How to Explore your Local Area

How to Explore your Local Area

*This is a collaboration with Brompton bikes. All words, images and opinions are my own.*

Lately I’ve been running a mini-series on my blog called ‘Exploring my local area’, and it has proved to be a very popular series. A lot of people commenting all seem to agree on one thing: they also want to explore more of their local area. So for todays part of the series, instead talking about somewhere I have explored, I thought instead I would talk about ways that you can explore your local area.

Go for a walk

Ok, I know this might seem a bit weird. After all, we all know exactly where we live right? Wrong. I guarantee that if most of us went for a walk around our towns/cities/countryside or where you live, you will find somewhere you didn’t know was there. Whether it be a house, a shop or a cute street, I guarantee you will find something.

Go for a drive

Get in your car, switch off the sat nav, and just drive. A good idea would be to choose a random place about an hour away, avoid the motorways and main roads, and then stop in every town that you come across. Sure some towns might have nothing of interest, but you never know what churches or cafes you might come across.

Visit a new cafe/restaurant

Recently I was thinking about how many cafes and restaurants are local to me yet I still haven’t tried. Instead I always go to the same places. Small local cafes are also normally a great way to try out local produce and cuisines, and who doesn’t want to support their local community?

Go for a hike/climb

Ok, so this isn’t generally one I do. But my boyfriend is a big fan of climbing, and he’s always up different mountains. Now, he’s not a big social media user, so he doesn’t tend to take a lot of pictures, but when he does- wow. The views are always amazing.

Go for a cycle.

Not only is cycling a great way to exercise, it’s a wonderful way to explore your local area. One thing that always hold me back from going cycling is the fact that I don’t have room in my car to put my bike, and most of the cycling routes I like to do involve a little bit of a drive. Luckily Brompton bikes have a solution for this with their folding bikes. It can be folded down in only 20 seconds, and is then super easy to store or to transport it somewhere (even my little Peugeot 107 aka The Pug could fit it in). There are also four different handlebar designs which means there’s something to suit everyone and it comes in a variety of gorgeous colours. Definitely the perfect bike to help you explore those gorgeous canal tow paths and other various cycle routes. The bikes are also perfect for anyone who lives in the city as due to how little room they take up.

How do you like to explore your local area?

*This is a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own. Please read my Disclaimer for more information*

  • Tasha Louise

    Such a lovely blog post! I think trying out local places to eat is very important so many near me I haven’t tried!xxxx

  • Confetti & Cashmere

    I have quite a bit of countryside around me and I love going for little walks when the weather is nice and finding new things. I don’t think I can actually cycle but would love to try. I learnt when I was very young and don’t think I have got on a bike since! xx

  • Annie Bachmet

    I’m always going for a jog and finding something new or cycling to find new cafes, it’s amazing to see what I miss when I take my normal route! I love your blog lay out! Will have to try a ride without a route one day and see where I end up x

  • I’ve been really really enjoying your how to explore your local area series!
    I love going out on my bike and cycling past the fields – such a nice atmosphere!

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  • Chloe Spacey

    I definitely agree about how much more there is to see in your local area. I’d love to get into cycling more, before I moved to London I couldn’t even ride a bike. Now me and my boyfriend love hiring the Santander cycles and taking the canal paths so maybe I’ll get there. I love exploring new places so I’ll be checking out your other posts in this series!

    Chloe x

  • I love being a tourist in my local area. I did it yesterday and learnt so much about the place I live!

    Steph xx

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  • Tania Ribeiro

    Sometimes there’s so much to discover in our local area. I remember once going for a bike ride and having no idea where we was and I wanted to cry! We was only 10 minutes away from home but I’d never seen it before!

    Tania ||

  • I love re-exploring my local area, more so in my hometown than London as in London it’s easy to get drawn to all the tourist spots.
    Alicia x

  • ADoseOfChatter

    You’re totally right, I thought I had the 5 mile radius of my house down but there are so many cute little places I still stumble across when I’m not really looking. Love supporting small businesses over chains too! Been loving this series and can’t wait to read more ❤

    Lots of love Izzy |

  • These are great tips – we tend to rush off to wherever we need to be, and miss a lot of amazing spots that were right under our noses! I’ve noticed that every time I took the time to mindfully walk down a familiar path, I end up finding a new cafe or cool art, it’s just so exciting when that happens!

  • I love having a drive round where we live and being nosey haha. It’s surprising how much you learn by driving in the opposite direction to where you go around your own area xxxxxxx


  • Zoë Smith

    I’m always seeing cute little cafes near where I live but I never take the time to go and actually visit them! Personally, I love running and I was amazed at how beautiful where I live actually is when I had the time to take it all in. Great Tips!

  • These are some great tips to explore your local area! I have to say I could do with using them as I really need to go to other parts of the town I live in x

  • I’ve recently started visiting new corners of my town after being inspired by one of your other posts! I’ve discovered some new places to eat that I was never aware of and on Friday I’m visiting a house and botanical gardens only 10 minutes away that I didn’t have a clue even existed! Can you believe it?!?!! I’ll be taking all your tips on board whilst showing my family around my town that are visiting tomorrow!

  • I’m from Gibraltar (which is a tiny country) so I always complain there’s not a lot to do, but there are deffo restaurants I haven’t been to and Spain is only a stone throw away! x


  • I definitely need to explore the area I live in more – I only have a couple of weeks left in Oxford before I move away permanently, so I need to make the most of it! Your tips are really helpful, and the folding bike definitely sounds super useful, thanks for sharing that with us!

    Abbey 😘

  • Stacey

    I think these are some lovely ideas. It’s so true that we often take the place we live in for granted. I keep saying we need to hire some bikes and go out for a long ride, just to explore. I do love the idea of folding bikes as well – that would really help with transportation and storage.

  • Deimante Baurinaite

    These are great tips Lauren! I agree that you always end up finding new places that you didn’t know were there. I think also walking somewhere a different way than you’re used to is a great way to find hidden spots.
    Deimante x

  • These are some great tips, I’ve lived in the same small seaside town all my life and I can guarantee there’s still so much more exploring for me – new Cafés to try, places to see and do!

    Katie x

  • Tea Party Beauty

    These are great tips – some I need to take note of as I am useless at getting out and about in my local area (unless it’s the pubs haha)

  • Sian…

    Living in East Yorkshire, it’s so easy to explore the local area! Hull’s only an hour or so away from Leeds/Sheffield etc so we’re always going to new towns. Trying local cafes is probably my fave thing to do somewhere new because I just love food!

    Sian x

  • I feel like I need to start visiting different cafes in my local area, as I always go to the same ones or chains.
    Alicia x