and The Regent’s Park mystery Trails.
If you are based further out of the city, take a peek at the Highgate Trail, which takes you up onto Hampstead Heath to blow away the cobwebs.
With so many people now working from home, the City of London is relatively quiet, especially on the weekends in term time. The City of London – Pudding Lane and City of London – St Paul’s Trails offer some great opportunities to sneak around and discover what makes London tick.
In Oxfordshire, step away from ‘the city of dreaming spires’ and get out into the rolling countryside.
Take a pleasant walk around the small, quiet village of East Hendred, where you’re unlikely to see another soul as you search for the clues. Or, pop on your wellies and journey towards Goring on Thames to tackle the route from the village, along the towpath and into the countryside.
Fancy getting behind the wheel? Jump into the car to take on our Uffington and White Horse Hill driving Trail. Stroll around the two quiet villages and soak up the great outdoors on White Horse Hill – one of Oxfordshire’s most famous sights.
Despite being a busy and bustling county, there are several more rural Trails in the Surrey area to tackle.
The stunning scenery and natural beauty of Box Hill make it a great place to escape to. Plus, it's lots of fun for mini agents as they tiptoe around to solve the mission. Or, venture down to Chiswick for the Strand on the Green Trail, where your route makes the most of the stunning riverside paths.
Grab your bikes and set off for a good dose of exercise on the Richmond Park Cycle Trail. Keep your eyes peeled -you’re sure to spot some wild deer!
There is a lot of rural space around Sussex and the South Downs, with some quiet villages and towns to visit in relative solitude.
The Crawley Tilgate Park Trail follows a scenic route around the lawns, lakeside and woodland walk in this large, award-winning park. Why not head to Battle and soak up the history and heritage of this famous town? Or, if you fancy some coastal air, make the journey to Winchelsea and venture to the remote beaches nearby once your quest is complete.
East of England
Admittedly, we only have two Trails in Bedfordshire at this moment in time. Don’t worry - you can still get out there!
It'll be tricky avoiding crowds on the Bedford Trail, so head out towards Ampthill and challenge yourself to the spy mission Trail. You’ll explore the pretty town before heading up onto Greensand Ridge Walk, where you can enjoy the beautiful views over the stunning Marston Valley in peace.
This beautiful county has some fantastic sights outside the city of Cambridge, with green spaces and the historic fens as some ideal remote areas to explore.
Slip on your undercover spy gear and head to Ely to take on a new mission. Although a city, this Trail explores all the hidden gems from the quiet streets to the cathedral, journeying around the park and along the canalside. Or, take a trip to the sleepy, picturesque villages of Houghton & Wyton for a real-life adventure in relative solitude – peek at the impressive Houghton Mill and get yourself lost in the amazing meadows.
If you’re over in Essex, take a journey down to the waterfront to enjoy some sneaky clue solving.
Budding detectives may want to make their way to Mistley to uncover the spooky history of the small village. Explore along the riverside and down the pretty tree-covered footpaths to blow away the cobwebs.
For a seaside adventure, Burnham-on-Crouch is the Trail for you! Stroll along the river, past beautiful marshland, the harbour and a play area before returning to the historic High Street to crack the case – now, that’s the perfect recipe for soaking up nature in peace.
With so many rivers and canals around Hertfordshire, it’s so easy to slip away from the hustle and bustle to find nature on your doorstep.
Take on the mission in Ware to sneak along the River Lea, skirt around the ancient priory and unlock the town’s hidden history. Take a trip down the canal towpath on the Bishop's Stortford Trail, unlock spooky secrets in Haunted Hitchin and begin your Royston quest at the peaceful nature reserve.
For a real treat of peaceful clue solving, take on the Berkhamstead case to roam along the peaceful canal towpath and then back to the grounds of the ancient castle ruins, which provide an idyllic setting for a picnic.
Pack your supplies and head to the coast to blow away the cobwebs and explore the hidden gems Norfolk has to offer.
Despite being a popular tourist location, the Great Yarmouth Golden Mile Trail offers an ideal opportunity to roam along the seafront away from crowds. For something a little more wild and untouched, try Cley-next-the-Sea with its picturesque mill and proximity to the marshes (take time to roam around them, too!).
Head inland to take on a case in the sleepy village of Sedgeford, or for a really long walk (6.5 miles!), take on the challenge of the Salhouse & Woodbastwick Trail, with time to enjoy some solitude in the broads where you can relax by the water and soak up the scenery.
For a good dose of exercise, hop on your bike and try out The Birchams Cycling Trail, following predominantly public roads through the beautiful surrounding countryside.
There are some stunning sights for you to seek in Suffolk while enjoying the solitude.
Jump in the car to take on the Suffolk coast driving Trails, either Southbound or Northbound, visiting three of the finest coastal villages in Suffolk with clues set in Walberswick, Dunwich and Thorpeness.
Take on the Aldeburgh quest, set inside an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to roam around this genuinely unspoilt seaside town. Even the popular Southwold whisks you out of the winding streets to the promenade, where you can soak up the beautiful coastal views.
With so many rolling hills and quaint villages around Derbyshire, you won’t struggle to find somewhere isolated to escape to for some fresh air.
Some of our more remote locations for fantastic Trailing would be Bugsworth Canal Basin (a Trail along a very informative section of our historic canals), Castleton in the stunning Peak District and Netherseal in the south of the county.
Wirksworth has a fantastic hilly section to its Trail that will have you searching through the stars, while Hartington and Hayfield are just so small that three’s a crowd. Of course, we couldn’t not mention Eyam – the plague village…but you maybe want to ensure you take a picnic up to Monsal Head if you visit there.
You’ll be pretty spoiled for choice with the numerous remote locations around Leicestershire that are perfect for exploring in solitude.
Pack supplies and head to the sleepy village of Rothley to weave through the streets and across the town green. The historic market town of Ashby-de-la-Zouch whisks you through the open green space of the park area and over to the castle used by Sir Walter Scott in his classic novel ‘Ivanhoe’.
Your quest in Barrow upon Soar roams around the weir and canal towpath, while the investigation at Billesdon offers an optional detour to the nature reserve as you ponder your case notes. Even in the city, the Leicester Castle Park Trail gives you a chance to slip into the quieter areas, around the castle and through the park.
Fancy a trip behind the wheel? Jump in the car and take on one of our great Leicestershire driving Trails. Belvoir Castle Country and Vale of Belvoir both take in the stunning scenery and offer the chance to explore some smaller, quieter villages around the pretty valley. The Appleby Magna to Shackerstone Trail takes you on a journey through East Leicestershire, concluding with a stroll along the towpath at Shackerstone.
There are heaps of remote locations in Lincolnshire where we have fantastic Trails to help you explore away from the crowds.
Even in Lincoln, the quiet old streets of the Cathedral Quarter and a secret garden allow for some solitary exploring.
Admittedly, we only have a handful of Trails in Northamptonshire at this moment in time. Don’t worry - you can still get out there!
Budding detectives will want to pack their supplies and head to Braunston to wander along the canal path and around the marina. Or, journey down to Oundle to weave through the old town streets, across the water meadows and along the rippling riverside.
If you want to make a day of it on a real-life adventure, take a trip to Stoke Bruerne. On this real isolated treat, you’ll roam through the small nature reserve and up through the village to the church, then to the canal to walk along the towpath to Blisworth Tunnel, the third-longest on the canal system.
There are some glorious parks and historical green spaces to explore in the stunning home county of Robin Hood.
On the Nottinghamshire – Leicestershire border, the Vale of Belvoir Villages driving Trail will tickle your taste buds as well as take you to some quiet villages, while the outlaws amongst you can head to Sherwood Forest to seek Robin Hood on the Major Oak Trail.
Be tempted by a trip to the wide-open spaces at Wollaton Hall to soak up the country air (and spot some deer). There's so much space in the park area that you'll barely notice your fellow visitors!
Even in the country’s smallest county, we have some gloriously isolated spaces for you to explore.
The best remote Trails in Rutland involve a trip in the car (or a good dose of exercise on a bike if you’re up to the challenge!). So, jump behind the wheel and head down to Rutland Water to tackle the North Shore or South Shore driving Trails and take a tour of the pretty villages and gorgeous scenery around the reservoir.
For a real treat, slip on your undercover spy disguise and take on the Welland Valley driving Trail. You’ll journey through the timeless countryside, under the viaduct to Harringworth and along the valley, solving sneaky clues in solitude at some sleepy villages along the way.
Herefordshire is one of the lowest populated counties in the UK – perfect for exploring in solitude!
Here’s an idea – watch the Anthony Hopkins film Shadowlands about CS Lewis and/or read his Narnia series. Then, take on the Drive Around the Malvern Hills driving Trails to journey through places he loved to go that also feature in the film.
Pack supplies and seek out the hidden gems of some of the pretty market towns, which are fairly quiet on non-market days – our favourites include Bromyard, Ledbury, Ross on Wye, Leominster, and Kington. Or, take on the Black and White Villages Driving Trail, which potters through the sleepy villages of Eardisland, Pembridge and Weobley.
Even the quest at the popular village of Symonds Yat, tucked away in the spectacular Wye Valley, quickly whisks you away from the crowds for an expedition along the rippling riverside.
With World Heritage Sites and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a stone’s throw away, dusting off cabin fever has never been easier!
The quaint Shropshire market towns of Bishops Castle, Church Stretton and Cleobury Mortimer are all very sleepy places and create the perfect peaceful atmosphere to crack the clues and get some fresh air. Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock are a little busier, so save those for some out-of-season exploration.
Or, for a real dose of stunning natural (and industrial) beauty, take on the Coalport or Ironbridge Gorge Trails, where you can explore the hidden gems and uncover fascinating historical tales as you roam beside the River Severn.
With the moorlands on your doorstep, making the most of nature in solitude is a piece of cake (ooh, you could pack a slice for your picnic, too!).
Fancy a drive (or an even more challenging cycling trip)? Hop behind the wheel and explore the stunning sights in the southern Peak District National Park on the Staffordshire Moorlands and Land of the Manifold driving Trails. Or, head to southern Staffordshire to drive the Northern Chase Trail around Cannock Chase, stopping off in sleepy villages to solve sneaky clues.
Unfortunately, virtually all the Trails in this county are in busy towns and cities – so while we can’t recommend any remote locations here, you can still go ahead and do one of the local Trails if you avoid busy times.
Although it can be quite busy, the Old Kenilworth and Abbey Fields Trail is definitely worth visiting out of season, giving you the chance to visit the small town and explore the Abbey Fields and track down the treasure around the ruins.
Much like Warwickshire, virtually all the Trails in this county are in busy towns and cities – so while we can’t recommend any remote locations here, you can still go ahead and do one of the local Trails if you avoid busy times.
However, if the park is open, we have a short but sweet Trail around Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge where you can solve the sneaky clues and enjoy the fresh air. Or, venture out on the Allesley Park and Village Trail, where you can gather evidence and chase down the crook away from the crowds in the beautiful Allesley Park.
There are stunning far-flung places to explore in this pretty county, with surprisingly spectacular views – get out there and soak up the country air!
When the fruit trees start to blossom, head for Trails around Evesham, Pershore, Broadway and Droitwich Spa. If you fancy a drive, don your detective hat and take on the Beckford to Bredon driving Trail. You'll pass by the fruit farms and fields and fields of apple, pear and other stunningly beautiful trees in blossom.
Black and White Ombersley, Inkberrow and Arrow Vale are all places that don’t have many people or a massive appeal to tourists but are interesting and historical, and all have some hidden gems to spot along the way.
For a real treat for the senses and a strong dose of exercise, challenge yourself to the Malvern Hills Northern Heights Trail. You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world and the only soul around, for that matter. Be warned, you’ll need a sturdy pair of walking shoes and lots of supplies (you know, water, lunch, chocolate… the essentials).
If you want to escape the crowds, there are lots of remote locations in the Humber region where we have a fantastic Trail to help you explore.
Get in touch with the great outdoors and take on the Danes Dyke Woods Trail. Loop around the spectacular nature reserve and explore this unique sea and cliff environment, home to many exotic trees, along with many species of birds and butterflies.
If you fancy exploring some small, sleepy market towns, why not try Pocklington, Market Weighton or Driffield? We even have Trails in the quiet coastal towns of Hornsea and Flamborough, where you’ll get lots of fresh air in relative solitude.
With the moors on the doorstep and the coastline just a stone’s throw away, you’ll have no trouble finding remote locations to explore in North Yorkshire.
The Bolton Abbey Trail takes you through the historic estate and riverside, but you need to book ahead for parking. Or choose from three fantastic driving Trails to explore remote corners of the North York Moors or the Yorkshire Dales for some solitary exploring: Hole of Horcum, The Coldstones Cut and the Three Peaks Scenic Drive.
Even the more popular towns have quieter Trail options to take you away from the crowds. In Scarborough, try the Scarborough South Cliff Trail for some brisk sea air, or jump on your bike for a ride down The Cinder Track. In Harrogate, find tranquillity away from the town centre on the Harrogate – Pirates in Valley Gardens Trail. If you’re up in Richmond, the Richmond Riverside Trail takes you on a scenic walk to Easby Abbey and back.
Admittedly, we only have four Trails in South Yorkshire at this moment in time. Don’t worry - you can still get out there!
We wouldn’t recommend tackling the Sheffield, Doncaster or Barnsley Trails as it will be hard to avoid any crowds (they're definitely not remote!). Instead, head out towards the charming village of Wentworth and challenge yourself to the mystery Trail. Explore the sleepy centre in solitude before wandering to the magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse through the gorgeous estate park.
There are so many unexpected sights and hidden gems in West Yorkshire – you’ll be totally spoilt for choice!
For a real ramble, the Ilkley - A Walk on the Wild Side Trail takes you up onto Ilkley Moor (baht ‘at) for some fresh air and spectacular views. The Bingley Trail whisks you away from the town centre and up to the magnificent five locks and beyond. Try the Holmfirth and Hebden Bridge Trails to make the most of the peace and quiet of the sleepy villages.
Even the more populated city of Leeds has a great Trail to escape from it all – Leeds Roundhay Park has plenty of space for everyone to enjoy a bit of solitary exploring!
Looking for somewhere off the beaten track to explore in Cheshire? We’ve got you covered!
How about challenging yourselves to two of the three “wiches” and journeying to Nantwich and Northwich? Where the Cheshire peaks meet the Cheshire plain, find Macclesfield and roam around the scenic historical sites with fantastic views along the way.
You could even visit the charming market town of Lymm, solving the sneaky clues in relative solitude, discovering all about its ancient visitor and finishing with a bracing walk around its dam. Or, marvel in the tiny village of Daresbury, the birthplace of Lewis Carroll, and unlock its secrets.
Despite the popularity of the Lake District as a holiday hotspot, there are lots of remote locations in Cumbria where we have fantastic Trails to help you explore.
The Coniston Low Yewdale Trail takes you out of the village to explore up the valley along country footpaths for some stunning views, and Maryport will provide you with some much-needed fresh sea area as you explore.
Fancy exploring some small villages? Try the Cartmel or the Troutbeck Trails. Even the more popular areas, such as Grasmere and Grange over Sands, quickly whisk you away from the town centre to the lesser-known and quieter regions for some solitary exploring.
There are heaps of quieter locations around Lancashire where we have fantastic isolated Trails to help you explore – even in city centres such as Manchester and Preston!
Check out the Manchester Castlefield and Preston Parks and Gardens Trails, which quickly whisk you away to open spaces within the city. To explore small villages, why not try Pendle Witches or Dobcross?
Admittedly, we only have a handful of Trails in Merseyside at this moment in time, and most are in bustling city centres. Don’t worry - you can still get out there!
Why not explore the hidden gems of Southport on a driving Trail and make a day of it? Visit the Botanic Gardens with its lake and Victorian fernery, Hesketh Park, where there's loads of space to run and explore (bring a picnic). Finish with some bracing sea air in your lungs as you head out along the famous Southport Pier.
Step away from the historic city centre and into the rolling countryside to discover remote locations ideal for an expedition.
Head to the coast for some bracing sea air on the Seaham Trail, where you’ll search for the sneaky clues in solitude along the promenade, beach and woodland.
Fancy a drive? Hop behind the wheel and challenge yourself to the Tees Valley driving Trail. You’ll take the scenic route to visit the sleepy, picturesque villages nestled on the banks of the Tees.
With the National Park and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the coastline, Northumberland boasts a number of opportunities to soak up the fresh air and blow away the cobwebs in peace.
Visit the charming, sleepy village of Wylam and unearth its heritage, including a stroll along the old railway track. Or, slip over to the coast to explore Lindisfarne, skirting around this unique and atmospheric island before finishing near the castle keep. Please note that the island is cut off twice a day by the tide (can it get more remote than that?!), so please check the crossing times at the causeway.
Fancy a drive? Hop behind the wheel or on your bike if you’re feeling adventurous, and take on one of the coastal driving Trails. Choose between journeying from Craster to Warkworth or Warkworth to Craster and exploring lovely little villages along the way.
Tyne & Wear
Escape the hustle and bustle of Newcastle city centre and journey to the sea to soak up the coastal scenery and brush off the cabin fever.
Prepare for a good dose of exercise on the Cullercoats to Whitley Bay Trail, where you’ll follow a long tradition of seaside strollers, heading along the seafront and enjoying the sea air as you make your way to Whitley Bay.
Or, pack supplies (and sturdy walking shoes) and take on the Seaburn to Whitburn Trail, following the golden sands and discovering many points of interest as you investigate the park, church and seafront.
Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire
There are some stunning remote places along the Welsh coast that are ideal for budding explorers.
Discover the coastal gem of Aberaeron, where you’ll get whisked away from the town to journey along the seafront and shingle coast path. Or, take on the challenging walk at New Quay, where you’ll roam around the picturesque harbour and climb to a stunning vantage point.
Although a bustling town and popular tourist destination, the Cardigan Trail explores the outskirts and castle. Plus, you have the opportunity to relax down on the beach in peace. For a scenic riverside walk and an expedition around historic sites, Newcastle Emlyn is the Trail for you.
Famous for its mountain scenery and magnificent sea views, there’s always somewhere waiting to be explored in North Wales.
Aberdovey and Porthmadog are beautiful spots crying out to be discovered. Ruthin is a hidden gem of a place, and the town of Prestatyn, where Offa’s Dyke concludes its mammoth journey along the Welsh marshes, offers a restful break.
Admittedly, we only have four Trails in Pembrokeshire at this moment in time. Don’t worry - you can still get out there!
Skip the more popular visitor sites and head for Newport Town, where your mission to solve the Clues will lead you to the estuary, through the town and past the church before returning to the harbour along the coastal path.
The stunning ancient Kingdom of Powys has some fantastic, remote hidden gems to explore.
Right in the heart of the stunning Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) sits the market town of Brecon, where the Trail weaves through the streets before whisking you away to the scenic canalside walk. Or, for a real treat, journey to Rhayader, where the route heads through town, down to the river and past the castle. Nestled amid beautiful rugged scenery, this is a great place to dawdle while listening to the birds and looking out for leaping salmon!
There are several Trails in South Wales away from the coast that explores sleepy places where only a few locals will be out and about.
Fancy a drive? Hop in the car to marvel at the spectacular views on one of the beautiful driving Trails around the valleys. The Vale of Glamorgan Trail takes you on a journey by the coast where you can soak up the sea air, while the Wye Valley Trail weaves along the border, visiting sleepy villages and offering the chance for a peaceful woodland adventure.
Once you step away from the city, there are a number of chances to get out and explore the sights in relative solitude.
The Elgin Trail on the north coast offers a chance to get on the beach, while south of Aberdeen, Stonehaven is a pretty harbour town that will get you to escape the city and get a dose of the bracing sea air.
Inland, Ballater was put on the map by Queen Victoria – a station was built for her there. After the tragic fire in recent times, the station has reopened to get you to this thriving tourist destination that is often sleepy outside of the summer.
Argyll & Bute
If you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of Argyll & Bute, you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to visit, whether you live on or off the mainland.
For those on beautiful islands off Scotland’s west coast, we’ve got you covered. The brilliant Bowmore Trail will have you investigating the case through the town's pretty streets and around the harbour. You'll even venture into the countryside for some stunning views of Loch Indaal.
Further up the coast, the North Mull driving Trail takes you around the northern coast of the island with beautiful rugged and picturesque views along the way – ideal for brushing off the cabin fever.
The Isle of Arran is also known as Scotland in miniature. On it, Blackwaterfoot is a short family-friendly Treasure Trail at the quieter south end of the island.
Dumfries & Galloway
Jump in the car (or on your bike for a real dose of exercise) to take on a real-life adventure around the southwest of Scotland with the Whithorn Trail. Weave through the town centre before journeying to nearby villages and taking in the Isle of Whithorn.
Dundee & Angus
Get out of the city and journey into the country and coast to explore some fantastic remote locations to the east.
Skip Dundee and head to the villages of Forfar and Montrose, which are right on your doorstep. Forfar whisks you away from the town centre and through the fabulous Reid Park. Meanwhile, the Montrose Trail does explore the historic town centre, but you’ll also roam down the coast path to solve clues in relative solitude.
Edinburgh & the Lothians
Skip the hustle and bustle of the capital and visit some more remote, pretty towns that the Lothians has to offer.
In Linlithgow, you’ll roam beside the pretty loch and uncover fascinating tales while solving clues in the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. Whereas Haddington takes you on an easy-going stroll through the town and into parks with scenic riverbanks.
You’re in for a real treat with the North Berwick investigation, where you’ll tackle a gentle climb to take in some fantastic views over the town. Your descent can be a fun scramble down the grass or via the path to continue around the North Berwick harbour and the rest of the town.
Where do we even start with the beautiful places tucked away along the coastline of Fife?
There are a number of towns and villages along the coast path that offer the chance to soak up the sea air in relative solitude. Skip the busy town of St Andrews and head further south to Crail, where your quest whisks you along the Castle Walk with splendid views across the River Forth before continuing on to the harbour and a walk by the sea.
For a good dose of exercise and activity, hop on your bike for a ride from Cupar to Ceres, unlocking secret stories and pretty sights along the way.
Glasgow & the Central Belt
It’s harder to escape from busy streets when you are in the Glasgow/Central belt area. But don’t worry - there are still some nearby places to enjoy exploring.
Did you know that in a village just outside Paisley, there is a monument marking the birthplace of William Wallace? You’ll find it on the Elderslie Treasure Trail, while the nearby Paisley Trail celebrates that town’s industrial heritage.
For some more history, head to Hamilton to discover the Hamilton Mausoleum, which some say is the largest mausoleum on this side of the Pyramids.
Perth & Kinross
If you’re lucky enough to live in this pretty region, you’ll already know that Perthshire is known as “the garden of Scotland”.
Try Aberfeldy, which takes you away from the centre for some exploring away from the crowds. For a more scenic exploration, the Kinross Trail starts in town but quickly whisks you away to the shore of Loch Leven from some great views. Why not extend your walk along the loch once you’ve completed your Trail?
There are some intriguing rural locations to explore in relative solitude in this rural area of Scotland.
Get on your bikes for the cycle Trail between Selkirk and Galashiels. Or, not too far out of Edinburgh, the town of Peebles has much to offer, and the Trail leads you away from the hustle and bustle via woodland and riverside for some quieter exploring.
Stirlingshire & the Forth Valley
There are some stunning rural areas that can be explored in solitude around the beautiful Forth Valley.
If you want to stay fit and get a good dose of exercise, the Stirling Trail offers a hilly challenge! Or, journey over to the pretty, sleepy towns of Dunblane or Bridge of Allan to search for the sneaky clues in peace.
You can’t get much further away from it all than in the Scottish Highlands.
Or, why not go on an expedition to the former Viking settlement of Wick, where you’ll get whisked away to the harbour and riverside while unearthing fascinating historical tales?
County Antrim & Belfast
There are some stunningly remote places to explore away from the crowds in County Antrim, especially around the coast and Lough Neagh.
Skip the hustle and bustle of Belfast centre and head across to Antrim, where the Antrim Castle Gardens Trail takes you from the lough shore along the Six Mile Water riverside walk to the Castle Gardens as you hunt for the treasure. While this area is a popular place for locals and tourists to visit, there's so much space around you that it won't feel busy at all.
There are heaps of places to journey to around County Down without visiting the tourist hotspots – ideal for remote exploration!
While these three Trails all have clues to crack in main shopping areas, you'll also be whisked away to explore quieter, more spacious areas. The Hillsborough Trail gives you a chance to visit the historic castle grounds while Bangor takes you to green parklands. On the Holywood Trail, you'll discover the Sea Park Recreation Park, patrol along the coast path and investigate the Old Priory!
Derry & Tyrone
We only have a handful of Trails in Derry & Tyrone, but there is still the chance for an adventure!
The Portstewart Trail offers up some bracing sea air as you roam along the scenic coastal path, beach and promenade in your attempt to thwart enemy agents.
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