I believe 80% plus of clients at CrossFit SE11 are foreign nationals it was not far off that when I coached at CrossFit London. London is incredibly multi-cultural and diverse. When I speak with our visitors they all say the same things, it is welcoming, modern thinking and exciting. I pursue my interrogation, "where are you from?", "are you working or studying here?", "where are you based?", "how long have you been here?" and then "where have you visited?" It is the last question that causes, not always, an awkward pause, that moment that they have to declare they have not been anywhere other than London and often only central London. I appreciate we are all busy and particularly visitors from Europe want to spend their free time visiting home and family. But having recognised this I still want to urge you to maximise your opportunity to go see the rest of the Tin Islands (our ancient Greek title).
To follow is a blatant hard sell of some the beautiful places I have seen covering the south island of Jersey the south coast including the Jurassic coast, west to Wales, east to Norfolk and north to Scotland but firstly starting with our home town of London village with some suggestions you may not be aware of.
London, capital city, if you live and work here you get to see it with different eyes to the tourist. The daily commute demands you shuffle onto public transport headphones in and face buried in the Metro. You are blind and deaf to your surroundings. And on your day off, CrossFit, a pub, maybe the local park if it is dry?
|The Daily Commute|
|Central London Old and New|
|Natural History Museum|
|South Bank Yoots|
|The London Eye|
At night get out of the pub and club and see the city with different eyes.
|Yes This Is London.|
|No It Is Not Las Vegas.|
|Take The Time To Stop And Enjoy.|
I can go on but I want to take you out of central London and show you some of our gems on the periphery. Head south west to one of our largest royal parks, Richmond. Still by the Thames so you can enjoy one of our best assets as well as a magnificent park and you will see more than dog walkers, and babies in buggies.
|I Know An Actual Stag|
|And He Has Some Friends|
|No That Is Not Bambi|
|Learn About The Ghosts Of Our Past|
|Not Just Planes Land In London|
|Walk, Jog Or Run.|
|South London In The Snow|
|All That Is Missing Is Santa.|
Jersey an island crown dependency but not part of the UK and has its own parliament and legal system, part of the Channel Islands archipelago. If you are a non EU citizen make sure you are all stamped up before departing the mainland. Some amazing modern history along side the very ancient history. What happened there during World War II is shocking not only for what occurred but also that so few know about it.
|You Can Actually Walk Around The Whole Island|
Moving on to the south coast covering Kent, my second home, and the Jurassic coast including Beachy Head and the hidden treasures of Dorset and the New Forest. Below is Belle Tout light house you can actually stay there and did you know they actually moved it back from the cliff to save it! Only a few miles from Bournemouth.
|Belle Tout B&B Beachy Head|
|Sunrise At Belle Tout|
|Bored With Walking The Cliff, Climb It.|
|Go In Land And Go Back In Time|
|Corfe Castle And The Local Historic Train Ride|
|Tranquil Lulworth Cove|
|A Short Walk To Durdle Door|
|Looking Back To Lulworth Cove|
|The Villages Feel Frozen In Time|
|Brighton Beach - Not The Nudist One|
|View To West Pier|
|Whitstables Chocolate Box High St.|
|A Glass Of Fizz With The Sunset|
|Sunrise Is Stunning Too Maybe No Fizz|
|Whitstable Beach And Oyster Bay Co.|
|Enjoy Your Own Beach|
Wales, in particular the Gower Peninsula, sublime coast line, walking, cycling, camping and surfing all in one of the worlds most beautiful places, it is in the top five! It has ancient history by the bucket load and a real example of our small islands diversity, just look at the language. Grab a tent and enjoy the place and all that it offers.
|Views Out To Bristol Channel|
|Never More Than 70 Miles From The Sea|
|View From The Camp Site|
Our last stop will be Scotland but before we get there I am going to take you across the Irish Sea to Ireland. You can go anywhere in the Emerald Isle and you will have fun. The people are amazing the towns and cities are full of fun, the craic is ninety! The coast line is breath taking you can fly to Kerry airport for £40, do not be alarmed it may look like you are landing on a farm but it is an airport. From there get a taxi to Dingle. It is on the west coast and the next stop is America. Dingle is bonkers I will not say anymore than that. Go discover.
|I Can See New York|
|Hire A Bike|
We are going to shoot north to Scotland. I have missed loads out on route, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumbria you could visit any of these on route and I recommend you do. Scotland has some fascinating history, evidence of some of the oldest human settlements through all the ages to the Romans and beyond. Edinburgh has a castle on a volcano! I cannot add to that. Whether you go west, wet with sandy beaches and lush islands or east, the same but slightly drier you will fall in love with the place, guaranteed. The Highland Games, folk music, walking and wild camping are just some of the treasures and of course the whisky.
|The East Coast|
|And Its Crazy Skies|
Take a walk into the Cairngorms, for experienced walkers only, but it is a most beautiful experience. This can be easily reached from a train from London Euston to Aviemore. I catch the sleeper so I arrive in the early morning with the whole day in front of you. Walking through the Chalamain Gap has a real sense of leaving the modern world and walking into the wild. You can go days without seeing a single soul.
|Pitch By Loch Avon|
|Or Sleep In A Bothy, They Are Free.|
|No Traffic Lights Here|
|Inveraray and Loch Fyne|
|Loch Fyne Produces The Famous Smokies.|
Scotland has some amazing produce too from local beef, salmon, smoked fish, cheese and of course as already mentioned the whisky. All these can be enjoyed at some of the colourful spectacles like the High Land games.
|Grass Fed Beef, Delicious And Cute.|