Quirky Treasure Trails
Are you looking for something a bit different for your next Trailing adventure? How about one of our Quirky Treasure Trails?
We’ve singled out a few Trails that feature extra-special themes or backstories. We’re not just talking your standard Detective Mystery, Super Secret Spy Mission or Treasure Seeking Explorer Trails! We’re talking about those Trail that go a little bit further in terms of being written around a particular theme.
So here are our picks of the Treasure Trails that are a bit different!
Newquay is a well-known and very popular seaside resort on the North Cornish coast. But did you know that Newquay has another side? If you are feeling brave, may we recommend Spooky Newquay?
You may know Warminster as a delightful market town whose centre has retained many of its 18th and 19th century buildings. But did you know all about the media interest following the reported sightings of numerous UFO’s nearly 50 years ago? Now is your chance to find out on the Warminster – Alien Portal Destruction Trail.
Are you looking for something spooky to do with family and friends? Do you want to try a little ghost-hunting? You should try the Winchester City North Ghost Trail or the Winchester City South Ghost Trail.
For those keen on literature may we recommend our Trail in Rochester – A Dickens Mystery? Many of the buildings found on the historic high street were incorporated into Dickens’ novels.
Although there are nearly fifty Trails in London, the two quirky ones we wanted to bring to your attention are The Ghost of Dick Whittington and The Green Run London Tube Trail. In the former you visit the historical sights of the man who rose from a poverty-stricken childhood to become Lord Mayor of London, including setting off from his resting place at Mansion House. In the latter you have to solve a Spy Mission by visiting station stops on the District Line, travelling in either direction.
East of England
If you fancy yourself as a ghost-hunter then why not explore Haunted Hitchin? You’ll uncover hidden gems and discover fascinating ghost stories about Hitchin’s former residents.
If you are in the East Midlands and fancy a non-urban Trail, why not visit the large English oak which is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old on the Robin Hood’s Major Oak Trail? Legend has it that the ancient oak not only provided Robin Hood with shelter, it was also the place where he and his Merry Men slept!
Another world-famous English wordsmith is celebrated in Shakespeare’s Stratford. You will visit both the house where the Bard was born, and also his final resting place.
The sweet-toothed amongst you will love to discover the wonderful world of chocolate and sweets on the York Chocolate and Sweet Trail. As York’s sweet story unfolds, you will see a grand selection of the city’s architecture and historic attractions before you reach your final destination – the chocolate museum.
If you’re in the Greater Manchester area you might like to try to break the curse cast by the evil witch, Abby Cadabra on the Manchester – The Wizard’s Spellbook in the Spinningfields area of the city.
Head out in your car from the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford on the Pendle Witches Trail. Did you know that this area was the home of the Pendle Witches who were tried and executed for witchcraft in 1612?
Prepare to enter another world just a few miles off the Northumberland coast, when you go to the Holy Island for the Lindisfarne – The Viking Hoard Trail. Holy Island carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls and was ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th century.
Discover life gone by from every century for the last 700 years on The Wicked Wizard of Alnwick Trail, and explore this small market village most famed for its castle’s links to Harry Potter.
County Antrim and Belfast
If flowers are your thing you will love the Belfast Botanic Trail in which you explore the Botanic Gardens, The Botanic Palm House and the Ulster Museum.
Fans of Scottish history will be fascinated by Largs, the Quest for the Viking Sword. The town is famed for a battle in 1263 when the Vikings, attempting to land from a fleet of longboats, were repulsed by the army of Alexander III.
And in Fife, may we recommend Dunfermline – Robert the Bruce? On the Trail you will visit the historic abbey churchyard where the remains of King Robert the Bruce were found covered in lead and wrapped in a golden shroudon 17 February 1818.
Fans of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will love Looking for Alice in Llandudno. In 1861, the real Alice in Wonderland (eight-year old Alice Pleasance Liddell) spent the first of many summer holidays in Llandudno. It is believed that Carroll may have visited his friends the Liddells at their holiday home and been inspired by Alice and her adventures.