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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

My Mothers’ Day gift guide for the outdoors mum

Forget flowers and chocolates*, spring is in the air and what your mum really wants this Mothers’ Day is to skip into the Great Outdoors (believe me, after a year of homeschooling and the shortest Dry January known to womankind,… Continue Reading →

Review:  Páramo Women’s Mirada Jacket

I’m channelling my inner Miranda Hart with a quick gallop around a soggy field. My claim to fame is that I share a birthday with the goddess of glee (I admit it’s not a great claim, as far as claims… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Black Eagle Adventure 2.2 trail shoes 

It’s easy to trip over the superlatives when testing outdoor kit, with every new shoe, backpack and eco tee initially seeming the best, the comfiest or the most waterproof EVER. In the interests of balance, I always trial new clothes… Continue Reading →

Review: AKU Trekker Pro GTX women’s boots

In the strangest of years, a 14-day spell of isolation ends, with precision, on the day that Wales locks down. While everyone I know stocks up to stay indoors, my backpack and boots are propped up, ready to go out…. Continue Reading →

Review: Why good kit is Páramo-unt

We’re in that seasonal interlude of autumnal days unable to decide between frosty mornings, driving drizzle and surprisingly sunny spells. If, like me, you’re in gloves and coat one minute and reaching for the sunglasses the next, it’s time to… 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 →

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