Silver Travel Book Club - June 2021

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Silver Travel Book Club

Each month, we'll explore a different destination, and two lucky Silver Travel Book Club readers can win a free copy of the month's book.

Original CottagesThis month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Original Cottages – is reading 'Britain on Back Roads in a Box' and 'Seaside Walks in a Box' by Fiona Duncan.

In this boxed collection of cards, you’ll find a great mix of driving routes around Britain s exciting and unusual back roads. The 25 folding cards are filled with unique routes, detailing 40 driving tours. Each card has a different route fully described and illustrated, and include nearby charming places to stay. Every route is carefully researched to give the most interesting driving experience and are based around interesting towns and villages.  Seaside Walks is also a unique box filled with folding cards, detailing a mix of seaside walks around Britain's beautiful coastal paths. Each card has a different walking route fully described and illustrated.

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You could be forgiven for thinking that the titles of this month’s Book Club competition are sections from the Original Cottages website. As the truly local experts in the self-catering industry, ‘Britain on Back Roads and Seaside Walks in a Box’ are things they know all about at Original Cottages.

With several of their 5,400 properties nestled in hidden back roads amidst stunning backdrops or on the final grains of earth before a sandy beach, you’ll be sure to put your newfound knowledge from this month’s book club titles to good use if you choose to holiday with Original Cottages – the UK’s leading independent holiday lettings company.

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Seaside Walks Britain on Back Roads

How to win a copy of 'Britain on Back Roads' and 'Seaside Walks' by Fiona Duncan

Maybe it’s driving the quiet, country lanes of Dorset or strolling along the prom in Brighton.

Simply add a comment at the end of this page to tell us about your favourite UK driving route or seaside walk and the best entry will win the two boxes of cards.

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  • 1joby
    2 days ago
    Isle of Skye A635 goes through Saddleworth Moor from Lancashire to Yorkshire. The scenery is magnificent & the drive is exhilarating. It’s a quiet road as there are more direct routes but none can match the beauty of this drive.
  • BarbieV
    3 days ago
    I love the Cornish coastal path. The landscape is different every season. The tin mines add mystery and stories of the past.
    The Jurasic coast is lovely for walking too. Can be quite challenging too. The sea is beautiful what ever the weather.
    It's so good that there are so much outdoors to enjoy.
  • Kfac
    3 days ago
    Beaches and Back roads of Britain are simply the Best. If I had to choose, walking the Beaches of Barra with the Crystal Blue waters , so Enjoyable.
    Driving around the Back roads of the Lake District,
    the landscape and the scenery, just wonderful. Staycation is what we should All consider this year, for the benefit to ourselves and this Great Britain.
  • Mandyness
    8 days ago
    Strolling along the prom in Brighton sounds just grand - as indeed does any walk along the sea front in Britain. We are so lucky to have such a variety of beaches, from the sand dunes of the Norfolk coast to the shingle beach at Deal in Kent. The new beach huts at Lytham St Annes are a wonderful base for seaside walks there.
  • you
    8 days ago
    I do not have a special area I like to visit, it is very hard to say any which one is better than others..
  • greatgran8
    9 days ago
    I love walking along the Solway coast, an AONB. Some areas have Board walks and there is plenty of parking and not very many people. Cyclist have a dedicated track. There are great view across to Scotland and the Lake District hills, big sky and lovely sunsets. There is a variety of catering in Silloth. Allonby and Maryport. where you can visit the excellent Aquarium and the area abounds in roman sites and museum.
  • ChristineT
    9 days ago
    My favourite coastal walk is part of the John Muir Way in East Lothian, Scotland. Specifically from Prestonpans to North Berwick, passing through the beautiful village of Aberlady, the fabulous beach at Gullane, Dirleton with a ruined castle, and finishing at the seaside town of North Berwick, where you can visit the excellent Scottish Seabird Centre, take a boat trip to the Bass Rock or just sit and enjoy the view at the harbour while eating lobster and chips. Superb!
  • ESW
    10 days ago
    I'd second Pauline's recommendation of banranald Nature reserve. We visited in May and were lucky enough to see as well as hear the corncrakes.They had only just arrived and the vegetation hadn't grown up enough to hide them. One had a death wish and was wandering along the raod. cars stopped for it! There call is unmistakable.

    Another year we actually saw a snowy owl here. It was a passing visitor and was sitting huddled up against a stone, and looking very miserable and fed up. From a distance it looked like as if someone had dropped a white coat there.
  • PaulineTurner
    13 days ago
    We have walked many miles of Britain's coastal paths over the years, but one of the best walks was along the west coast of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The walk took us through the machair to the Balranald Nature Reserve, which is home to a myriad of birds, some, such as the corncrake, quite rare. It is managed by the RSPB and is a wonderful place to visit. We went in June, and as the birds next slightly later in Scotland, there were still lots of young birds in the nests. We were dive bombed by Arctic terns if we neared their nests, saw turnstones,, ringed plovers, lapwings and many more. The sky was alive with wings and the cries of so many birds. We had a wonderful day, followed by a picnic amongst the wild flowers of the Mayfair on a day of glorious sunshine!
  • Hardyplant
    13 days ago
    My favourite UK driving route is the A31. Whenever we have a short break in Winchester, or are travelling further west to Dorset or Somerset for example, we use this route, notably the section between Guildford and Winchester, so we don't have to drive even further round the M25 to access the M3. Once on the Hogs Back I can relax a bit, knowing that for the next hour there will be views of countryside. There are now quite a few roundabouts where villages have been bypassed; as a child I remember being driven past Jane Austen's house in Chawton and the watercress beds near Alresford but a short detour takes you into these villages and also to the delightful Long Barn in New Alresford, a home and garden store, where we take a break for a drink and snack before continuing our journey.
  • Hollywolly
    15 days ago
    We have done many short walks on the Southwest coast path and will never walk all 95 miles of it. West bay to Burton Bradstock is probably our favourite, with the promise of a cream tea at either end With the correct weather you cannot beat it