Outdoors

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

36 HOURS IN ORIGINAL SHREWSBURY

I consider myself pretty well travelled when it comes to the UK. We lived in several different towns as a family and holidayed in the UK (mostly camping). While I have also come to love travel abroad, I still enjoy short breaks and road trips here on our beautiful Island, and like to make an

CURRENTLY LOVING | JUNE 2017

As I get older I definitely see the benefit of experiences over things, and this is something I talk about quite a lot here on my blog and on my social media feeds. So you might wonder why I continue with my slightly irregular Currently Loving series, where I mainly feature material objects that make

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