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100 ‘Off the Beaten Track’ locations to visit

100 ‘Off the Beaten Track’ locations to explore in Britain this Christmas have been revealed.

Jeep and Ordnance Survey have come together to create an easy-to-explore map in digital and limited-edition print formats featuring some of Britain’s greatest yet lesser-known ‘Off the Beaten Track’ outdoor locations.

The map’s creation follows research by Jeep revealing nearly a third of UK adults (30%) have explored little of Britain to date – the equivalent to 16 million people – yet 80% want to see more of the country.

The study found 24% have never visited Scotland (13 million people) and 17% (nine million people) have never been to Wales, despite the two nations being home to many of Britain’s finest outdoor spaces.

Created by experts from Jeep and Ordnance Survey, the map is part of the Jeep Compass ‘Any Excuse to Get Lost’ campaign – driven by the brand’s philosophy of ‘Go Anywhere, Do Anything’.

The national spread of locations were selected based on analysis of walking route data in the popular OS Maps app, obtaining expert tips from the network of Ordnance Survey outdoor ambassadors and online reviews.

According to the study by Jeep, 87% of adults have thought about escaping the house over the festive season, with 81% saying they’d like to engage in outdoor activities.

Nearly half (49%) believe that Britain has the best outdoor spaces in all of Europe. However, taking the road less traveled matters to most, with 52% of respondents wanting to avoid popular tourist hotspots, and 57% aspiring to explore more ‘unexpected places’.

Guided by the Jeep values of freedom, adventure, authenticity and passion, the map showcases the very best of Great Britain’s idyllic and diverse landscapes – from ancient woodlands with hiking trails to secluded Lochs for adventurous wild swimmers – moving the focus away from tourist hotspots.

Highlights include the likes of Saltwick Bay in Whitby and Talybont Reservoir in Wales – considered by those in the know to be among the most stunning yet little-known places in the British Isles.

Other beautiful locations include Lagangarbh Hut in Glencoe, Scotland, and Roche Rock in Cornwall.

The map has been launched in time for the festive period, when an estimated 24 million adults will go on a walk or hike – the most popular outdoor activity over Christmas. Forests, beaches and lakes top the wish lists of outdoor places to visit during this time.

The interactive digital map also features Britain’s quietest major roads (lowest traffic volume) following analysis of Department for Transport data by Jeep last month, enabling drivers to ‘Get Lost’ from the rush of everyday life.

Details on how consumers will be able to get their hands on a limited edition print copy of the ‘Get Lost with Jeep Compass’ map will be revealed on Jeep UK’s social media channels in the coming days.

Of the respondents that tend to avoid popular tourist destinations, two thirds stated that overcrowding was the reason for doing so and 44% said they prefer ‘exploring quieter/unexplored parts of Great Britain’.

‘Cost’ is the primary factor preventing people from exploring more of the country, which is why almost all of Jeep and Ordnance Survey’s 100 ‘Off the Beaten Track’ locations are free to visit.

A third (33%) of survey respondents said they are now more likely to holiday in Great Britain than they were pre-pandemic, with ‘there is much more to discover closer to home’ given as the top reason for doing so (54%).

Nick Giles OBE, Managing Director of Ordnance Survey Leisure said: “It’s heartening to know that eight out of 10 people in Britain today would love to explore more of our wonderful country. As the survey results show, so much of Britain remains unexplored for so many of us.

“We are delighted to work with Jeep to map the 100 ‘Off the Beaten Track’ locations and hope that this will inspire people up and down the land to get outside and have new mini-adventures away from the more obvious hot spots. “

10 of the best ‘Off the Beaten Track’ locations

Saltwick Bay, Whitby, England

Just a short walk from popular Whitby, this bay has a beautifulsecluded sandy beach. At low tide you’ll see Tshipwrecks and can explore caves, and this is also a great place for fossil hunting.

Talybont Reservoir, Brecon, Wales

One of the largest reservoirs in Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons). Ideal for a spot of trout fishing or birdwatching, as well as cycling and walking.

Loch Skeen, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

ucked away in the Southern Uplands, Loch Skeen is perfect for a tranquil day of fishing and easy walks. The loch feeds the 60-metre high Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall.

Mosedale Cottage Bothy, Lake District, England

A remote bothy that is open to all. It has three bedrooms, a living room with an open fire, plus a toilet. With a boggy trail from the car park, it helps make this location exceptionally quiet.

Loch Brora, Highlands, Scotland

A beautiful freshwater loch north of Inverness. It provides habitat for a diverse range of wildlife and is great for birdwatching.

Roche Rock, Cornwall, England

Discover an astonishing ruined castle in the ‘Cornish Alps’ on a rural walk to Roche Rock.

Porthgain Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Accessible by foot or by sea, the Blue Lagoon features great walks across nearby cliffs that offer breathtaking views out to sea.

Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England

A magical place home to England’s largest grey seal colony with over 4,000 pups born each winter.

Lagangarbh Hut, Glencoe, Scotland

The desolate white house of Glencoe makes the perfect picture. Perched in the shadow of the Buachaille Etive Mòr, it’s thought this wee cottage used to be a crofter’s house.

The Stiperstones, Shropshire, England

A stunning place to hike in the Shropshire Hills with 360-degree views thanks to plenty of opportunities to scramble up high. There’s an ideal circular walk taking you through the nature reserve.

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