With views along the Avon valley from Bath to Bristol, an iron age hill fort, a horse racing course, a battle monument and wildlife sightings this turned out to be a superb and fascinating walk! Starting from the village of Upton Cheney my route took me down through fields and across a wooded stream to … Continue reading Country Walking at Lansdown, Bath
Going walking in the Autumn can provide an awesome visual experience with views of trees changing colour from green through to yellow and red. Bracken on the hillside becoming brown gives the fells a whole new look. On sunny days, with the nights drawing in, you can often see the countryside in the glow of … Continue reading Clothing Advice for Autumn Walking and Camping
If you've been out walking when the weather is mild but showery you'll know that keeping comfortable can be a bit awkward. If you keep your waterproofs on all the time you end up overheating, but then you don't want to get wet when it rains. This is where softshell jackets come in. During changeable, … Continue reading Softshell Jackets Advice
We are excited to announce that we are stocking a new range of parkas from the Swedish clothing company Didrickons. If you are looking for a stylish and practical winter coat then Didrickons' parkas are just what you need. Our range includes parkas for men, women, boys and girls so you can keep your whole … Continue reading Winter Parkas from Didricksons
Cnicht is fondly known as the "Matterhorn of Wales". This is due to its similarity, when viewed from Porthmadog, to the iconic alpine mountain of the same name. However, it was when I was hiking on Elidir Fawr that Cnicht caught my attention. When viewed from the north, the ridge like nature of Cnicht is … Continue reading Snowdonia Hiking – Cnicht
When you're out in the cold and wet its vital to keep warm. The warmest outdoor jackets use an insulation material sandwiched between a outer shell. Just like with sleeping bags, there are two main choices for insulation material. These are either down or synthetic. Both of these insulation materials loft up, trapping air voids … Continue reading ThermoBall Insulation from The North Face
So you're thinking of going on a trek and you've got to carry all you kit, and you're wondering if you've got the boots for the job? The following guide will give you some advice and show you what to look for when buying the right boots for backpacking. What is Backpacking? However, I'm getting … Continue reading Buying the Right Boots For Backpacking – A Guide
Would the Proclaimers be willing to walk 500 miles, if after half an hour their boots were rubbing and their soles had just come off right in the middle of a cold wet puddle? I doubt it! Especially as they knew they had to do 500 more! Joking aside, and it may seem the obvious … Continue reading Walking Footwear – Shoes, Mids and Boots
Some of us have a tent for every camping scenario. Our resident gear junkie Martyn had at last count 5 tents (maybe he's looking to open his own camping store!) If you go camping very regularly and have the money it makes sense to have tents each designed for specific purposes, e.g. wild camping, microadventures, … Continue reading All-Round Tents – A Guide to Choosing the Best!
In my previous blog post I discussed what it means to go wild camping. In this post I will look at the features which make an ideal wild camping tent. By choosing a suitable tent your wild camping experience or microadventure will be even more rewarding! Martyn, our resident expert on wild camping, and I … Continue reading What is the Best Wild Camping Tent?