Things to do in the New Year

Reading a Waitrose magazine, I came across a list of places that sounded good enough to eat. The unusual sounding place are unveiled in the Slightly Overcooked Map of Tasty British Place Names - its fab and can be found on the Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick website.

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Eight of the tasty names were listed in the magazine and we’ve reproduced them below so if you fancy a trip out to any of them don’t forget to pack the nearest Treasure Trail to each one for a gastronomic explore!! Definitely something to put on your things to do in 2016 list.

Shank Bridge and Currie

Nearest Trails to both these places are in Edinburgh, where there are a four Trails to choose from! From Edinburgh Old Town to Edinburgh New Town and with Greyfriars or the Royal Mile in between! Has anyone done all four?

Mincing Lane

This one is in London and there are over 30 Trails in Greater London alone. The nearest one though to Mincing Lane is St Katharine’s Dock and the Tower. A very popular Trail the clues are all around St Katharine Docks and the nearby Tower of London! The route leads you around the picturesque and historic docks next to Tower Bridge, finishing near to the iconic Tower itself.

This Trail includes some short flights of steps, so is regrettably not suitable for wheelchairs but is manageable with a pushchair. Please note that some areas of this Trail are only accessible between 8.00 am and dusk (varies).

Olive Road

Head to the South Coast to find Olive Road in Hove and enjoy one of three in Brighton or head a little west and explore Shoreham-by-Sea.  The Trail brings Shoreham’s lively maritime past to the fore, whilst you take in the place where King Charles II fled after the Battle of Worcester. Across the estuary you will spot Shoreham Beach with its historical fort at the entrance to Shoreham Harbour and state of the art Lifeboat station. Along the Trail you will discover the oldest non-religious building in Sussex and the incredible Church built at the end of the 11th century. Also whilst on the route, you may be lucky to spot some of the interesting private aircraft as they take-off and land at the nearby Art-Deco Shoreham Airport. Gotta be done right?

Burnt Tree

I wouldn’t fancy eating Burnt Tree, but maybe some do! There aren’t any Trails really close by so we figure the key to success will be the Wolverhampton Trail. Wolverhampton was granted city status in 2000 as a Millennium City. Long proud of its independence from nearby Birmingham and the neighbouring towns of the Black Country, it is a thriving centre in its own right. The architecture reflects the role of wool in its medieval prosperity and you will explore this and much more on your very own Spy Mission themed Trail.

Butter Street

You will come across this street if you follow the Henley In Arden and Alcester Driving Trail. Both towns are steeped in history and have High Streets that are reminiscent of a bygone era. With an abundance of fine cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and the famous Henley Ice Cream, you are sure to have a great day out.

Puddingcake End

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Trail is the nearest Murder Mystery to solve before you head off into the wilds of Kent to find Puddingcake End which is off Puddingcake Lane! Think this is one of our favourite funny names - any one know what the history of it is?

The Slightly Overcooked map design will be available on tea towels, mugs and a wipe-clean print - we think you could combine one of these items with a selection of Treasure Trails for a fun and adventurous gift for a loved one’s birthday or special occasion. Let us know if you have been to any of these places - we love to hear about your adventures and explorations.