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don't forget the UK by kidjuxta on 5 January 2004 10:24pm
Global travel is exhilarating and so it is, but some of the best travel experiences i've had have been in the UK. I hope everyone who has done any of the long-distance walks such as 'The Coast to Coast walk,' 'The Dales Way,' 'The Cleveland Way,' 'The Cumberland Way' and 'The Wolds Way' will agree. My concensus always has been, and always will be, THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE WORLD AT FIRST HAND IS ON FOOT...
Re: don't forget the UK by Godfather on 6 January 2004 1:31am
Yeah,the UK is wonderful.It's usually much more pleasant though when it's not pissing down with rain all the time (which it usually is), and when you can stay somewhere overnight which wont empty your bank account. It's not the cheapest place to travel unfortunately (even when camping). I was lucky enough to travel extensively in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland as a child. My parents took me everywhere. Camping and trekking trips in the Black mountains of Wales, Camping and trekking in the Lake District,Stately home visits, Castles,Historical sights,Bannockburn in Scotland. Camping and trekking in the Scottish highlands (Crikey,was our family on the run or something?). But now when i look at UK, its very pricey for long term travel. That's it only major downside (and many overseas young travellers say the same thing). The public transport is not cheap (or simply does'nt exist in many areas). The trains are prohibitivly expensive too. So on foot it certainly is the most fascinating. I would of loved to have travelled Britain about 70 years ago. It would of been a wonderful stretch of local cultural identitys,rolling hills and fields. We used to live in Devon up until 15 years or so ago. We lived right next to dartmoor and spent out lives on it pretty much. Now Somerset is where i live. Still has wonderful terrain and attractions though.
Re: don't forget the UK by Angel on 6 January 2004 6:29am
Scotland (being my home) is full of all kinds, we have stone circles and castles and scenery that makes the heart sing aloud, if I could have turned into a wild stag and ran I would have, not to mention the massive amound of haunted places! - I also lived in oxford, a great place for the gothic ness of world domination! and Bath, my last living place before singapore, roman and refined, a wonderful place to live and visit
Re: don't forget the UK by kidjuxta on 6 January 2004 12:11pm
Yeh, it's a pain when travelling in your own country is so expensive. I love doing long distance walks and just to get to the start of The Coast to Coast Walk almost exhausted the travel funds i had saved to see me through the walk. I live on the East Coast in East Yorkshire and had to get to St. Bees on the West Coast and the train fare cost about £60 if i remember rightly!!!! I mean you can fly to most places on the continent for a similar if not cheaper price. And then the train journey took nearly all day. Ha, i could have walked faster!!

I've never headed into the Scottish Highlands (yet), nor been to any of the cities such as Glasgow or Edinburgh. I've spent some quality time in the Borders region though round the beautiful St. Abbs Head nature reserve on the East Coast.

Hmm, has anyone hitch-hiked to any extent in the UK in order to simply save the money it costs to get to places on public transport? I've never had it in me before to do it, but i want to walk the coastal path around Cornwall, Devon and Dorset later this year and am dreading the train fares to get to and from my start and finish points, lol.
Re: don't forget the UK by Godfather on 6 January 2004 6:49pm

I've found that majority of people in this country will not pick up hitch hikers anymore. Everybody is terrified now. You can sit there for a half a day with people looking at you and driving on. People are so paranoid now in this country. I on the other hand always pick people up (unless they're caked in mud or something) as i know how frustrating and infuriating it is to stand there for hours with everybody just ignoring you. In the summer time, drivers are more likely to pick people up. During Glastonbury (Pilton pop festival) lone hippy types are always hitching to and fro around the area. But outside of Summer, hardly anyone will pick up fellow Brits with their thumb out for a lift.
Re: don't forget the UK by *Amy* on 8 January 2004 4:26pm
The UK is very beautiful, and while i want to see many other places in the world i don't think i could ever leave it. Wales holds some brilliant memories for me, and the countryside there is just wonderful. Scotland's the same. Just where i live is a bit... blergh, really. Doubt anyone on a walk would ever come here, and i don't blame them! Dorset is also very special to me, and the scenery is so peaceful and tranquil. I think i know where i'm heading for retirement ;) (even though that's many years away, but it sounds quite appealing! heh, 17 and wanting to retire. whoops).

And yes, it does often piss down here, but... its still lovely, hehe!

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