Discovering Britain with the Royal Geographical Society and ViewRanger

Posted on 19/07/2017

The Royal Geographical Society’s new walking project, Discovering Britain, shares the extraordinary stories behind Britain’s landscapes with interactive routes on ViewRanger. All 24 Discovering Britain routes in the South West of England are now available to download and follow in the ViewRanger app; complete with turn-by-turn directions, facts, photographs and audio files. More than 200 Discovering Britain routes in total will be published in ViewRanger over the coming months, covering the whole UK, so keep an eye out for further announcements.

From the secrets of Stonehenge to King Arthur’s castle, here's our top 5 of the new routes in South West England:

 

1. Tintagel, North Cornwall

Tintagel, North Cornwall. Discovering Britain routes with Royal Geographical Society and ViewRanger

Length: 0.86 miles
Difficulty: Medium 

Romantic castles on dramatic cliffs, noble knights and cunning conjurors, clashing swords and crashing waves – Tintagel is tightly bound up with the legend of King Arthur. Discover the stories behind the legend’s birthplace with this short route.

 

2. Alternative Bristol

Alternative Bristol. Discovering Britain routes with Royal Geographical Society and ViewRanger

Length: 1.47 miles
Difficulty: Easy 

Bristol may be famous for its balloons, bridges and boats, but look closer and the city is a beating heart of alternative culture. This trail follows some of the arteries, exploring the city’s history.

 

3. Weymouth, Dorset

Weymouth. Discovering Britain routes with Royal Geographical Society and ViewRanger

Length: 1.75 miles
Difficulty: Easy 

Explore one of England’s oldest and best-loved seaside resorts. From buckets and spades to fish and chips, uncover the surprising origins of some of our holiday favourites.

 

4. Durrington Walls, Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Durrington Walls. Discovering Britain routes with Royal Geographical Society and ViewRanger

Length: 1.06 miles
Difficulty: Easy 

Just two miles north east of Stonehenge lies a mysterious, massive monument. Unlike its more famous relation, there’s no gift shop or entrance fee. At first sight there’s not much to be seen…but explore this place on foot and it’ll start to reveal some of its incredible secrets.

 

5. Babbacombe, South Devon

Babbacombe Beach. Discovering Britain routes with Royal Geographical Society and ViewRanger

Image: Babbacombe Beach by Lilly Trott/Shutterstock.
Length: 2.89 miles
Difficulty: Medium

A dramatic walk along the South West Coastal Path near Torquay. Explore this dramatic coastline of steep cliffs and hidden coves. Did you know that Queen Victoria visited this bay several times? If it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us!

Explore the full South West England collection here.

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