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Major Oak, Sherwood Forest. Photograph by John W. SchulzeMajor Oak, Sherwood Forest. Photograph by John W. Schulze

On Day 41 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, the Olympic Flame continues its journey through the East Midlands. Beginning at Lincoln, the Torch heads west towards Mansfield. Along the way, the Torch will pass a treasured English forest, once home to the legendary Robin Hood. Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve contains some of Europe’s oldest trees including oaks that are more than five centuries old.

Read more about Days 41-44: East & West Midlands»


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Turtle at Tropical World, Leeds. Photography by Simon Wiffen via Flickr.comTurtle at Tropical World, Leeds. Photography by Simon Wiffen via Flickr.com

We have now passed the halfway point of the London 2012 Torch Relay route as the Olympic Flame and its incredible Torch Bearers sprint down the east of the UK over the next few days. We’ll be trying to keep up with them and suggesting places of historic, artistic and natural beauty for you to discover near the route.

Read more about Days 38-40: Yorkshire and Humber & Lincolnshire»


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Cat Bells, Lake District National Park. Photography by Michael Graham.Cat Bells, Lake District National Park. Photography by Michael Graham.

The Torch Relay is once again travelling down the country, and we are following it to some of the most remote and some of the best-known places in the UK. Today we will accompany the Torch Bearers as they start in Scotland and journey down the North West of England, picking out the best sights for you to visit near the route.

Read more about Days 34-37: Scotland, North West England and Yorkshire»


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Bottle of Notes outside MIMA, Middlesbrough. Photography by Tony Roberts (via Flickr.com)Bottle of Notes outside MIMA, Middlesbrough. Photography by Tony Roberts (via Flickr.com)

The Torch Relay is back in England for Day 31 and in the next couple of days it will be travelling around the North East, into Yorkshire, and heading across the country to the North West by the end of Day 33. As we follow the progress of the Olympic Flame and its Torch Bearers we will be pointing out the best of what to see and do near the route.

Read more about Days 31-33: North East & Yorkshire»


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Calton Hill, EdinburghCalton Hill, Edinburgh

After spending the last few days in Scotland the Torch is ready to head back down south into the north east of England on Day 27, starting the day in the World Heritage city of Edinburgh. With so many heritage sites to visit in this beautiful city by the sea, such as the famous Edinburgh Castle, walking trails are a great way to see the key sights in a short space of time and unlock the surprising links between places.

Read more about Days 27-30: Scottish Border & the North East»

11 June 2012

Days 24-26: Scotland


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Blackhouses at Gearrannan, Stornoway, Hebrides. Photography by Rob FarrowBlackhouses at Gearrannan, Stornoway, Hebrides. Photography by Rob Farrow

We have been travelling the country with the Torch Relay, following the Flame and Torch Bearers all the way from the South West, through Wales, the West Midlands, across the sea to Northern Ireland, and finally north to Scotland. The next couple of days the Torch will travel down Scotland, from its most northerly point on the Hebrides Islands, and we will be descending with it to discover the best places to visit across the country.

Read more about Days 24-26: Scotland»


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Murlough Beach. Photography by Still Burning via Flickr.comMurlough Beach. Photography by Still Burning via Flickr.com

As the 20th day of the London 2012 Torch Relay begins we find ourselves back in Northern Ireland after a brief trip south to Dublin yesterday. And what better way to spend your time after the very early start of the Relay at Newcastle than to take a stroll along Murlough Beach, part of a National Nature Reserve that is only a short distance from Newcastle and Dundrum. This stunning view of golden sand leading up to the Mourne Mountains and the fresh sea air are sure to wake even the sleepiest of Torch Relay enthusiasts after seeing the Torch begins its journey at about 7am.

Read more about Days 20-23: Northern Ireland & Scotland»


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Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland. Photography by Chris Lofqvist via Flickr.comGiant's Causeway, Northern Ireland. Photography by Chris Lofqvist via Flickr.com

The Torch Relay, the Olympic Flame and its bearers continue on their incredible journey around the UK, having been to the South West, Wales and the West Midlands, and having crossed over the sea to Northern Ireland. There is still a long way to go, but with a little Irish luck, the Flame will continue to make steady progress over the next few days and we will point out the best of the sights, sounds and smells that Northern Ireland and Dublin have to offer along the way.

Read more about Days 17-19: Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland»

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