OFF ROAD SKILLS LEVEL ONE | DAY TWO

If you’ve not already, go here to read about day one. Thankfully, I woke up on Monday morning feeling good. As I turned over and got out of bed there weren’t too many audible groans related to aching muscles, and my kit had more-or-less dried out (apart from my gloves, which Linley kindly replaced so

BREAKING IN LEATHER HIKING BOOTS | BRASHER COUNTRY MASTER

I often talk about boots that are comfortable “straight from the box”, that is, with little or no breaking in required. It’s something of an advantage of the lighter mesh and material boots – if you choose a traditional leather hiking boot you are going to have to put in a little effort before they

ORGANISING MY PACK WITH THE FLIGHT001 SEATPAK

I love to feel organised. Okay, I need to feel organised. It’s something goes beyond all the lists and stretches into a desire to have everything packed in a logical and easily accessible way when I am travelling. And every time I leave the house. One of the things that helps me to this are

OFF ROAD SKILLS LEVEL ONE | DAY ONE

My first taste of motorcycling was on dirt. Well, grass. I had a ‘play’ on a friend’s tiny 50cc dirt bike when I was about seven or eight. The little spoked wheels with nobly tyres span as I so very gingerly teased the twist and go around the field and up the short muddy bank

KEEPING WARM IN A TENT

Have you been camping in Scotland? If yes, you know what I’m going to say. If no, you probably still know – Scotland has a bit of a reputation. Let’s face it, Scotland is wet and cold the majority of time. That’s not to say it isn’t beautiful, it is, it really is. But even

REVIEW | BOARDMAN CYCLING GEAR FROM HALFORDS

In exactly the same way that having new running gear might encourage you to leave the house and head out for a run, having new cycling gear is a great way to get me on my bike. Good weather and plenty of energy helps too, of course, but the new gear thing is sure to

FIVE OF THE BEST SUMMER WALKS TO SPOT BIRDS IN BRITAIN

Today I’m publishing a guest post by Rachel Campbell with some of the best places in Britain to spot birds this summer. The perfect way to get outside for an hour this weekend. The Great British countryside really is a beauty to behold. From the glistening waters of the Lake District, the vast stretches of

OUTDOORS GEAR FOR GIRLS | MY NEW CAP

Ah outdoors gear companies, you are finally taking the leap when it comes to outdoors gear for women. Some of you have been on it for years, of course, but others are only just catching up. Making men’s kit smaller and more pink just isn’t good enough. Some ladies love the pink gear, and that is

TOURING WITH THE QUECHUA ARPENAZ 4.1 TENT

At the end of our Zartusacan road trip last year we had to say a sad farewell to our old and trusty tent. After what must have been 20 years and hundreds of nights away it finally gave up; it was no longer waterproof and, let’s face it, was really quite holey. So we asked

ONE PAIR OF BOOTS FOR EVERY ACTIVITY | KEEN TERRADORA

When you are heading out for a day outside, how do you choose what to put on your feet? When packing for a road trip for which you have limited room in your bag, how do you pick the sole pair of shoes that will mean you can do anything you want to and be

FIND YOUR LOCAL GREENSPACE AND GETOUTSIDE

If you’ve been reading Splodz Blogz for any length of time you will know how I like to champion getting outside in your local area. I’ve said, more than once, that there are so many places to explore from your home or work front door – even if you live or work in the middle

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING. BUT NOT EVERYTHING.

You can do anything. But not everything. This is a piece of advice I’ve dished out more than once recently. It seems many of friends have been feeling overwhelmed and overtired with, well, life. People are bombarded from all directions; there are things we have to do and things we want to do, culminating in