Where I Wear My Coat

Back in November the lovely people at Blacks (I say lovely and mean it, they’re always so helpful in there, not in a pushy “I must make a sale” kind of way, but rather in a knowledgeable “love to get outside” kind of way), sent me a new waterproof jacket with one simple request –

Walking from Beaulieu to Buckler’s Hard

Earlier this month I headed down to Southampton for tea. I do this at least a couple of times a year because, well, sometimes keeping in touch on the internet is just not good enough and you have to see friends in person. Rather than heading down just in time for dinner, I got up

Top Advice for Happy Feet – Become a Sock Snob

Whenever I am asked what my absolute top piece of advice is for those wishing to get outside more, I always say – “wear good socks”. Whether you want to go on a day hike or two, start a self-powered commute (walking or cycling), or simply want to spend more time out and about, the

This is NOT Okay | Poo on the Viking Way

Getting outside for me is as much about exploring the trails close to where I live on a Saturday morning as it is about travelling further away for more organised or planned adventures. It’s just good to spend time at home, and I feel it is important to make an effort to get to know

The Binbrook Loop, Lincolnshire Wolds

Lincolnshire is often overlooked when people are looking for decent hiking, what with our seemingly flat and featureless countryside. But as I’ve mentioned before here on Splodz Blogz, Lincolnshire has some great footpaths and bridleways through some stunning countryside and beautiful villages – it is a great place to hike. And while the Fens may

Climb Snowdon

The main activity when we headed over to Snowdonia for the Outdoor Bloggers weekend this year was to climb Snowdon. At 1,085 metres (3560 feet), Snowdon (or Yr Wyddfa to use its local name) is one of the three highest mountains in the UK, and is very popular thanks to both the beauty of the surroundings

One Hour Outside November 2016 | Week 2 Update

Two weeks into November already – the time is FLYING by! I’ve been very fortunate to have a week off work this week, which has given me the freedom to take my One Hour Outside challenge a little further afield. But we’ve also had some horrible weather here – it’s turned very cold and has been quite

Review: Hi-Tec Equilibrio Bellini Low I Waterproof

Do you have a pair of “will do anything” shoes by your front door that you can slip on any day of the week and for pretty much any activity? Well that’s what these Hi-Tec Equilibrio walking shoes have become for me; that pair of shoes that acts as a “catch all” – jobs in the garden, walks on

Review: Merrell Moab FST Gore-tex Walking Shoes

I recently received a pair of the new Merrell Moab FST walking shoes to try out. They arrived at a particularly good time. I decided at the end of our road trip over in North America that I should really replace my KEEN Bryce hiking shoes. In the four years I have had them I

A Wet Walk in Dovedale

After a few weeks of sunshine here in the UK it was kind of inevitable that the day I’d booked to go on a guided walk would be the day the rain decided to show. I’d been invited to attend a free guided walk over in Dovedale, Derbyshire and thought it looked fun. I’ve not been on

A Casual Walk Up at the O2

Seeing a city from as high up as possible is definitely becoming a tradition in tourist attractions these days. New York has the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock, and London has the Eye and the Shard. There is definite beauty in feeling like you are stood above everything else, looking down at tiny

The Character of the Yorkshire Three Peaks

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a challenge hike in which walkers take on Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours. It is a reasonably challenging 24/25 mile day hike that offers a variety of terrain and some wonderful views across the Ribble valley. I’ve written about my two experiences of completing the