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*Discovering Britain

'Discovering Britain has been created by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to help people learn more about the geographical stories behind Britain’s rich and varied landscapes. We hope to bring these landscapes to life by helping you to uncover the stories behind them. However much or little time you have, there is a self-led Discovering Britain activity to suit you. From our viewpoints and short trails to our longer walks, the stories that Britain’s landscape has to tell are waiting to be uncovered.'

*Discovering Britain - East Midlands

'A landscape of gentle rural valleys and vibrant urban cultures. Find out about the region's magnificent limestone landscapes and national parks. Explore Britain's turbulent agricultural history and find the clues for it in the landscape today. Discover some of Britain's most diverse cities and relish its variety and cuisine. Understand how the urban centres of Derby, Nottingham, Leicester and Lincoln grew into thriving towns.'

*Discovering Britain - East of England

'Big skies, fenland landscapes, historic wool towns and nearness to mainland Europe are just some ingredients in the East of England's distinctive character. Explore the fascinating mudflats of the Thames estuary in Essex or retrace fenland history from bogs to beans. Discover bustling market towns or historic cities such as Cambridge. Find out why the east coast is disappearing and seaside resorts are changing.'

*Discovering Britain - Greater London

'See a different side of London, discover parts new to you, and explore unexpected perspectives of well-known landmarks. Retrace the Civil War in the heart of the capital or be amazed at urban cultivation in Hackney’s residential neighbourhoods. Discover London’s green lungs or find one of the city’s many hidden rivers. Explore landscapes of power and global finance. All the walks have their surprises. '

*Discovering Britain - Isle of Man

'The Isle of Man in the Irish Sea is surrounded by the United Kingdom but is not part of it. The island has a proud history of independence and strong sense of identity. It has a variety of landscapes ideal for walking including dramatic mountains, a stunning coastline and picturesque towns. There are also prehistoric sites, ancient monuments and heritage railways to enjoy.'

*Discovering Britain - North East England

'Vibrant, tough, gritty and gorgeous – the northeast is impressive. Follow in Roman footsteps or find out why the Normans settled in Durham. Discover great valleys carved by ice through heather covered fells. Understand how rocks shaped industry and feel the challenges facing former pit villages. Explore former industrial cities that have been regenerated and given a new identity. Enjoy the peace of stunning hills and coasts. '

*Discovering Britain - North West England

'At the heart of the industrial revolution, the northwest rose to lead the world as a centre of innovation, power and trade. Discover that legacy, the seaside resorts once built for city workers, and the wealth of diverse communities in the region today. Bask in the stunning beauty of the Lake District and find out how it came about. Wander through picturesque Pennine villages and across open moorland.'

*Discovering Britain - Northern Ireland

'Whether you want to go on a walk near where you live, have a day out or are planning a holiday, we are developing fun and informative geographical walks in all parts of the United Kingdom. Full coverage will take us some time, so please bear with us ...'

*Discovering Britain - Scotland

'Scotland is full of dramatic landscapes – majestic mountains, peaceful lochs, spectacular cliffs and deserted beaches ...'

*Discovering Britain - South East England

'Home to fascinating human and natural landscapes, the gently rolling southeast invites you to take leisurely walks. Discover Victorian seaside resorts or learn how the coast has been at the frontline of defence over the centuries. Explore Kent's beautiful countryside and see how the "Garden of England" is changing. Discover how chalk has shaped landscapes from iconic white cliffs to prehistoric white horses.'

*Discovering Britain - South West England

'Think of windswept moorlands, secret coves, lush green fields and an historic mining industry, not to mention smuggling in the days of old! Explore the prehistoric landscapes of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Find unusual trees and plants and learn about why they are there. See how the Great Western Railway opened up the Southwest for trade and tourism. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Quantocks and discover how they have been described by poets. '

*Discovering Britain - Wales

'Spectacular mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to a proud industrial heritage and mining tradition. The human hand and the power of ice have actively shaped these landscapes for centuries ... '

*Discovering Britain - West Midlands

'Discover Coventry’s wonderfully restored canals, explore the jewellery quarter in Birmingham, and learn about cultural diversity in Wolverhampton. Find out about the industry and economy of the West Midlands from cars and beer to shopping and banking. Or head west to the tranquillity of rural Herefordshire and Worcestershire, embodied in the Severn Valley and the Malvern Hills. '

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