Rebecca Lees Writer

Category Outdoor blogging

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 →

Local 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 →

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 →

The best of times, the worst of times

I’m sipping trigpoint tea and tucking into the last of the Christmas cake with a gorgeous group in Staffordshire. Hopeful spring sunshine is claiming victory over a stubborn March wind and daffodils peek out of hedgerows. When I’m not on… Continue Reading →

Raising girls – and boys – to mark International Women’s Day

I don’t have a sense of humour. I know this, because a guy on Instagram tells me so. I leave a line of rolly-eye emojis in the wake of his post about all women talking ‘shite’ and being unable to… Continue Reading →

Review: Love Leggings Energise 7/8 Sports Leggings

I’m running nine miles in the aftermath of Storm Dennis, clocking up a figure-of-eight route that swirls almost as crazily as the wind I’m battling into. I could have waited a few hours, the forecast set to clear, but I… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Scout Gore-tex hiking boots

There’s no white Christmas in Wales, just a gorgeously golden day that, of course, slides behind ominous Boxing Day clouds just as soon as I can get my boots on and get out properly. The boots in question are Haix… Continue Reading →

Reason to believe

“It’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than the last” – A Long December, Counting Crows     I’m crunching over endless white under endless blue, eyes half closed against the… Continue Reading →

Review: TOG24 Beamsley Waterproof Jacket

TOG24 Beamsley Women’s Waterproof Jacket, £100   My mission to wear less blue isn’t going so well. I’ve promised myself I’ll foray into warmer colours and here I am, with three new coats all in inescapable shades of sea. But… Continue Reading →

Review: Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex Jacket

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket, £450   I’m hiking 12 miles around Waterfall Country in a yellow weather warning. In addition to the rain (persistent), the spray from the seven falls forming the route is fierce. There’s no… Continue Reading →

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