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Daft Stuff You Absolutely Need to Know

Regular Trailers will know that all our Trails have 2 or 3 funny, quirky or just plain interesting “Did you Knows” which relate to the towns and villages the Trails are set around. We don’t have any pan UK Trails, but if we did we might use some of the following “Did You Knows” just for fun.

Did Ye Know Me Hearties

  • 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  So you will need to get ready for it by polishing up on phrases like Arr and Aye Aye Cap’n! The point of the day is it is pointless apparently and you can read all about it here!
  • The word pirate comes from Latin pīrāta, from Greek peirātēs one who attacks, from peira an attempt, attack. Another one for the quiz bank.
  • Pirates are great singers because they can hit the high C’s! Ha ha.

Does Anyone Know

  • Jack the Ripper enjoyed a brief career as London’s most infamous serial murderer and the fact that he was never caught still adds to the mystery surrounding him. Nevertheless, it is thought that his horrible mutilation of

Mary Kelly was his last act of violence and there is no evidence that Jack, whoever he may have been, killed again after November 1888. Phew!

  • Ruder Symmetry is an anagram of Murder Mystery as is Dry Summer Tyre. When investigating if you have a list of suspects you could “try seedy Mr Rum” or “try Mrs Mudeery”!   What other nutty anagrams can you get from Murder Mystery?
  • Arsenic has been called “The King of Poisons”, for its discreetness and potency. Many famous lives have died through poison including Napoleon Bonaparte, George the 3rd of England and Simon Bolivar! Yuck, must be a horrible way to die

Psst, Did You Know

  • James Bond’s code 007 was inspired by the bus route from Canterbury to London that Ian Fleming took!   Today, there is an 007 that goes from Bromsgrove to Halesowen – doesn’t have the same ring about it, does it.
  • There is an international spy museum in Washington, but you don’t have to go to America to visit a spy museum! Here in the UK we’ve found one in Herefordshire dedicated to Violette Szabo and one in Chicksands in Bedfordshire.  There is also the Mason Collection housed in a museum in Essex which displays ‘real pieces of espionage equipment’.
  • Apparently the game “I spy with my little eye” originated in the early 20th century as the first record of it is in The Winnipeg Free Press in December 1937! Now you really did need to know that didn’t you!

What other daft facts can you add to this list? Comment below or on our facebook page!

11th September 2013

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Long Distance Walks for the Bucket List

“Long distance walking is a brilliant hobby” said a friend recently.  In our book any walking is good, so whilst few of us have time to take off for a long walk, below is a brief round up of what is on our bucket list!

The Camino Way, Spain

The Way of St James aka The Camino Way is a long distance walk that has attracted thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over Europe and as a result there is no single route or trail. It all depends on where you start!  As the song goes “it’s not where you start, its where you finish” and this walk finishes in the city of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain which is where the tomb of St James was claimed to have been discovered back in the year 813.  The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987 and it was also named one of UNESCO‘s World Heritage Sites. Long Distance Walks for the Bucket List - CaminoIt must surely rank as one of the oldest named walks in the western world. Provided you walk a minimum of 100kms of the Camino Way walkers can earn a compostela or certificate of accomplishment to prove they’ve done it!    Did you know that when you finish one of Treasure Trails’ walks and submit the right answer, you can get yourself a certificate?

California Coastal Trail

The most interesting sounding long distance trail in the US is the romantically named The Grand Enchantment Trail. It doesn’t sound like a walk for the faint-hearted as the listed hazards along the way include desert heat and sun as well as mountain snow and high-water fords! There are poisonous snakes and scorpions to watch out and primitive conditions!   730 miles across the American South West wilderness, the route starts near Phoenix and heads east to Albuquerque, New Mexico!  We won’t be tackling that any time soon, but we would be very happy to walk some of the Californian Coastal Trail. Whilst this is yet to be totally completed, the aim is to ensure that the Trail will eventually run continually from Oregon to Mexico and the principles to be adhered to in its design are it will be “within sight, sound, or at least the scent of the sea.”  We have lots of Trails within sight of the sea, and some that loop with the coastal paths, particularly the Cornwall ones!

Africa

We are not sure that Africa and long distance walking make comfortable companions, but we have been intrigued by the recent Julia Bradbury programmes on BBC entitled South Africa Walks. Somehow, we wouldn’t have expected it to make great television – watching someone walk rather than getting out there ourselves. Perhaps we can get the BBC to commission us to be filmed whilst we walk!  Some of you do film yourselves solving our clues and we love to see your videos, so keep them coming in to us.

UK 

Of course we can dream about California and Africa, but we are much more likely to tackle a long distance walk in the UK.  Long Distance Walks for the Bucket List - National trailsOne of our Trail Writers has written a companion to The Cotswold Way (N to S) and another has written a set of Trails all along the coast in Norfolk, one of which is 8 miles long.  So, watch this space and you may find other Treasure Trails that are longer than the more usual less than 5 miles!

Of course if you are into long distance walking, you could stitch a number of Treasure Trails together! How many Trails can you complete in a day? Or how many Trails have you completed over a 24 hour period? Answers below please or on our facebook page!

28th August 2013

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