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Take a leap: Unique things to do in Britain

It would be a shame not to do a post with a mention that today will be a one in 1460 year opportunity. Most people wouldn’t so much as bat an eyelid at it, but as it’s something special  so rare I thought I would suggest unique things that you can do in a day around the UK to celebrate its uniqueness!

England- For those residing in London, chances are the most time you will get to day is to have a drink, so to make it a unique one and head to St Pancras’ Station to drink Champagne at the World’s longest champagne bar. For more Capital adventures, why not try something for free, The British Museum is free to enter, or perhaps you want to challenge yourself and climb up St Stephen’s Tower (most commonly known as Big Ben Tower!). In the North, see art with a difference at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, or head to Grizedale Forest in the Lake District for a walk where interesting sculptures blend into the surroundings. Afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Shop in York is also a wonderful experience for the traditional scone, cream cake and tea fan. Kick back and enjoy friendly service whilst tucking into Britain’s best afternoon treats.

Scotland- Standing at one of the UK main island’s most northerly points, John O’Groat’s is an experience that everyone should aspire to have. Despite being dubbed “a seedy tourist trap” by the Lonely Planet guide, I actually quite liked the town. It’s unspoiled; you can watch the puffins and seals playing down by the water, enjoy and ice cream and above all just watch the sea. If this is too much of a trek for you, there are plenty of exciting things to do in the Scottish Cities. Visit the Wallace Monument in Stirling, or climb up to Edinburgh Castle for the sound of bagpipes or a view of the city. For an Island visit, go to Orkney to see the oldest building in Britain.  Skara Brae which was built in 3500 BC is the most complete Neolithic village in Britain. For a sweet tooth, head to Aberlour in Moray to the place where Walker’s shortbread is manufactured and sample some Scottish Whiskey at the same time.

Wales- Today is traditionally known as a day when women can propose rather than the other way around. So if you’re recently engaged or planning on a proposal, why not get married in a cave? Dan Yr Ogof caves can legally hold weddings in their Cathedral cave. If not getting married, then just visit anyway! Another interesting trip out in Wales, is a boat trip out to Caldey Island to the monastery. Dotted around the island there are many interesting little things to explore such as beaches, plants, a light house, the old priory and the monastery itself. Urbanites around Wales may however prefer something a little more city oriented. Don’t worry Wales has that too! Watersports in the city are available in every manner. Take an afternoon off and go kayaking, canoeing, rafting and windsurfing at the International Sports Centre. At night do something different and take the Creepy Cardiff tour. See some of the best attractions in the city whilst learning some haunting facts.

A cycling vacation: A good New Years’ resolution

It’s that time of the year where you are struggling to eat another salad, the leftover Christmas chocolate is still tempting you, and your resolutions are slowly breaking down. However, our resolutions shouldn’t be seen as a daunting task, and can even be fun and invigorating. So why not take a cycling holiday?

Cycling is a fun and healthy way to exercise. It can be used as a mode of transport as well as helping the environment with less emissions. Cycling not only improves your cardiovascular health but also your fitness. The sport suits those with arthritis of the lower limbs as they do not cause impact to the knees and other joints.

The UK offers many scenic routes that are worth cycling. Here are some highlights of the UK cycling scene:

Whitehaven to Whitby passes through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks following quiet country lanes, stopping in interesting quaint towns like Keswick and Appleby.

Throughout the Yorkshire Wolds you will witness breathtaking sceneries of gently rolling chalk hills and valleys. There are an array of minsters and abbeys to be seen in the many small towns and villages that you will cycle through, including Pocklington and Beverley.

If castles and vineyards sound like your cup of tea, look no further than Suffolk, where a relaxed cycling tour will take you through quiet rural market towns such Framlingham for some real relaxation.

Cycle around Norfolk by starting from the extraordinary Breckland Heaths, to the beautiful coast of North Norfolk coast, and finally to the famous Broads.

A variety of tours exist, so make sure that you pick a tour which is either challenging enough for your stamina, or if you prefer a more gentler pace, is not too heavy going.