Outdoors

Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

I woke up on this particular Thursday morning like a child waking on Christmas morning. Full of excitement and expectation on what the next few days would bring, I was ready to see scenery and features I had seen hundreds if not thousands of times in photographs. It was time to head into Yellowstone National

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

Some Notes on my Favourite Hiking Boots

I love trying new kit, and have been very fortunate since I started this blog to have been asked to test out a variety of outdoors related gear. Generally speaking, I try out a garment or pair of hiking boots for around a month before I write about it here on Splodz Blogz; I don’t believe

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

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 38 #SplodzWPC

We are moving fast into Autumn and so it is the season for muddy footpaths and jumping in puddles. So this week’s theme is particularly relevant…  Check out #SplodzWPC on Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Week 38 Theme: Muddy  I like to think that dirty hiking boots are happy hiking boots. What about you? And how about this for a muddy

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

Bring Back the Postcard! Review: Postsnap

Be honest. When was the last time you sent a postcard when you were away on holiday? How many years? Ten? I used to love receiving postcards in the mail from family, and still get them from my mum and dad when they go away, but in the age of online sharing and wifi everywhere it’s very

Thousands of Photos of Bees – Mayfields Lavender Farm

A couple of weekends ago we spent some time running up and down the lines of lavender at Mayfields Lavender, an organic lavender farm situated in the lovely North Surrey Hills. It’s not somewhere I’ve heard of before, in fact I thought all lavender in the UK was grown in Norfolk (!), but since I posted about it on Instagram

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

Fun Ways to Keep Fit

Oh man has my fitness suffered in the last six months. Yes, I’ve done some hikes here and there but generally speaking I’ve either been sat on my motorbike, sat on my office chair at work, or sat on my sofa at home. An awful lot of sitting. And slouching. So it is time to

Bear Lake and Milkshakes

The thing about road trips is that there will inevitably be days where the main aim is to eat up the miles and get closer to the next big destination. But in the spirit of life being all about the journey, we did our best to make sure we saw something cool even when we

Sunflowers and Conservation at Vine House Farm, Lincolnshire

Getting outdoors and enjoying the countryside doesn’t have to include well-planned adventures or super human endurance efforts. It can be a simple day out at a local farm, learning about their business and getting a look behind the scenes. Living in Lincolnshire I am surrounded by fields that make up some of the most important