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Embracing Darker Evenings

With the ever darker nights and dropping temperatures it’s easy to pull the curtains closed, snuggle under a blanket and close the door to the outdoor lifestyle for a few months. After a busy, adventurous summer season, the darker evenings try to put a hold on so many of our favourite post work adventures. If you don’t want to accept it just yet, we’ve got you covered with our top tips for making the most of the darker winter months Light it up Take to your favourite crag  ...

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A day in the life of an Outdoor Instructor

Being an outdoor Instructor is an absolute privilege; we get to take young people into beautiful places and watch them learn and grow. We get to challenge them and give them an experience they will never forget. That’s the best bit anyway, you don’t often hear about the other parts of the day, week and year. Getting kids ready to go out, the kit cleaning and inspecting, the risk assessments and what ever else needs doing in that moment. We can talk about that later, for now lets  ...

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20 Things to do in the Brecon Beacons that aren’t Pen Y Fan

The Brecon Beacons. They’re lush and green and most people who visit focus on getting to the top of the rolling hills that we brits like to call mountains. It’s not just about the mountains though, there are plenty of places to visit and buckets of fun to be had without walking uphill for a few hours. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do that. In fact we’re great advocates of walking in beautiful places around here but should your legs get tired or the weather not  ...

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Ladies, Chill Out

There’s been a lot of ‘Women are so hard done by’ in the outdoors recently. Maybe it’s just the circles I’ve been electronically hanging out in, but it’s getting a little bit old. The thing is, we are equals in some respect, but when it comes to numbers, we’re under represented. That’s not the men’s fault. It’s not the outdoor brands fault that some women actually like to wear pink and purple kit or want ‘pretty  ...

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5 Best Long Distance Hikes in Wales

Wales has some of the most beautiful and dramatically changing scenery in the UK, second only to Scotland we think! If you’re looking for a challenge or an adventure with a difference, why not pack a bag with a tent and stove and take to the hills and valleys of Cymru. Get closer to nature, travel through little trodden spaces and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that it was your legs that got you there, with a bit of help from Jelly Babies of course! All of the routes pass through  ...

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15 ways to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn

The Autumn is our favourite time of year. The days get shorter (in a good way), the colours changing makes everywhere look stunning and the blankets and down jackets come out of hibernation. It really is the best time to get outside and get some fresh air before winter draws in and our adventure motivation is limited. Here’s our top 20 ways to make the most of everything autumn has to offer 1. Go foraging Toasted hazelnuts, sloe gin and blackberry and apple pies, the fruits of a  ...

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Sailing Kittiwake

Today we’re catching up with Elena from Sailing Kittiwake. She’s on a pretty awesome adventure and we wanted to hear all about it! Hi Elena, tell us a bit about yourself? My name’s Elena, I’m 29 and I’m from Italy. I live on a sailboat, a 26ft catamaran, together with my boyfriend Ryan. I’ve lived in the UK between London, Bournemouth, and Manchester for the past seven years, but now I’m travelling full-time. I’m a freelance content marketing consultant and copywriter, or a  ...

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Hiking the Pennine Way with Steven Rose

Hi Steven, would you mind introducing yourself to our readers? I am 61 years old and last year I took early retirement and moved to the East coast of Yorkshire from West Yorkshire with my wife. My main interest is long distance/fell walking and as a result of this I am a guide for HF Holidays and also for the RSPB. Yorkshire is a stunning part of the country, what an amazing place to retire! Do you have a long distance trail that stands out for you? I have over a 10 year period walked a  ...

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Cycling Scotland with Jayne Thompson

Hi Jayne, Would you introduce yourself to our readers? My name is Jayne, I live in Wimbledon and I have been a software developer for the last 10 years. I’m currently semi-retired, having quit my job back in May to go on a solo 12 week bikepacking tour of the Scottish Hebrides. I love to challenge myself and enjoy hiking, running and cycling; basically anything that gets me outdoors and away from a computer screen. I’m also a bit of a bookworm and am addicted to reading about  ...

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Balancing channel swimming and motherhood with Beth French

If you’ve ever felt like adventures are for someone one else, the elite or wealthy and healthy then this one is for you! We interviewed Beth French and we promise you’ll be inspired by her story. Hi Beth! Why don’t you introduce yourself? I’m Beth french, a self employed single mum who home schools her autistic son from somerset. After recovering from ME, having been reduced to a wheelchair when i was 17, i studied natural health practices around the world- Lomi lomi in  ...

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