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Review: Artilect Flatiron Long-Sleeved Merino Baselayer

Spring turns up with her usual false promise, luring us into golden beach days and coat-less walks before turning sharply and sinking from view. Greyness and rain close back in, summer clothes left dangling on newly-retrieved hangers and cosy socks… Continue Reading →

Books worth getting your boots on for

Winter is one of my favourite times for walking, with peaceful forests and misty ridges offering gentle respite from hours cooped up indoors. But if you’re a hibernator, the good news is that gentle signs of spring are starting to… Continue Reading →

New year’s saving graces

The new year comes peacefully, with no more drama than the last two years have brought. Without my boy to wake me at six, over Christmas I sleep a lot more than usual and walk surprisingly less. The rest is… Continue Reading →

The Healthy Christmas Gift Guide

My new favourite word, which I discover just in time for this chilly spell, is ‘friluftsliv’, which describes the Nordic fondness for getting outdoors, no matter the season. And if you love Christmas but you’re not so keen on the… Continue Reading →

Review: Vaude Mark L two-person backpacking tent

Have you been amongst those trying to buy a new tent this year? Sadly, 2021 has proved, for many, the year of the unhappy camper, with retailers running short of everything from tents to travel pots and pans as holidays… Continue Reading →

Paw prints on our hearts

The end, when it comes, has a perfect stillness. The vet and the nurse soothe Lionel with hushed, calming words and it’s done. He slides, supported, onto my knees, his long nose nestling into my hand, and the vet and… Continue Reading →

Head in the black clouds

The black cloud comes early, not waiting for the clocks to fall back, as is her custom, but settling on still-light evenings and grizzly-grey mornings. A cough takes hold and refuses to shift, whiplashing my bones and rattling through my… Continue Reading →

National Get Outside Day Giveaway!

I’m celebrating National Get Outside Day, and so are the lovely team at Spring PR! Ordnance Survey’s Get Outside Day takes place tomorrow (Sunday, September 26) and this year’s theme is ‘Be kind’ – to nature, to others and to… Continue Reading →

Recycle Week: Small steps to big changes

It’s Recycle Week, a brilliant opportunity to take stock of how we consume and re-use. Now in its 18th year, Recycle Now’s flagship event brings together retailers, governments, the media and – most importantly – us! And there’s plenty we… Continue Reading →

Review: Salomon Unisex Out Night 30+5 backpack

I’m fortunate to be frequently offered hiking and camping kit to review and, until now, my first question has been: Is the brand ethically sound? Increasingly, this is followed by: Do I really need it? Along with many outdoors bloggers… Continue Reading →

A mountain for the mind

I’m on top of the world, or, at least, higher than anyone else in Wales or England right now. I’m with two of my three favourite people under a searing sky, a spiral of walkers fanning out patiently below us…. Continue Reading →

Do you need hiking poles? (Yes, you do!)

If 2020 was all about the home workout and, before that, wearable tech and wild swimming, 2021 is shaping up to be the year of the hiking pole. A piece of kit that many walkers assume they can do without,… Continue Reading →

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