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    St Michael's Mount, Cornwall, Discover Britain
    View of St Michael's Mount at dawn with causeway emerging as the tide recedes. Credit: National Trust/David Noton

    Discover Britain August/September 2016
    From the giant Cormoran
    who is said to have lived on St Michael’s Mount, where his heart still nestles among the cobblestones, to the mythical liver birds of Liverpool, the August/September issue of Discover Britain explores a few of the magical legends and stories that abound in the UK…



    WEB Liver bird of Liverpool
    Liverpool’s famous liver bird atop the Royal Liver Building. Credit: VisitBritain/Britain on View

    Never letting the truth get in the way of a good yarn, an abundance of tales – from dancing giants to Merlin’s magic – have sprung up to explain the enigmatic origins of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, a county rich in mysteries and magic, while Cornwall, in the southernmost reaches of Britain and enveloped by the Celtic Sea, is another region that celebrates the legends of King Arthur. Look out for your chance to win a three-day trip to this spectacular county.

    Stonehenge. Credit: English Heritage
    Myths abound about Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Credit: English Heritage Photo Library

    Remembering some of our best loved children’s authors who have made their own rich contribution to the UK’s well of stories, we also go on the trail of some of Britain’s favourite characters – Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and Winnie-the-Pooh among them. As you might expect, they have associations with some of the most magical locations across the UK, from the Lake District to the Scottish Highlands.

    Glenfinnan Viaduct
    The Hogwarts Express sped over the dramatic Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Harry Potter films. Credit: iStock

    We also explore the astonishingly picturesque Black and White Village Trail in north Herefordshire; the rich history of the islands of the Thames; the Fan Museum in Greenwich, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; the secrets of London’s historic villages; and we meet daredevil Chelsea Pensioner Charmaine Coleman.

    And, in our exploration of Britain’s enchanting landscapes and legends, it is worth repeating the words of the late, great Roald Dahl, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate throughout the UK this autumn: “The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

    Black and white timbered cottage with pretty gardens, Eardisland, Herefordshire, England, UK, Western Europe.; Shutterstock ID 368582201
    Black and white timbered cottage with pretty gardens, Eardisland, Herefordshire. Credit: Shutterstock
    Chelsea Pensioner
    Meet Chelsea Pensioner Charmaine Coleman. Credit: Arnhel de Serra
    Fan Museum, Greenwich
    The Fan Museum’s lovely orangery is the perfect place for afternoon tea. Credit: The Fan Museum
    World Museum, Liverpool
    The World Museum, which opened in 1853, is the oldest in Liverpool. Credit: iStock


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