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INGLETON WATERFALLS TRAIL

The Yorkshire Dales are awash with rolling hills and beautiful walking routes, so many that you could live there for years and still not discover them all. But if you have time for just one walk when you are in the area, you would do well to head to the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, a well

REVIEW | NEW HIGH PRO SHIELD CASE FOR iPHONE

You may be surprised to learn that I don’t like to have a big thick waterproof and rugged case on my phone all the time. They are super handy for when I’m doing fun outdoorsy things at the weekend, but they are too cumbersome for a normal day in the office. But I still need

CHOOSING WALKING SHOES

Anyone who has ever wanted a new pair of walking shoes, or in fact any kind of shoes, will know that the decision on which to buy is not made very easy thanks to the sheer volume of styles and designs available. And with walking shoes in particular, you need to consider a lot more

50 THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER

I love this time of year. It has so much potential for adventure at home and away – it’s warm (ish!), dry (ish), and just feels like there is more time in the day to spend at least some of it outside. But sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas when you spend so

PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM

We headed down to Surrey for a family wedding, and as I don’t like to leave an area without seeing at least something of where we were staying, I googled “things to do near Cobham”. Painshill Park, and more specifically the Crystal Grotto, came up in every search I did, and so we headed there

GRUFFALO HUNTING AT SHERWOOD PINES

After my blog post about the Peter Rabbit trail at Langdon in Essex, quite a number of you got in touch to say I really must try The Gruffalo Trail if I can find one near me. Well I did. I headed over to Sherwood Pines (also great for mountain biking and Go Ape) during

AXE THROWING AT TULLEY’S FARM

My bucket list grows every time I open twitter. I see what other people have been up to and am inevitably taken by whatever it is. Axe throwing is one of those things I spotted someone else I follow do, probably two years ago now, and it just looked like so much fun. And thankfully

#SPLODZMAYPC | DAILY PHOTO CHALLENGE FOR MAY

Can you believe we’re about to head into May. This year is totally FLYING! I think I must be getting old. You seem to be enjoying my daily photo challenge themes, so here we go with a new set for a new month…  It’s been awesome to see how you’ve taken the themes and made them your own,

TREE TOP ADVENTURE AT GO APE RIVINGTON

Spending time outdoors is my favourite thing to do at the weekend, but what I do when I’m outdoors involves all kinds of different activities. I recently spent the afternoon at Go Ape in Rivington, one of the popular tree top adventure courses that have cropped up all over the UK (and in fact abroad,

STAYING SAFE OUTDOORS | MOUNTAIN RESCUE ENGLAND & WALES

One of the highlights of our camping weekend with VARTA (read about the very wet weekend here) was a presentation by Julian from the Bowland Pennine branch of Mountain Rescue England and Wales about the work they do as well as some important tips on staying safe outdoors. Hiking in Yorkshire. Mountain Rescue England and

FINDING MY NATURE WITH MERRELL

What does My Nature mean to you? For me, my nature is everything I see when I am outside. Or, when I am inside looking out. The fields, the hills, the mountains, the sky, the wildlife, the flowers, the sea – especially the sea. It’s the weather, whatever it chooses to do, the colours, the

A CHARACTER BUILDING CAMPING WEEKEND WITH VARTA

Character building. I use this phrase quite a lot. It’s a phrase that attempts, sometimes in vain, to put a positive spin on circumstances that might otherwise make me cry. You know, when the situation you are in is making life in that moment incredibly difficult. This post is a report of what was indeed a