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Saving the Brown Tongue Path to Scafell Pike

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Every year, streams of humans flow continuously on the path of Brown Tongue, even at night. The route is walked on by 100,000 people every year, as it is the most direct way to the top of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.

The impact of the tens of thousands of feet that have walked along the path for 30 years have made the work to control the erosion a never ending job. As a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the next phase of work enters its final stage, funding is still short of £17,000 from its target.

Path repairers are stressing the importance of the repairs of the paths so that it could preserve a large section in the middle of Brown Tongue for several more decades.

The crowdfunding effort is part of a larger year-long push to raise £100,000 for Scafell Pike as part of the Mend Our Mountains campaign, a UK-wide appeal led by the British Mountaineering Council. The council not only supports Fix the Fells alone, but it also has 13 similar campaigns and aims to raise £1M for path repairs in different locations.

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Brown Tongue is a route favoured by the Three Peaks Challenge participants, with most challengers tackling Scafell Pike in the dark, adding more pressure on the path. Brown Tongue is one of the most serious example of a problem often found in popular hill and mountains not just across Britain, but in the world.

If these worn out path ways were to be left alone, the erosion scars would grow bigger. It would wipe out vegetation, disturbing local habitats and hydrology, even destroying terrain features such as mountain tarns.

Maintenance for all the mountain paths in the Lake District and Fix the Fells, its costs an estimate of £500,000 a year. With similar organisations trying to do the same, maintaining the paths relies on fundraising to sustain its works.

You Can Now Spend a Night at Oscar Wilde’s Former Pied-a-terre

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Famous poet and playwright, Oscar Wilde once quoted “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.” And now, you will soon be able to stay in one.

After four years and $48 million, the writer’s former pied-a-terre will reopen in December as the Belmond Cadogan Hotel after much of renovations.

The hotel holds is an integral location in Oscar Wilde’s life and in history. After losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, Wilde was arrested at the hotel on 1895. He even wrote a poem entitled, ‘The Arrest of Oscar Wilde at the Cadogan Hotel’, which states the entire ordeal.

Other than being a major historical importance to the literary and LGBTQ community—Wilde was arrested over homosexuality, a crime in England during his time—the hotel is looking to become a destination for several other reasons.

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Image credit: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Despite going through several renovations, the hotel has preserved many of the original designs from the 1800s. Such as wood panelling, stained glass windows and even working fireplaces. The hotel has 57 rooms available for guests, all decorated with hints of modern and historic aesthetic that anyone would enjoy.

Other than the superb architecture, the hotel also has several other new dining options available inside the hotel. From tea lounges, terrace café to a classic British bar. The main restaurant, directed by Adam Handling, will be offering a menu filled with sustainable and contemporary British fare.

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Image credit: Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Every morning, pastries, croissants, bread and crumpets is delivered to guest rooms for breakfast. Guests can also spend their time in the private gardens or the hotel tennis courts.

If you wish to stay in the hotel, take a travel trip from ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ writer. In his playwright of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, one of the characters made a remark, saying he never travels without his diary.

The Seaside Town of Cornwall

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The first thing that would probably come to your mind when you’re here in Bude, would be that it’s a seaside town.Bude is more than just a seaside town, it is also the home of the world-famous Bude Tunnel. The tunnel is a walkway that connects the car park of the local Sainsbury to its entrance.

Other than the somehow pointless Bude Tunnel, Bude is situated in a beautiful, rugged coastline equipped with a dramatic geology and clean beaches. There’s a tidal swimming pool, pastel coloured houses and a knot of shopping streets together with the usual array of pastries, ice cream and not-so-ironically nautically themed clothing.

If you’re hoping to catch a wave, there’s surfing here too. During World War II, Australian soldiers who were stationed in Cornwall found that its north coast would be a good place for riding waves, giving Bude something before it awaited destiny’s call.

Cornwall has its fair share of beaches. Its main beach, Summerleaze, is less than five minutes walk from the centre of Bude. The sandy beach has lifeguards on standby and is sheltered by the impressive breakwater, which makes it a popular go-to with families and surfers.

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Just a few walks down, there’s Crooklet Beach which is popular among surfers and is home to the Bude Surf Life Saving Club. During low tide, a wide expanse of golden sand, bordered by rocky outcrops that is ideal for rock-pooling.

Cornwall is home to many scenic views and hundreds of million-years of fossils that has yet to found anywhere else in the world. If you were to climb up the hill that overlooks Summerleaze from the west, the Storm Tower could be found at what’s called Compass Point.

Bude is home to a very unique geology, due to what occurred a few hundred million years ago when two supercontinents collided, it formed bizarre zigzagged rock formations that can be viewed on the Bude coastline.

Bude may be a small seaside town, but it does pack a punch. From the views to the history, Bude has a never-ending amount of things for you to do and discover.

Explore the Real-life Hundred Acre Woods

There are countless of places in the world where you can live out your childhood dreams, may it be the Middle-Earth from The Hobbit or Batman’s elaborate bat cave. Now you can add on one more magical place to your list, the Hundred Acre Woods.

You can now explore the woods which inspired author A.A. Milne to write about his son Christopher Robin and the silly old bear, Winnie the Pooh and his furry friends.

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You can awaken your imaginations at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England. A three mile walk starting from the village of Nutley. The locations in this area is what inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (also known as the Five Hundred Acre Wood) and Galleon’s Lap (also known as Gill’s Lap) for its bare hill tops.

Despite having much of the forest disappear centuries ago, the woods is now mostly covered in heath and fern. Though it still offers a particularly vivid pleasure for autumn walks. There is a footbridge around the area, the River Medway in Posingford Wood, perfect for children to play Pooh Sticks in the muddy streams among the oaks and birch stands.

 The woods is an idyllic place of space and intimacy that’s fantastic for children. Children can run freely on the open heath and enjoy the absolute distance that goes in every direction. But if you’re going to the Hundred Acre Woods to simply relive your childhood, you can always park yourself on a lawn and marvel at the magnificent treetop views the spread from the forests high ground towards the distant North Downs.

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Since autumn is around the corner, these trees will be carelessly spotted and patched by the colours of fall and would basically paint the horizon in a hazy way with a sheet of low mist, almost looking like an impressionist artwork.

If you wish to stay a bit longer near Ashdown Forest’s distinctive heathlands, gorse and clumps of pine trees, you can stay at the Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club which is only a 10-minute drive away from the forest. The Ashdown Park is proud of its Winnie the Pooh roots too, serving Pooh-themed tea time with ‘hunny’ sandwiches, Winnie the Pooh tea and Kanga’s cupcakes.

So pack a jar of honey, ready to bounce like Tigger and bumble your best ‘Oh Bother’, The Hundred Acre Woods awaits!

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The New Hip Place: Somerset

Considered as one of England’s most idyllic regions for its golden-stone villages and velvet hills, Cotswold preserved all of its picture-book glory with quint pubs tucked in every bend of the Windrush.

Cotswold may be lovely, but it is crowded, expensive and some villages are just an elaboration of what was once there. It has been visited by tourists too many times throughout the year that the experience and prices have inflated.

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You could experience the same authenticity further south in the pastoral Somerset, where villages are quieter and ‘cooler’ than Cotswold. In the past years, Somerset has been secretly nurturing trendy little pockets that every discerning traveller should add to their to-do list.

If you are an art lover, make your way to Frome and Bruton just in East Somerset. Frome is a wool town that holds markets and fairs that were held way back in the Middle ages. One of the more famous markets that is held is the monthly Frome Independent, which is beloved by many especially the younger visitors. Its streets are lined with historic buildings but is now most famous for their creative community and independently-run council.

The town is overflowing with crafts, Scandi-inspired homeware and vintage bits such as vintage stores that display lace gowns and knick-knacks. Modern fashion boutiques also share the vintage streets of Cheap street that draw crowds even on non-market days.

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Bruton, a 12-minute train ride away, the tiny town is place on the map by the opening of the international Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery. The gallery utilises old farm buildings surrounded by a working farm, gardens that feature large sculptures and the Roth & Grill—a hotspot for breakfast all throughout dinner.

 You can also take a trip to the beautiful nearby village of Mells. Filled with Medieval lanes for you to stroll around and have a cup of coffee at the Walled Garden, an extravagant beauty of a place oozing with plants.

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One of the lesser-known places in Somerset are the Levels, a secret world tucked in the centre of the county. The flat and green beds are criss-crossed by ancient waterways, occasionally having something striking break up the horizon. Somerton is a lovely village on the Levels, with old markets cross’ and almshouses. The Langport, is a market town in the centre of the Levels.

Somerset may not be as big as Cotswold, but it has the perfect amount of quirkiness and quaint hand craftiness that is sought after by many.

The Endless Sunshine Town of Eastbourne

Attracting people to splash around in its beaches since the railways arrived in the mid 19th century, Eastbourne in the UK’s sunniest town. The countryside is full of endless blue skies and warm sunshine, accompanied by the colourful art scenes and eclectic energy.

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Despite the town having numerous nursing homes, the younger generations are moving into the resort town to escape the crazy property prices and congestion in London and Brighton. The so-called endless summer of Eastbourne may be perfect for endless beach days for all ages but that doesn’t mean it’s the only thing to do in the resort town.

Eastbourne holds the world-famous Airbourne, a 4-day international air show held every August. The show features the Battle of Britain memorial flights, aircrafts from the Royal Air Forces and United States Air Forces, Red Arrows displays and many more. The event is one of Eastbourne’s biggest events and is loved by many.

With a near-perfect weather for tennis, the resort town has also long hosted the Eastbourne International Tennis Championship, where many big names such as Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka would take part in as part of a pre-Wimbledon warm-up.

Other than these big events, Eastbourne hold several other events such as motor shows, beer festivals, Pride Parade, a Christmas market and many more. The town is investing in its tourism with redevelopments of the central shopping area and its trio of theatres which is all due by 2019. Though the constructions of these places are taking longer than expected, it sort of reflects the local ambitions and its fast-growing economy.

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Of course these events and constructions are not the only attractions you can go to when in Eastbourne. Further inland lies the medieval heart of Eastbourne’s Old Town. Here you will be able to find one of the Oldest pubs in the UK. The Lamb Inn dates all the way back to 1180 and attracts people of all ages and is representative of the town — gushing with history but moving with the times.

No trip to Eastbourne is complete without stopping by Beachy Head. Britain’s highest chalk sea cliff that rises about 162 meters above sea level. With views of the South East coast from Dungeness to the Selsey Bill of the west. The bright red and white tower of Beachy Head lighthouse can also be seen from the cliffside.

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Move over, glamping. There’s champing.

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What is ‘champing’, exactly? A term concocted (and trademarked) by the UK’s Churches Conservation Trust, ‘champing’ combines the words ‘church’ and ‘camping’ – yes, this means you’re sleeping in a church. An abandoned one, at that.

But don’t worry, it’s not exactly the YMCA – in fact, the CCT has a network of 12 churches so far where you can camp out in style. Fret not – you don’t have to be a Christian and they don’t hold services. You don’t even have to share the church with strangers.

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Cheddar Gorge: Chalk and Cheese

A cottage in Cheddar Gorge

Mention ‘Cheddar’ and almost immediately, you’d think cheese. While Cheddar Gorge is indeed the birthplace of the famous sandwich accompaniment, the area is also known for its abundance of rock formations and stalactite caverns (it’s Britain’s largest gorge). Those looking for a bit of English heritage can find plenty of tea and cheese shops, while those looking for a dramatic scenery can appreciate its serenity from the saddle of a bike. If you fancy a stroll, take on a walking trail that takes you to the top of the gorge, where you’ll get spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Adventure enthusiasts will be able to treat themselves to a variety of rock climbing and caving expeditions available on site.