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GET OUT AND WALK

I love geography and think half the fun of it is getting outdoors to understand the places, people and environments all around us.

A great way to do this over the summer is to explore some of the new walks from the Royal Geographical Society’s two new projects.

Taking the Olympics and Paralympics theme, there are 20 'international' walks in the UK that you can download from the Walk the World website - www.walktheworld.org.uk - and do in your own time. These walks explore the many amazing ways in which our city and country landscapes in Britain have been shaped by connections with the 205 countries that are competing here this summer. One of the central London walks explores connections to more than 100 different countries in a two-hour ramble around South Kensington! And you can explore your own street with new eyes and discover the many local links with other countries around you. If you log them on the Walk the World website you can help to make an 'Olympic' map of international connections right across the UK.

The second project, called 'Discovering Britain' brings our country to life beneath your feet. Telling the stories of our town, coastal and country landscapes, the walks are easy to do, fun for the family, and you will learn a lot too without even trying. You can find everything you need to do the walks - map, directions, what to look for, and even audio recordings if you want - on the website, www.discoveringbritain.org. So far there are 20 great walks on the site and many more will be added in the next few months.