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Trescore Islands paddleboard
Best places to paddleboard in the South West

25/08/2023 South West 10 mins read

OS Champion and author of ‘Paddleboarding South West England’, Lisa Drewe, reveals her favourite places to paddleboard in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.

Places to go
The Ridgeway Marlborough Downs
The Ridgeway

05/05/2023 South East 10 mins read

The Ridgeway National Trail is a historic footpath that stretches for 87 miles (139km) across southern England, from the World Heritage Site of Avebury in Wiltshire to the ancient hill fort of Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire. Discover our favourite historic spots along the route, plus key information to help you walk it.

Places to go
South West Coast Path: 10 of the best spots

08/03/2023 South West 10 mins read

The South West Coast Path stretches from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. OS Champion, Bel Dixon, shares her favourite spots to enjoy on the stunning South West Coastal Path.

A guide to Wild Camping on Dartmoor

24/01/2023 South West 10 mins read

Wild camping on Dartmoor has changed, but there are many areas where it's still permitted. You’re going to need a rucksack for this one as camping next to the road or in camper vans is not allowed. Here's all you need to know about wild camping on Dartmoor.

The Ten Tors Challenge

10/10/2022 South West 5 mins read

The Ten Tors Challenge is an annual challenge organised by the British Army for young people to navigate the wilds of Dartmoor. It's a multi-day adventure that tests stamina, navigation and mental toughness - for both the participants and the volunteer. We speak to OS Champion Fi Darby about her experience.

Family activities
Wallace and Gromit's new outdoor game

29/09/2021 South West 5 mins read

‘Fix up the City’ is a new free gaming app that features Wallace and Gromit and to play it you’ll need to visit Bristol’s Millennium Square or Cardiff Bay. The OS Games team went to check it out.

ITV's Cornwall and Devon walks

06/01/2021 South West 10 min read

Cornwall and Devon form the far south-west part of Britain and are a haven for locals and holidaymakers alike. Dramatic coastline plus wild moorlands, hills and valleys make it the perfect place to explore on foot or by bike.

A wild camp at Winspit

02/08/2018 South West

Kate Jamieson describes her night on the Dorset coast and the dos and don'ts of wild camping

Top 10 lost lanes in the West Country

27/06/2018 South West

OS #GetOutside Champion and cycling guidebook author, Jack Thurston, takes us on a journey along his ten favourite lost lanes in the West Country.

Top 5 places to visit in Somerset

20/06/2018 South West

​Somerset is a county sometimes overlooked but it repays a visit in spades. Its name deriving from ‘land of the summer people’, Somerset, with its heritage, myths and legends appeals in any weather.

Pentire & The Rumps

14/03/2018 South West

Patrick Bradley takes us along his favourite section of the South West Coast Path, through Pentire & The Rumps.

Exploring Bowerman’s Nose and The Two Moors Way

30/01/2018 South West

Follow the Two Blondes as they explore the dramatic countryside around the Two Moors way and Bowerman's nose in Dartmoor - while being followed by a film crew for ITVs Britain's Favourite Walks

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