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WATERPROOFING MYSELF FOR HIKING

Recently I seem to be in the habit of choosing the wettest of wet days to go hiking. And camping. I mean, this year alone I’ve done Kinder, Lancashire, and the Yorkshire Three Peaks in absolutely terrible rain. A lot of people say “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad kit” or

PAINTBALL AT CENTER PARCS

We have been going to Center Parcs nearly every other year for quite a few years. The main reason is that it is a great place for families and friends who live far apart to come together for a week of socialising and fun. It is a bonus to me that I can use the

AT HOME ADVENTURE AT LOCAL NATURE RESERVES

I have always been a huge advocate of exploring nature’s spaces close to where I live. While I do enjoy travelling far and wide to enjoy the great outdoors at the top of mountains or on multi-day adventures, I still consider myself an “at home outdoors lover”, someone who absolutely sees the benefit of getting

A WANDER INSIDE WHITE SCAR CAVE

Sometimes it’s good to be a tourist, and LincsGeek and I used our night in The Royal Hotel, Kirkby Lonsdale to do just that. Having walked the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail the previous day, we decided to head underground and explore one of the many caves close to Ingleton. There are two main ones advertised –

THE DAILY PHOTO CHALLENGE MEETS ONE HOUR OUTSIDE

My campaign to get you all spending more time outside continues in June with the third iteration of my One Hour Outside challenge. With that in mind, I thought we’d do something slightly different for this month’s daily photo challenge… Instead of setting you a different theme every day for June, as we’ve been doing for the first

A NIGHT IN THE ROYAL HOTEL, KIRKBY LONSDALE

This year for me seems to be all about the short break here in the UK. Long weekends and midweek stays on campsites and in hotels are a great way to explore your own country, the perfect way to get away and enjoy a holiday without being too expensive on time or money. One of

ONE HOUR OUTSIDE | JUNE 2017

Back at the end of September, when I was sat at Ordnance Survey HQ being properly introduced to the geeky world of map making (read about my visit), I almost spat my tea out when I was told that a huge number of people will not walk if it will take them more than 15

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