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19th June 2020

Fantastic post-lockdown Walks around the UK

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Now that the rules concerning where we can and can’t go are finally being relaxed, large numbers of us will be looking forward to the chance to venture off the beaten track, and to get some exercise in a place that’s a little further removed from our local neighbourhoods.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of inspiring, invigorating walking routes in the UK – and even during peak season, it’s possible to maintain a prudent social distance from other people. Plus, since we’re outside, the danger of contagion isn’t as high as it otherwise might be (provided, of course, that we’re all sensible). Given the benefits of walking, it’s something that we should all be looking to do more of.

Let’s take a look at some of the most appealing walking routes in the UK.

Birling Gap and Seven Sisters

If you’re in the southeast, it might be tempting to take a stroll along the white cliffs of Dover. The Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters provide fantastic views out into the sea and provide a glimpse of the wildlife and history of East Sussex. The route starts in Crowlink car park and it’ll take you across the tops of the cliffs themselves. The south coast is easily accessible via train; you can take a train from Burgess Hill to Brighton and arrive within a few minutes.

Burns Trail

This corner of Ayrshire owes its name to Robert Burns, the poet for whom it provided so much inspiration. Starting and ending in Alloway, Burn’s home village, this is a trail that’ll allow you to see a great deal of what makes walking in Scotland so compelling. The route passes through Newark Castle, offering an eye-popping view over the Firth of Clyde, provided that you take the trip on a clear day.

Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is a long route running through the middle of the peak district, all the way up to the Scottish highlands. At a whopping 268 miles, this is a trail that you’ll need to conquer in miniature chunks. If you’re thinking about attempting the entire thing, then you may need to wait for the lockdown to properly lift in order to secure accommodation. Depending on your walking abilities, this can take anywhere from a few days to an entire month – and it poses a significant challenge, being composed mainly of hills. Part of the route runs along the famous Liverpool to Leeds canal, which makes for a convenient long walking trail for residents of either city.

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Housewarming Gifts that are a Little Different

Housewarming gifts

Now that lockdown is gradually being lifted and new ways to combat the coronavirus are being discovered, the housing market will begin to lurch once again into action. Viewings will take place, offers will be made, and keys will be exchanged. And that means that someone you know may well find themselves on the move at some point in the very near future.

To mark such occasions, a housewarming party is traditional. But since that’s not really practical when there’s a pandemic ongoing, we need to resort to other measures. That means greater emphasis being placed on housewarming gifts, instead.

If you’re shopping for a new housewarming gift, then you’ll find no shortage of options available. A bundle of flowers or a chocolate hamper! But some of the options are a little quirkier. Let’s take a look at a few of the more appealing ones.

An Indoor Herb Garden

If your friends are moving into an indoor space like a flat, then injecting a little greenery can be enormously beneficial. Look for self-watering jars that will slot onto any available south-facing windowsill.

Cutting Board

Chopping boards will never cease to be useful. Look for something that can safely be thrown into an oven, or that can flex and bend for easy pouring of those finely-diced ingredients. If you want something especially gift-worthy, then choose something substantial, with a custom etching.

Key Holders

There’s nothing quite so annoying as a set of misplaced keys. You can save your friends the trouble of having to locate such items by buying them a wall-mounted key-holder.

Cheese Board

If your friends are dedicated turophiles, then a set of stylish cheese boards and cheese knives are sure to go down swimmingly. This is a popular gift, so make sure that they haven’t already got one before you splash the cash on anything too fancy.

Bartender Kit

Just about everyone who loves alcohol loves a cocktail. Whether you’re looking for something sweet, something savoury, something sharp or something bitter, there’s a mixed drink out there to cater to that demand. But to make it, a high-quality cocktail-making kit is called for. It should include a shaker, a muddler, ice tongs and a muddler.

Tea Towels

You can never really have too many tea towels, which makes this a safe option for housewarming gift buyers. To add a personal touch, you might go for another monogram – that way, you’ll be providing a reminder of your contribution whenever it’s time to do the dishes!

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