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Treasure Trails Sporting Heroes

Treasure Trails Sporting Heroes - A Winter's TrailWe love a good sports event and are excited about the Commonwealth Games and watching the UK’s sportsmen and women.  We’d like to introduce you to some of the other sporting heroes that feature in our Trails around the country!

Messing about on water

Down in Bournemouth the Sands were buzzing with bikini clad models and tanned surf bums there for the annual Blue Wave Surf Awards. They were also there on the lookout for the new limited edition balsa wood surfboard created by legendary surfer, Billy Bob Abubo. Sadly Billy Bob’s body was found floating in the ocean with no sign of his new board.

Old Etonian, Bert E. Worcester, had been celebrating the victory of the Eton College rowing team at Dorney Lake, with fellow Old Etonians at one of Eton’s hostelries. A little the worse for wear he dropped his wallet as he got into a taxi to go home. The wallet and all its contents, was hidden as a prank and needs to be found.

Pint-sized feisty cox Bunty Rowlock-King apparently sabotaged the boat of opposition team Rivertown Rowing Eights and ended up dead floating under Putney Bridge!

Leading oarsman, Ivor Rowlock, was found dead in his skiff just before the Marlow Regatta,

Messing about in water

The body of experienced sea swimmer, Flo Teawings, was washed ashore. The local Caister-on-Sea police chief, Al Loalowallo, suspected foul play.

The body of a Filey swimmer Belle E.Flopp was also washed up on the beach. Ms Flopp was on track to beat the hotly contested flying belly flop world record.

Residents of Kinghorn were shocked when the body of much loved local diver Mr C Side was found on the beach.

Fishing is one of the UK’s most popular sports

Something fishy was going on in Bibury! Whilst hoping to hook a juicy trout from the clear waters of the River Coln, tourist and keen angler, Juan Da Gottawei, got more than he bargained for when he netted a bottle containing a map. It showed the location of buried treasure somewhere on a faraway island.

Fleetwood fisherman Hal E Butt made the catch of the day when he found an old rum bottle in his nets, complete with a treasure map and clues showing the location of the ill-gotten gains of an old Caribbean pirate hidden on a small island somewhere in the Irish Sea.

Walter Plank, Portland’s well known mackerel catcher turned his fishing boat, The Happy Hooker into a racing yacht, much to the dismay of the local sailor Godfrey Scuttlebutt and his yacht owning chums. When Walter’s body was found on his ‘yacht’, Scuttlebutt was the prime suspect but rumours are afloat that Walter had a murky past.

Taff Bargoed Park, on the outskirts of Merthyr Tydfil, hosts many angling events and is a popular leisure destination amongst the locals. Old man Phil Gill won the Top Trout Trophy for years and is unbeatable. Up and coming youngster Tim Finn was a marked contender to beat Phil Gill but his body was found, washed up on the far side of the lake.

Running & Jumping

A media frenzy followed the discovery of the body of popular runner Jim Nasium. There are rumours of an alleged association with organised crime in Watton.

Celebrated show jump rider and Gloucestershire socialite, Jim Carner, was found dead following an alleged argument in his stable block at Northleach.

Popular ball game heroes

We feature a retired international cricket umpire, Clem ‘Sticky’ Wickett who was bumped off in Chester-le-Street.   Another cricketer was disqualified for ball-tampering. Embittered county cricketer Lewis Duckworth hatched a wicked plan to ensure that rain stopped play for every cricket match due to be held at Lord’s. His weather machine can keep the dark clouds over St John’s Wood at bay!

Football ace Will McMillan Howard, was found dead, and his shocked family based in Newquay said there is no truth in the rumours featured in a tabloid newspaper that he had run up massive gambling debts.

And finally, the future of a famous golfing championship is in jeopardy. Someone has stolen all the trophies for a forthcoming event! The police are having a rough time. The press claim this is par for the course. A little birdie however has anonymously sent them two sheets of paper. Sadly there was a hole in one. But the other appears to be a map showing the location of the hidden loot!

If you fancy following in the footsteps of one of these sporting heroes, just download one of our Treasure Trails and set off on your own adventure today!

23rd July 2014

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Picnic in the Park

Summer has arrived and we have a top tip to make your next Treasure Trail a tasty treat for the whole family to enjoy.

If it is a nice day break up your exploring with a picnic. Included in the training that we give to all our Trail Writers is the instruction to make sure that if at all possible the route they choose passes at least one really nice place to have picnic.

Did you know that picnicking has its origins in Britain?  The earliest picnics were medieval hunting feasts in England which were generally held before the hunts began and hams, baked meats and pastries were the standard fare!   If you do go on a Treasure Trail, then you may still be carrying on the tradition of eating before hunting – treasure hunting that is!

Picnic in the Park - Perfect picnic fare
Perfect picnic fare

Perfect picnic spots in our view have these elements:

  • Picnic benches – We have a Murder Mystery Trail around Hay on Wye, a small town on the borders of Powys and Herefordshire and world famous for being the book town. The picnic spot is half way round the Trail where a set of picnic benches are set up on the banks of the River Wye.
  • A brilliant viewFiley is a good old fashioned seaside resort with great views. There are a range of picnic spots to choose, from the many benches along the promenade and in the parks and gardens, to the wide sandy beach or up to Filey Brigg and the start of the Cleveland Way. It is a fab one for sandcastles too!
    Picnic in the Park - Don't get sand in your sandwiches!
    Don’t get sand in your sandwiches!



  • No trafficCheltenham Pittville is all parks, gardens and lakes. Pittville, originally built as the ‘new’ spa town to rival Cheltenham itself, is a delightful blend of wide open spaces, elegantly laid out residential squares and long, straight walking paths. Starting at the birthplace of the composer Holst this Trail leads you along traffic-free pathways through Pittville Park along ‘The Lawns’ with its convenient year-round cafe, before you cross the water via the footbridge. Pause to let the children have fun at the designated play area, discover the aviary close to the famous Pittville Pump Rooms and you might even be entertained at the band stand – what better place to have a picnic!  One happy customer recently remarked “It was truly enjoyable. We went as a family with our dog and loved it!!”
  • Shelter from windIlkley is an historic spa town (famously visited by Charles Darwin), though this Trail takes you along the edge of the Moor and up to White Wells House. You do go past a specific picnic spot on the Moor – a fantastic place to stop with views of the town below, but also slightly more sheltered from the wind that you often get up there.  The name of the Trail is Ilkley – on the Wild Side! You’ve been warned.
Picnic in the Park - Picnics can be elegant!
Picnics can be elegant!


  • A cafe nearby for the things you forgot to bring with you – The Aberdour Trail is only 30 minutes from Edinburgh but feels a million miles away. This award winning village has a castle, a Victorian train station, award winning gardens, independent gift shops, hotels and restaurants, a picturesque harbour and award winning beaches including one of Scotland’s three Blue Flag beaches. The Trail ends at the Silver Sands car park, where you can access the beach, playing fields, picnic benches and cafe and enjoy views over the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills. This area is also one of Special Scientific Interest with an assortment of flora and fauna to be enjoyed. A grand day out for all the family!
  • Activities close by for those that can’t sit still – Try Lymm Ducks and Drakes based around the town centre. There are a couple of excellent picnic spots and lots of opportunities for duck feeding (currently, lots of babies – very cute!) and photography.  Or what about Elford Treasure Trail. The lovely little village of Elford is packed with history and has a bright, modern playground in its midst where there are undercover picnic tables for adults to relax whilst the little ones play. Alternatively, there is a restored walled garden to enjoy. If you see three cars in total, it’s rush hour!

As long as you are relaxing, enjoying the scenery and affable company with scrumptious foods….you are practising the art of picnicking!  You can be confident that most of the time if you carry your picnic with you on a Trail, there will be a nice spot to stop and enjoy.

We’d love to hear recommendations from you of great picnic spots on our Trails. Feel free to comment here or head over to our Facebook page or Twitter site and comment there!  Cheers and Happy Holidays!

7th July 2014

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