Bring your creative side to the outdoors this International Artists Day

Posted on 25/10/2016

In celebration of International Artists Day (25th October), we’ve put together a selection of routes across the world that aim to inspire you, as they have done to many others countless times before. Choose from one of the highest art walks in the world in Italy, a quirky walk through the Santa Fe Arts District in Colorado or discover Constable and Turner’s favourite painting spots for yourself. Remember to tag us in the photographs or art you create on your routes!

 

IAD: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria1. Kirkby Lonsdale and Barbon Fell, Cumbria, UK (£)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 9.81 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd

A lesser-known route in the Lake District, with superb views of the scenery that Turner and Ruskin painted. It makes a very fine day out with a view of the whole Lake District skyline, so save it for a clear day.

Best for: Painterly landscapes
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IAD: Constable2. Dedham Vale, Essex/Suffolk, UK (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.24 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Walk through the unspoilt valley where artist John Constable painted some of his most famous works and explore where he grew up in the late 18th century. “I associate my careless boyhood with all that lies on the banks of the Stour; these scenes made me a painter,” said Constable of the valley. You can also visit the National Trust’s Flatford Bridge Cottage, where theres a Constable exhibition, shop and tearoom.

Best for: Inspiring views
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Photo: The Hay Wain by John Constable, 1821


IAD: Austria3. Hühnersberg – Gmünd, Austria (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 9.99 miles
By Kärnten Werbung GmbH - AlpeAdriaTrail

Discover beautiful little villages tucked away in the intersection of two major national parks of Austria, with the route leading you to the award-winning artists’ town Gmünd, whose liveliness will amaze art lovers in particular.

Best for: Art lovers
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IAD: John James Aubudon Centre4. John James Audubon Center At Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, USA ($)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Hard
Length: 3.3 miles
By Menasha Ridge Press

This hike traverses the original American homestead of John James Audubon, an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter. A visit to the museum sets the stage for a natural connection with the man who would inspire generations of artists and conservationists.

Best for: Art and ornithology enthusiasts
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Picture: johnjames.audubon.org


IAD: Santa Fe5. Art District On Santa Fe Galleries Galore and Latin Flair, Colorado, USA ($)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.84 miles
By Wilderness Press

A short route through Santa Fe Art District will get the creative juices flowing with inspiration from local and international artists. The primary business district of the neighbourhood is along Santa Fe Drive, where you'll find the city's largest concentration of art galleries for three vibrant blocks. Even if youre not a serious art collector, the gift shops of some galleries make it easy for anyone to become a patron of the arts!

Best for: A creative stroll
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IAD: Latemar.Art, Italy6. Latemar.Art, Trentino, Italy (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Very Easy
Length: 1.58 miles
By APT Val di Fiemme

In summer, this short route takes you through one of the highest art parks in the world, lying from 2,000 – 2,200 metres above sea level. It has been designed for families and art lovers, where masterpieces shaped by great artists and interactive points help you discover art and nature. The art park is constantly evolving, with new installations every year.

Best for: Contemporary art
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Find out more about Latemar.Art here

 

IAD: Andrew Goff7. Andrew Goff Routes, Kirklees, UK (FREE)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Easy-Hard
Length: All 1-3 miles
By Andrew Goff

User Andrew Goff from Kirklees Council is publishing walks on behalf of artists who have created special walks for the walking festival held in Kirklees in 2015. Sorrell Muggridge created a fun and imaginative walk for families of all ages and abilities; Sarah Hymas created a series of short spoken-word performances to listen to on the route; and musician and composer Alexander Douglas produced a new piece of music inspired by the history and architecture of Longwood.

Best for: Magical walks
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IAD: Gera8. Luther Trail: From Weida to Gera, Thuringia, Germany (FREE)

Type: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 14.08 miles
By Lutherweg - Thüringer Tourismus GmbH

A superb route from castles and monasteries on the Luther Trail to Gera, the town of artists and graphic designers. Gera is not your typical tourist town, with historic architecture, museums and quirky markets.

Best for: Art and history
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IAD: Howgills9. Cautley Spout, Calders and The Calf, UK (£)

Type: Walking
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 6.88 miles
By Walkingworld Ltd

England’s highest waterfall, rolling terrain, long views and quiet, deserted hills – all this plus a visit to a work of art by internationally acclaimed artist, Andy Goldsworthy.

Best for: Sculpture seekers
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