We came up with this idea when we were living in Thailand earlier in the year. We had been reminiscing about life back home and thinking about some of our favourite places in the UK. We love the Isle of Wight, New Forest, Birmingham, Cotswolds, Manchester, Cornwall, Durham, and London. We started chatting about how dispersed all our friends were and how much of a mission it would be to visit them all when we got back.
The conversation took another turn when I mused how fun it might be to just buy a van, whack a mattress in the back and go on a massive road trip around the country, visiting our friends along the way and discovering more about our home country.
That conversation has been continuing on for a good 6 months now.
We are still pretty keen on a campervan of sorts, and we’d love to get a bell tent (see previous post here). We’d also really love to explore the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the fair isle which we call home.
It’s amazing how far we’ve travelled for exploration, adventure and culture when so much of it is right on our doorstep.
So, instead of talking about it, we’re going to doing something about. It’s all too easy to get comfortable when you’re at home and think “oh, yeah, we must go visit that living country museum down the road some day.” But when it’s been 10 years and you’ve still not been you’ve got too lazy.
In order to get motivated and explore our island we are setting ourselves a 12 month challenge to visit EVERY SINGLE COUNTY IN THE UK.
Possibly an ambitious challenge, but that’s the point of a challenge right?
Challenge: Awesome Wave will visit every single county in the United Kingdom by May 31st 2016.
List of UK Counties
7. City of London
8. Cornwall, including the Isles of Scilly
13. County Durham
14. East Riding of Yorkshire
15. East Sussex
18. Greater London, excluding the City of London
19. Greater Manchester
23. Isle of Wight
30. North Yorkshire
38. South Yorkshire
42. Tyne and Wear
44. West Midlands
45. West Sussex
46. West Yorkshire
3. West Dunbartonshire
4. East Dunbartonshire
6. East Renfrewshire
7. North Lanarkshire
9. West Lothian
12. East Lothian
21. Na h-Eileanan Siar
22. Argyll and Bute
23. Perth and Kinross
25. North Ayrshire
26. East Ayrshire
27. South Ayrshire
28. Dumfries and Galloway
29. South Lanarkshire
30. Scottish Borders
2. South Glamorgan
3. Mid Glamorgan
4. West Glamorgan
(The list of UK counties is debateable for some. Do we go with historical counties? Current unitary or postal counties? This is what we have come up with so far)
Can we do it?
Is it even possible?
What are the logistics of such a challenge?
To be honest, we’ve not really thought it through in too much detail. We want to be flexible and see what comes. I think we could probably cover at least 6 or 7 counties in the next month perhaps? Yes, I’m ambitious.
And, are we allowed to tick off the counties we’ve already visited? Or do we have to start with a clean slate?
Do we try and cover loads in an extended road trip? Or is best to tackle them in lots of mini breaks?
Of course, we will share updates of our progress on our challenge. And if we find some fun stuff to do along the way we will share that here as well.