Discovering Britain via Independent Hostels

Discovering Britain at Derwentwater

Developed by the Royal Geographical Society, Discovering Britain is an exciting series of geographically-themed, self-guided walks in locations across the UK. Discovering Britain aims to brings geography alive for everyone.  Why not enjoy a few of these walks and make a holiday of it by staying at some of the Independent Hostels of Britain.

The walks are designed to be fun, informative and inspiring, engaging the brain as well as the feet. Some walks offer an alternative perspective on well-known places, while others take you well off the beaten track. Each route is carefully chosen to tell a story about the landscape, and you can download the route instructions and walk commentaries (in written or audio versions) for free from the Discovering Britain website. Here are a few of the walks, with their closest independent hostel:

 A Walk of Art

Visit the Lake District National Park in Cumbria and stay at Derwentwater Independent Hostel.  A laminated booklet of the route of Discovering Britain  – A Walk of Art  with instructions and walk commentary is available to borrow from Derwentwater Hostel. The walk starts and finishes at the hostel.

A Walk of Art is the first Cumbrian walk in the Discovering Britain series, and it was written by a volunteer at Derwentwater Youth Hostel. It shares some of the themes that are explored in Walking with Coleridge and Wordsworth and Magical Margate which are detailed below. Do you fancy a triangular tour of British landscape art and poetry via Cumbria, Kent, and Somerset?

Walking with Coleridge and Wordsworth

The Quantock Hills in Somerset.  Stay at Base Lodge in Minehead

Magical Margate

Margate in Kent.   Stay at KIPPS CANTERBURY in Canterbury

 A Scottish phoenix

Discover how Glasgow’s historic buildings shaped the modern city.  Stay at EURO HOSTEL GLASGOW

Discovering Britain – Where will you go ?

 Let us know about your walking experiences, or recommend a Discovering Britain walk that is near a good independent hostel. We loved love to hear your stories of  discovering Britain on foot and by hostel!  Contact us via our social media or the CONTACT US form.