Treasure Trails is so proud to be joining forces with the British Heart Foundation to help fight heart and circulatory disease.
There are so many fantastic benefits to doing a Trail; precious time with family and friends, learning about and exploring a location in an innovative way, and of course, having an amazing adventure! One thing we don’t talk about quite so much though is the health benefits, both mental and physical.
Embarking on an activity such as a Treasure Trail is great for mental health. When completing the Trail with others, you’re giving yourself some valuable social time and an opportunity to focus on something other than the daily challenges in our busy lives. Add in the mind-twisting Clues for a dash of fun and, also, brain stimulation as they aid with memory and learning.
The physical health benefits are pretty obvious as well but perhaps presented as a secondary benefit after the actual ‘adventure’ itself. We think this is pretty handy given the struggle many of us have to motivate ourselves to do exercise, for exercise sake.
The average Trail is around 2-miles of walking, plus a bit of back and forth searching high and low for Clues. You’ll generally be on your feet for a couple of hours, getting some magical fresh air and your heart rate up without having to don the sweatbands; 5,000 steps completed! In fact, we previously wrote a pretty cool article on exercise you’re already doing (without even trying).
A Perfectly Healthy Match…
Treasure Trails and the British Heart Foundation seem like the perfect match. This is why we have committed to donating £5,000 a month to the British Heart Foundation to help fund their vital research. Our aim is a minimum of £15,000 over August, September and October 2020, but hope to go even further, building a stronger and more unique partnership for much much longer.
Sara Johnson, Partnership Manager at the British Heart Foundation, is super excited:
“The BHF are delighted to be partnering with Treasure Trails. Through our research, we know how vital it is to exercise and get outside and active as part of a heart healthy lifestyle, and we can’t wait to see this partnership grow.
Walking is part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You can get fit whilst raising funds for vital research by taking part in a Treasure Trail”.
Are you looking for something a bit different for your next Trailing adventure? How about one of our Quirky Treasure Trails?
We’ve singled out a few Trails that feature extra-special themes or backstories. We’re not just talking your standard Detective Mystery, Super Secret Spy Mission or Treasure Seeking Explorer Trails! We’re talking about those Trail that go a little bit further in terms of being written around a particular theme.
So here are our picks of the Treasure Trails that are a bit different!
Newquay is a well-known and very popular seaside resort on the North Cornish coast. But did you know that Newquay has another side? If you are feeling brave, may we recommend Spooky Newquay?
If you fancy yourself as a ghost-hunter then why not explore Haunted Hitchin? You’ll uncover hidden gems and discover fascinating ghost stories about Hitchin’s former residents.
If you are in the East Midlands and fancy a non-urban Trail, why not visit the large English oak which is thought to be between 800 and 1,000 years old on the Robin Hood’s Major OakTrail? Legend has it that the ancient oak not only provided Robin Hood with shelter, it was also the place where he and his Merry Men slept!
Another world-famous English wordsmith is celebrated in Shakespeare’s Stratford. You will visit both the house where the Bard was born, and also his final resting place.
The sweet-toothed amongst you will love to discover the wonderful world of chocolate and sweets on the York Chocolate and Sweet Trail. As York’s sweet story unfolds, you will see a grand selection of the city’s architecture and historic attractions before you reach your final destination – the chocolate museum.
If you’re in the Greater Manchester area you might like to try to break the curse cast by the evil witch, Abby Cadabra on the Manchester – The Wizard’s Spellbookin the Spinningfields area of the city.
Head out in your car from the Pendle Heritage Centre in Barrowford on the Pendle Witches Trail. Did you know that this area was the home of the Pendle Witches who were tried and executed for witchcraft in 1612?
Prepare to enter another world just a few miles off the Northumberland coast, when you go to the Holy Island for the Lindisfarne – The Viking Hoard Trail. Holy Island carries a wealth of history within its tidal walls and was ransacked by marauding Viking raiders in the 8th century.
Discover life gone by from every century for the last 700 years on TheWicked Wizard of Alnwick Trail, and explore this small market village most famed for its castle’s links to Harry Potter.
County Antrim and Belfast
If flowers are your thing you will love the Belfast Botanic Trail in which you explore the Botanic Gardens, The Botanic Palm House and the Ulster Museum.
Fans of Scottish history will be fascinated by Largs, the Quest for the Viking Sword. The town is famed for a battle in 1263 when the Vikings, attempting to land from a fleet of longboats, were repulsed by the army of Alexander III.
And in Fife, may we recommend Dunfermline – Robert the Bruce? On the Trail you will visit the historic abbey churchyard where the remains of King Robert the Bruce were found covered in lead and wrapped in a golden shroud on 17 February 1818.
Fans of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ will love Looking for Alice in Llandudno. In 1861, the real Alice in Wonderland (eight-year old Alice Pleasance Liddell) spent the first of many summer holidays in Llandudno. It is believed that Carroll may have visited his friends the Liddells at their holiday home and been inspired by Alice and her adventures.