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Inspirational People –
For Inspirational Times…

A closer look at another inspirational figurehead…

>> Click here to be inspired!

Let’s
Get Moving…

Whether you’re inside or outside in your garden, try these fun ideas to keep your mind and body busy!

>> I want to get some FRESH AIR FUN…

Getting YUMMY
With it…

With a different recipe or foody suggestion for each issue, there’s no need to get food bored!

>> Yummy, yummy, get in my tummy!

Our TOP
Five…

A pick of five top items for this issue, ready for you to delve into…

>> Show me the TOP five items now!

Competition
Time!

Why not enter our themed competition? You could win a Treasure Trails gift voucher in preparation for when we can all get back out there!

>> Don’t leave me out – I want to win!

Puzzle
Time…

Exercise your mind as well as your body with our selection of quizzes!

>> Stretch my mind please…



Inspirational People – For Inspirational Times:

Lauren Steadman

Lauren Steadman at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016

British Paralympian Lauren Steadman

It was really tough to choose an inspirational sportsperson for this issue!
The word ‘inspirational’ is open to interpretation, but anyone who has achieved great success and has become a world-class performer in any sport is, in many ways, an inspiration.
But that would be an awfully long list!

Having recently seen her on the TV programme Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, my choice is triathlete Lauren Steadman, who was one of only two people to complete the course successfully.

Rio 2016, when Lauren took part as a Team GB Paratriathlete and took home a silver medal.

Lauren has competed at two Paralympic Games as a swimmer.

She subsequently specialised in Paratriathlon & represented Team GB in the sport’s inaugural entry to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, where she took home a silver medal. Lauren is a triple world champion and seven-time European champion – a title which she has won 3 and 6 times respectively. Lauren was born missing her lower right arm, however, according to her website, this has challenged Lauren to be the best she can be, and she relishes the chance to overcome barriers.

According to Lauren, her motivation for taking on the SAS challenge was no different. “I wanted to show people that just your true grit and determination can get you really far.” It’s the first time the Channel 4 show has invited a celebrity with a disability to take on the course. Lauren made sure she was given no special treatment, so none of the challenges were changed to fit her needs.

She says: “I said that I didn’t want to be treated as different, because then what’s the point?”

Lauren previously appeared on television in 2018 in series 16 of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, partnered with AJ Pritchard. She made it to the Semi Final and went on to perform in the live version of the show. She says: “I went on Strictly to change perceptions and show people that, actually, you can do whatever you want.”

In her time away from being a world class athlete, Lauren successfully studied for and achieved her Masters in Business after gaining her degree in Psychology.

What an inspiration!


Let’s Get Moving:

Time for some Physical Activities!

Let's Get Moving - Fresh Air Fun - Now the lockdown restrictions have started to be lifted, it's a perfect time for a Treasure Trail!

Okay, so strictly speaking Treasure Trails aren’t a sport, but you’d be amazed how the desire to be first to spot a clue brings out Trailers’ competitive streaks!

So forgive us for blowing our own trumpets, but our recommendation for fresh air fun this issue is to get out there on a Treasure Trail!
One of the many great things about the Trails is their wide appeal.

It doesn’t matter if you aren’t super-fit, or in the first flush of youth, the Trails don’t require great strength or talent – they can be done by almost everyone. And you don’t need a whole team (or opposition) to participate in a Trail – you can do a Trail on your own, or with your favourite team-mate(s). However, please remember social distancing if your team-mates don’t share your household!

Not everyone wants to be in a city right now, so we are featuring a list of our most remote Trails across the UK – all broken down into county. To read more about our remote Trails, and choose your nearest one, please click on the link below.

» Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds

Treasure Trails - Self Isolation Style - with over 1,000 to choose from there is plenty of choice for social distancing.

Getting YUMMY With It…

That good old family favourite – The PICNIC!

Getting Yummy With It... Time for a good old family picnic!

Our recommendations for eating this time are centred on that old favourite – the picnic!

And who doesn’t love a picnic? With an easing of lockdown restrictions we can now go further afield and enjoy our picnic away from our balconies, gardens and the local park – whilst still respecting social-distancing, of course, and remembering to wash our hands, or use wipes or hand gel if no washing facilities are available.
There are so many huge pluses to having a picnic!

We all know that being outdoors is a natural mood booster, as a change of scene and a way to breathe in fresh air, and we’ve heard a lot recently about the benefits of vitamin D we get from the sun.

There are so many lovely spots out there to enjoy a picnic...

A simple, relaxed meal away from the normal environment can encourage conversation, communication and family bonding.

Picnics can encourage healthy eating habits, especially if all the family gets involved in choosing what to include, amid discussions of the health benefits of certain foods.

Picnics are relatively inexpensive and, at a time when restaurants and cafes aren’t open, are your best bet for feeding the family whilst out and about – for example on a Treasure Trail!

The main things to remember when choosing your picnic food are to ensure you use a cool box/ice packs if it’s a hot day, include easy-to-transport and easy-to-eat finger food, consider a savoury ‘centrepiece’ that’s easy to divide up (just don’t forget your knife!), ensure a good range of nutrition, especially including fresh fruit and vegetables, and cater for any specific dietary requirements.

Is this the perfect spot for a picnic? Arguably, yes, as long as there aren't midgies constantly buzzing around your head...

My personal picnic of choice would include the following:

Chicken and avocado sandwich – perfect combination of flavours!
Cake – any, except one including dates! If pushed, hands-down favourite would be lime and coconut.
Carrot sticks and grapes – something healthy to counteract the effects of the cake!
Still water to drink if I am driving or being healthy – Pimm’s if not 😊

For some (less personal) inspiration of what to make and take on your picnic, we recommend you check out the BBC Good Food website – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/top-10-healthy-picnic-recipes



Our TOP Five…

Films with a Sporting Theme

Instead of sorting our sock drawer or learning to play the piano, as we initially thought we might do during lockdown, many of us have been watching many more films than normal in recent weeks.

In keeping with the theme of this TT Strange Times, we were discussing our favourite sport-themed films.

It soon became obvious that a consensus would never be reached on the Top 5 Sport-themed Films, and for this reason, the films listed below are quite simply MY top five – but I have listed them chronologically, as I found it too hard to rank them!

When considering watching them we recommend you double-check the films’ certificates, to ensure they are suitable for the audience at home. And by the way – don’t worry if you aren’t a huge sport fan, these films are all about so much more than the sports that appear in them!

Ooh - a man running on a beach - must be a copyright free image reference to Chariots of Fire then. Crank up the 80's synth and smoke filled oppressively dark black studio with a piano and random dated furniture in...
Chariots of Fire (1981) PG
Chariots of Fire (1981)

Nearly 40 years on, the film’s theme tune by the Greek composer Vangelis Papathanassiou is still instantly and widely recognisable and takes me back to the days of my youth when this film first came out. Some years later the videographer used the music as the background on my wedding video. I have no idea why, but it still makes me smile to this day.

Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire tells the story of two very different men who compete as runners for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Described by the late film critic Roger Ebert as “unabashedly and patriotically British” the film tells of Eric Liddell, a serious Christian Scotsman, who is driven to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith and Harold Abrahams, a Jewish Englishman whose aim is to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. We see elements of each man’s life as he trains for the competition, using running as a means of asserting his dignity.

This powerful film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Field of Dreams (1989) PG
Field of Dreams (1989)

One of the things I love about this film is that it reminds me of the time when I lived in Alberta, Canada. Although the landscapes are not exactly the same, there is that sense of wide-open space and huge farms that are sufficiently different from where I live now that the Iowa corn farm in ‘Field of Dreams’ takes me back to a very happy time in my life.

What is even more powerful though is the heart-warming tale of dedication and inspiration brought to life by Kevin Costner’s character that proves that dreams can be not only achieved but built. “If you build it, he will come.” is one of the most famous movie quotes of all time.

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the players of the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Although ostensibly a film about baseball, it soon becomes apparent that this film is all about family and relationships; it’s a tear-jerker with a happy ending. 

That “magical” field in Dyersville, Iowa still draws thousands of baseball-happy tourists each year.

This film ended up with three Academy Award nominations: for Best Picture, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Jerry Maguire (1996) 15

My favourite quote from a 90’s move comes from ‘Jerry Maguire’ – “You had me at hello”. If you are unfamiliar with this quote or the film it comes from then you are in for a treat. With an engaging cast, led by a youthful Tom Cruise as the eponymous sports agent, this film was actually inspired by a real person, sports agent Leigh Steinberg.

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague. Redemption, love and the realisation that there are more important things than money, are the main themes of the story.

The film received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (for Tom Cruise), Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Supporting Actor (for Cuba Gooding Jr.) who was the only eventual winner.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Remember the Titans (2000) PG

My over-riding memory of watching this film is seeing it for the first time (of very many!) with my young sons and my husband. An extremely powerful film, based on a true story, which has a variety of important messages, this film will make you laugh, cry and jump out of your seat when something unexpected happens. Showcasing the power of leadership, friendship and teamwork to overcome adversity and prejudice, this film tells the inspirational story about the struggles and victories of a newly-integrated high school football team in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia.

At first, both white and black players refused to even speak to each other. Coach Boone (Denzel Washington) decides to take action and after a long struggle, the boys begin to understand the real meaning of ‘team’. The ongoing training under the strict guidance of Coach Boone made the players gradually ignore racial prejudice, and ultimately bring their community together.

Although it was not nominated for any Academy Awards Remember the Titans is widely recognised as one of the best biographical sports films of all time.

The film is currently available on YouTube, Amazon Prime and Disney Plus (subscription).

Bend it Like Beckham (2002) 12

This was another film I enjoyed with my sport-mad husband and sons on a Friday ‘movie and pizza night’ at home. Telling the story of two young women in London Bend it like Beckham is a feel-good movie, recommended for families with older children.

Although she comes from a traditional Indian family, Jess dreams of becoming a professional footballer, like her hero David Beckham. Although her parents are initially against her unorthodox ambition, it becomes clear that their reservations have more to do with protecting her than with holding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream or follow a more traditional path.

While there may not be too many surprises, there are some fun action sequences and lots of laughs, and it’s great to see women’s sport promoted positively and enthusiastically.

The film is currently available on YouTube and Amazon Prime.

Our Survey Says…

That’s our top five for some thrilling sports oriented action and entertainment – but as always – we’d love to hear your suggestions too! Tag us on social media using #OurSurveySays to let us know the go-to sporty movies that you turn to!


Competition Time!

Sporting Competition Time!

This edition’s competition is a straightforward I-Spy Challenge.  Well – as straightforward as Treasure Trails ever allows!

Take a good look at this picture taken from the Wimbledon Championships. You can click the image to enlarge it:

Now, can you work out the answers to these 3 following I-Spy style questions?

Easy: I spy with my little eye something beginning with: “1 B B Crouching Down

Medium:  I spy with my little eye something beginning with: “P and W F

Hard: I spy with my little eye something beginning with: “2 C W B F U

To be in with a chance to win the prize, you need to let us know the following three letters, along with your details when you submit your entry below.

1.  The 3rd letter of the 5th word of Clue 1.

2.  The 4th letter of the 3rd word in Clue 2.

3.  The 2nd letter of the 2nd word in Clue 3.

Easy right? So, once you’ve got it, send us your answer using the Entry Form below and include the hashtag “#I-Spy“. 

From all entries received, a winner will be chosen who will receive a Treasure Trails gift voucher!

Closing date for entry is midday, Friday 3rd July 2020.

 

Entry Form for #I-Spy:

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Puzzle Time…

Time to Grab That Thinking Cap Again!

If you need something to entertain you indoors we are pleased to present our latest Mini Trails!

A Proper Courtside Drama!

OK – so we know that sadly there’ll be no Wimbledon this year, but there’s no reason why we can’t imagine ourselves in SW19 as we solve a murder mystery. May we suggest a nice bowl of strawberries and cream as a snack whilst you are sleuthing?

In ‘A Proper Courtside Drama’ you will need to uncover who served up a slice of murder to legendary tennis umpire Diddy Seeit.

Simply find the answers to the clues and eliminate the suspects. When you have only one left you will know who allegedly bumped-off the umpire.

Click the image to the right to download the Trail – and good luck!

(Stuck? don’t worry, the answers for it can be found here!)


Great British Sports Venues

We know it’s not possible to actually visit main iconic sporting locations in Britain at the moment, but there’s no reason why we can’t VIRTUALLY visit them!

We’ve come up a MINI VIRTUAL Trail for you to explore with. All you need is a device with internet connection and access to Google maps and Streetview.

Click the image to the left to download the Great British Sports Venues Mini Trail – and good luck!

(Stuck? don’t worry, the answers for it can be found here!)




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Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds

We know a lot of you have been itching to get outdoors exploring during lockdown. So have we! And since restrictions on spending time outdoors were relaxed, many of you have been enjoying your local treasure hunts!

With lockdown slowly easing and more people than ever working from home, it’s essential to stay active and get as much fresh air as possible. Being totally outdoors, we believe that Treasure Trails are a great way to do this while following social distancing measures and staying at least two metres away from others.

You Can Still Get Outdoors | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

We understand that many of you are looking for local treasure hunts but you don’t want to be exploring in the heart of bustling cities and popular tourist spots.

So, we’ve gathered a list of Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds – our most remote Trails across the UK – all broken down into county to help your find a Trail local to you.

Remember, it’s important to keep your social distance, stay alert and avoid touching surfaces while you’re out and about. For more advice and information on staying safe as you explore, read our… Top Tips for Safe and Responsible Trailing during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Ready to choose your adventure? Click on your county below to discover a treasure hunt near you!

England

South West

Explore the South West Coast Path | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the South West Coast Path | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Cornwall

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 Trevose Head, but you can explore Lelant to St IvesLizard PointLooe to PolperroPerranporth to St AgnesPorthcurno and West Pentire & Crantock too. Unfortunately, our Polruan and Fowey Coast Path Trail may not be suitable as it requires catching a ferry.

Fancy exploring some small villages, why not try Bodmin Moor or the Lizard Trail? 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.

To really get a dose of exercise, hop on your bike and explore the longer routes of Goss Moor and the St Austell Clay Trail.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Devon

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!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Dorset

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. Take a peek at the walking routes in Cerne AbbasPiddle ValleyBuckland Newton and Yetminster.

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 Abbotsbury & The FleetGiants Head & The Cerne ValleyThe Puddles 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 would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Gloucestershire

If you’re living in, or close to, Gloucestershire then you’re in for a real treat – we’ve got loads of remote places for you to enjoy!

Bristol is a busy place wherever you, but the West End and Clifton Trails take advantage of green open spaces around the city. You could try the Bristol Redcliffe Trail which goes through the business areas of the town; much of the zone is deserted when the offices are closed.

The Forest of Dean is a lovely place to enjoy the wildness of nature and to see spring emerging. 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. Or you could explore Lydney which is on the edge and finishes at the old harbour – that will definitely blow away any cobwebs! 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 PainswickMoreton in MarshNailsworthBiburyNorthleachFairfordWotton under EdgeBerkeley and Dursley Trails. You will find that parts of the routes are along quiet country lanes and footpaths.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Somerset

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 of the 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Wiltshire

You can still appreciate the rolling hills and green and pleasant land of Wiltshire and maintain your social distancing by 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!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


South East

Explore the Chiltern Hills | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the Chiltern Hills | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Berkshire

We only have a handful of Trail 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 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Buckinghamshire

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, 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Hampshire

Believe it or not, there are loads of opportunities to explore Hampshire while keeping your social distance 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Kent

With plenty of coastline to explore around Kent, you won’t have to look too far to find somewhere to have an adventure.

You can’t get more space than looking out to sea or walking the coastline. Head to Deal, or Herne Bay for the day for a mix of the seafront and socially distanced exploring in the town as well.

If you’d rather head inland, why not wander around the peaceful market town of Faversham, unlock its heritage and journey to the creek.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

London

Although difficult to escape the crowds, there are many places in London where you can have a walk while solving some Clues in relative space.

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. If you’re able to get there while avoiding public transport, 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Oxfordshire

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Surrey

Despite being a busy and bustling county, there are several more rural Trails in the Surrey area which can be tried out while keeping a social distance.

The stunning scenery and natural beauty of Box Hill make it a great place to escape to. Plus, its lots of fun for Mini Secret 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!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Sussex

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. Fancy some coastal air? Make the journey to Winchelsea and venture to the remote beaches nearby once your quest is complete.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


East of England

Explore the Norfolk Broads | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the Norfolk Broads | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Bedfordshire

Admittedly, we only have two Trails in Bedfordshire at this moment in time. Don’t worry, you can still get out there!

We wouldn’t recommend tackling the Bedford Trail at the moment, as it will be hard to avoid any crowds. Instead, 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Cambridgeshire

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 would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Essex

If you’re over in Essex, take a journey down to the waterfront to enjoy some sneaky Clue solving and curb the cabin fever!

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 in relative solitude.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Hertfordshire

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, unlock spooky secrets in Haunted Hitchen 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Norfolk

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 while keeping your social distance. 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!) or Winterton-on-Sea for one of the most unspoilt villages in the county – including a stretch along the dunes, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Suffolk

There are some stunning sights for you to seek in Suffolk while keeping your distance and 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


East Midlands

Explore the Peak District | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the Peak District | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Derbyshire

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Leicestershire

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 Shackerstone Trail takes you on a journey through East Leicestershire, concluding in a stroll along the towpath at Shackerstone.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Lincolnshire

There are heaps of remote locations in Lincolnshire where we have fantastic Trails to help you explore away from the crowds.

Head to Cleethorpes or Skegness for a good dose of North Sea fresh air! Fancy exploring some small villages? Take on the challenge of the Market Rasen or Woodhall Spa Secret Spy Mission Trails.

Even in Lincoln, the quiet old streets of the Cathedral Quarter and a secret garden allow for some solitary exploring.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Northamptonshire

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Nottinghamshire

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.

It may be tempting to take a trip to the wide-open spaces at Wollaton Hall to soak up the country air (and spot some deer). Please note that the buildings and formal gardens are currently closed. The park area is still open for exploring, but we cannot guarantee that all the Clues will be accessible, so for this one, be prepared get in touch for any Clue answers you need.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Rutland

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 one 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


West Midlands

Explore Symonds Yat | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore Symonds Yat | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Herefordshire

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 Golden Valley Trail or the Drive Around the Malvern Hills driving Trails to journey through places he loved to go, which 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 BromyardLedburyRoss on WyeLeominster, and Kington. Also, the Weobley Driving Trail potters through sleepy Herefordshire villages as do the Views of North Herefordshire and Views of South Herefordshire drives.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Shropshire

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 CastleChurch 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 later in the year!

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Staffordshire

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!).

For a lengthy walk (or a bike ride, if you’re up for it), head to Chasewater to uncover some fishy tales and figure out ‘whodunnit’. Loop around the Chasewater reservoir and pass through a Site of Special Scientific Interest – keep your eyes peeled to spot the wildlife both on and off the water!

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Warwickshire

Unfortunately, virtually all the Trails in this county are in busy towns and cities – so whilst 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

West Midlands

Much like Warwickshire, virtually all the Trails in this county are in busy towns and cities – so whilst 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 kept 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. Be sure to give anyone else revelling in the park the space they need to stick to social distancing measures.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Worcestershire

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 EveshamPershoreBroadwayBromsgrove and Droitwich Spa. If you fancy a drive, don your Detective hat and take on the Beckford to Bredon driving Trail. You will pass by the fruit farms and fields and fields of apple, pear and other stunningly beautiful trees in blossom.

Black and White OmbersleyInkberrow 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 would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


Yorkshire

Explore Ilkley Moor | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore Ilkley Moor | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

East Yorkshire

If you want to escape the crowds during these uncertain times, 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 PocklingtonMarket 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

North Yorkshire

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 HorcumThe 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 4 Kids – Valley Gardens Trail. In York, the Rowntree Park Mini Trail offers a short but sweet trip into nature. If you’re up in Richmond, the Richmond Riverside Trail takes you on a scenic walk to Easby Abbey and back.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

South Yorkshire

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 at the moment, as it will be hard to avoid any crowds. 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

West Yorkshire

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 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!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


North West

Explore the Lake District | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the Lake District | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Cheshire

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Cumbria

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Lancashire

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?

Head to the water’s edge and catch the sea air on seaside Trails at Morecambe and Lytham, or for a journey down the rippling river and canalside, there is the lovely market town of Garstang.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Merseyside

Admittedly, we only have a handful of Trails Merseyside at this moment in time and most 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 is 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


North East

Explore South Shields | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore South Shields | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Durham

Step away from the historic city centre and into the rolling countryside to discover remote locations ideal for an expedition.

Take on a riverside ramble at Stanhope; weave around the marketplace, cross the river on the stepping stones, and discover Stanhope’s heritage railway station. Keep your eyes peeled – there’s a giant fossil to find too! Or, 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Northumberland

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 to 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 explore lovely little villages along the way.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


Wales

Explore Cardigan Bay | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore Cardigan Bay | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire

There are some stunning remote places along the Welsh coast that are ideal for exploring while keeping a social distance.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

North Wales

Famous for its mountain scenery and magnificent sea views, there’s always somewhere waiting to be explored in North Wales.

Take on a driving Trail around the forgotten island of Anglesey or along the coast of the Llyn Peninsula – lots to see along the way, bring a picnic and make a day of it.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Pembrokeshire

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, 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Powys

The stunning ancient Kingdom of Powys has some fantastic, remote hidden gems to explore.

Even the popular border market towns of Presteigne and Knighton are relatively deserted by mid-afternoon most days, offering the ideal opportunity to search for the sneaky Clues without much company.

Right in the heart of the stunning Beacons National Park 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!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

South Wales

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.

For some sneaky Clue solving in relative solitude, try UskRhwibinaLlandaffMerthyr Tydfil and Cowbridge – you’ll wind through the quiet streets, along riversides and around green spaces on your expeditions.

Fancy a drive? Hop in the car to marvel in 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


Scotland

Explore the Lochs | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the Lochs | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails with Treasure Trails

Aberdeenshire

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Argyll & Bute

If you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of Argyll & Bute, you’ll be spoilt for choice of 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 Isle of Jura Trail offers the chance to explore the wildest and emptiest of all Scotland’s inhabited islands, while the neighbouring Rhinns of Islay driving Trail (or cycling, if you’re brave!) journey’s through the pretty nearby villages and alongside the RSPB Nature Reserve.

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.

If you are on the mainland, the HelensburghLoch Glip and Loch Lomond Trails are set in popular destinations where it is really easy to vanish into the wide-open green spaces and escape the crowds.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Ayrshire

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.

Elsewhere in Ayrshire, the coastal towns of Troon and Largs offer Treasure trails and other family-friendly activities.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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.

The Rhins of Galloway driving Trail offers the chance to explore a stretch that boasts some of the country’s most stunning scenery, while visiting some sleepy towns and villages along the way. For a shorter jaunt, try the Whithorn Trail, weaving through the town centre before journeying to nearby villages and taking in the Isle of Whithorn.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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 CarnoustieForfar and Montrose which are right on your doorstep. Carnoustie has lovely beach and children’s play area, journeying along the esplanade and shoreline, while Forfar whisks you away from the town centre and through the fabulous Reid Park. takes you out of centre of the town. While the Montrose Trail does explore the historic town centre, you’ll also roam down the coast path to solve Clues in relative solitude.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Fife

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.

Some of our favourites include Elie & Earlsferry, with a long stretch along the seafront, Dalgety Bay where you can surround yourself in the historic sites in solitude, and Old Dysart to Ravenscraig Castle to journey around Dysart harbour and Fife Coastal Path before visiting Ravenscraig Park and Castle.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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 a socially distanced explore. 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, and nearby the 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 this side of the Pyramids.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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 Dunkeld and Birnam which goes into Cathedral grounds and along the river.  Aberfeldy also takes you away from the centre for some exploring away from the crowds.

For a more scenic explore, 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 Lock once you’ve completed your Trail.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Scottish Borders

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 bustle via woodland and riverside for some quieter exploring.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

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 at a social distance.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

The Highlands

You can’t get much further away from it all than in the Scottish Highlands.

Head right up to the tip of the land and take on the John O’Groats quest, or jump in the car for a scenic jaunt around the North East Coast on a driving Trail.

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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


Northern Ireland

Explore the Blackwater Region | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails
Explore the Blackwater Region | Local Treasure Hunts to Escape the Crowds with Treasure Trails

County Antrim & Belfast

Unfortunately, virtually all the available Trails in this county are in busy towns and cities – so whilst 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. If any suitable Trails do become available, we will update this list straight away!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

County Armagh

Unfortunately, virtually all the available Trails in this county are in busy towns and cities – so whilst 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. If any suitable Trails do become available, we will update this list straight away!

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

County Down

There are some lovely places to journey to around County Down without visiting the tourist hotspots – ideal for remote exploration!

Soak up the bracing sea air on the Donaghadee Trail, solving sneaky Clues around the lighthouse and harbour as well as discovering the fascinating Moat.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!

Derry & Tyrone

We only have a handful of Trails in Derry & Tyrone, but there is still the chance for isolated 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.

If you would like to know more about any of the locations our Trails go to, then please get in touch, and we can help advise. Keep an eye on this list too – if any suitable Trails that are currently offline for updates become available, we will update these suggestions. If you think another Trail should be added to this list, let us know where and why!


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19th June 2020

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