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Rebecca Lees Writer

(Half) marathon effort for lockdown: round II

We’re back in lockdown. After 72 days of relative freedom, I slowly, mechanically brace. Round two is like round one, but without the Dunkirk spirit and the Stronger Together hashtag. We’re not together; we’re segregated now by local lockdowns, some… Continue Reading →

Quiet walks: Caerau hillfort, Rhiwsaeson, Pontypridd

With lockdown restrictions lifted, we’re now able to get further afield to explore our wonderful countryside – hooray!   But unless you pack a smidge o’ imagination in your kitbag, you’ll find yourself crawling along the same motorway-like paths to… Continue Reading →

Eight essentials for your hiking backpack

The hills are alive with the sound of people enjoying themselves. After nearly four months of staying close to home in Wales, it’s joyful to be able to get into the mountains again and see solo hikers, couples and families… Continue Reading →

Review: Klean Kanteen insulated bottle & ChicoBag

For someone with little dress sense and a habit of packing odd flip-flops for a day at the beach, I’m rather more discerning when it comes to my outdoor accessories. When gifted a Klean Kanteen bottle and asked to choose… Continue Reading →

Keeping life simple as lockdown lifts

It’s National Simplicity Day, an invitation to slow down and reflect. That it comes after 111 days of slowness and reflection, just as the world is slinking its way out of lockdown, is just the kind of punchline 2020 keeps… Continue Reading →

The longest days

I’m strolling, at a suitable distance, with friends through woods dappling under bursts of sunlight. We’re approaching the longest day and this is one of a flurry of local walks snappily arranged as soon as Mark Drakeford says it’s ok…. Continue Reading →

Stronger together… but only for some

I reach Pontypridd, just where the A470 splices the town between Sainsbury’s and the university, before I’m aware of the tears. I’ve driven from Merthyr and the crying could have started at any point along a usually busy carriageway fallen… Continue Reading →

Quiet walks: The Cariad Stones, Llantrisant Forest

It’s still a case of ‘local walks’ only in Wales, with restrictions very much against driving to favourite beauty spots for our daily exercise. But that’s ok, because – it’s Wales! and we’re spoiled with hidden beauty spots right on… Continue Reading →

Lockdown classics you might have missed 

Finally, permission to do nothing. Well, my version of doing nothing, which is to spend more hours each week than I can usually spare in a month reading books. Lockdown has found me in the garden, warm under the sun… Continue Reading →

Love in a corona climate

I’m on a virtual date. It’s exactly the same as a standard date, just with a slight gap of 11 miles between us. With some of the dates I’ve endured in the past, 11 miles would be a little too… Continue Reading →

Review: Wild Running, Britain’s 200 Greatest Trail Runs

I’m running over Dinas Head, a cyan ocean sparkling below and the endless sands of Newport enticing in the distance. Not really, of course, because we’re in the middle of lockdown and I haven’t been further than two miles from… Continue Reading →

Orange is the new blue for this OS champ!

In these pretty dark times, I can finally share the ‘bright’ news I’ve been sitting on for weeks – I’m donning my finest orange to join the ranks of Ordnance Survey’s amazing Get Outside Champions!   I’m proud and privileged… Continue Reading →

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