Britain is full of great places to explore.
You can walk the streets and alleys of Britain's historic towns and cities, ramble in the countryside, woodlands and forests or climb the hills and mountains in some remote but stunningly beautiful areas.
But the dictionary offers two definitions of exploring; travelling through an unfamiliar area to learn about it or to examine something in great detail. That means moving the stones in a rock pool to see the marine life, looking in hidden corners of a garden or turning the pages of a reference book all count as exploring too.
No matter what type of weather the Great British summer throws at us, the possibilities for exploring are endless. Take a look at the ideas we have to help you discover something new close to home or further afield.
Whatever the weather, enjoy the last days of summer by exploring the great outdoors at some of the best National Trust places in the country. Keep the kids entertained all weekend long with a whole host of '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' activities or learn a new skill, from archery and rock climbing to Geocaching in the countryside. Whether it's beautiful sunshine or pouring with rain, here's a taster of some National Trust places where you can get away from it all this August bank holiday.Read more