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If you’ve ever begrudged giving up childhood pastimes, there’s plenty of help at hand. In recent months, Visit England have unveiled a guide to the country’s best Poohsticks bridges and Ordnance Survey have tapped into the current popularity for adult colouring-in by releasing blank city maps to print off. You’ll find details below – and we’ve flipped our own tiddlywink into the arena by picking some of the UK’s best hills for kite-flying. Enjoy.


Winnie-the-Pooh may have been a “bear of little brain”, but he knew what made a decent Poohsticks bridge. So too do the good folk at Visit England, who have compiled a dozen of the best spots around the country at which to perfect the fine art of stick-dropping.

Colouring In

Let’s face it – modern life is stressful sometimes. So stressful, in fact, that several colouring-in books for adults have become bestsellers in the last year. There’s something cathartic about putting felt-tip pen to paper. Feeding this urge, OS have released blank maps of London, Durham, Cardiff and elsewhere. Find them at


Only the hard-hearted would dismiss the simple pleasures that kite-flying can bring. Requiring nothing more than a bit of a string, a bit of fabric and a bit of wind, it’s one of those rare outdoor pursuits that suits all ages and fitness levels. So where are our ten recommended spots in England and Wales to get flying, we hear you cry? Well, seeing as you ask…

Reigate Hill, Surrey – Chalk downland, military history and sweeping views of the Weald
Nearest YHA: YHA Tanners Hatch

Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London – Open parkland on Hampstead Heath, with a panorama of the capital
Nearest YHA: YHA London St Pancras

Kilvey Hill, Swansea – This South Wales vantage point has its own annual kite-flying festival
Nearest YHA: YHA Gower

Coombe Hill, Chilterns – A cracking beauty spot overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury
Nearest YHA: All Stretton Bunkhouse

Haverigg, Cumbria – The coastal village plays host to the Western Lake District KiteFest
Nearest YHA: YHA Eskdale

Sugarloaf, Brecon Beacons – A breeze-blown 600-metre-high landmark in the Black Mountains
Nearest YHA: YHA Llangattock Mountain Bunkhouse

Eggardon Hill, Dorset – A yearly kite festival makes this a popular haunt for West Country kite-fliers
Nearest YHA: YHA Litton Cheney

Werneth Low Country Park, Manchester – Grants views of Manchester and Liverpool, stretching to Wales on a clear day
Nearest YHA: YHA Manchester

Mam Tor, Peak District -A famous, panoramic hill that’s great for walkers and great for kite-fliers
Nearest YHA: YHA Castleton Losehill Hall

Brancaster, Norfolk – A beautiful broad beach on the North Norfolk coastline, close to Hunstanton
Nearest YHA: YHA Hunstanton

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

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