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Category Walking Trails

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 →

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 →

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 →

Review: Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket

Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket, £60    Lionel and I are having a stand-off. He likes to think he has the smartest coat in the village but, in my new waterproof jacket, I’m giving him a serious run in the… Continue Reading →

Review: Sundried Eco Tech tee

I’m road testing Sundried’s Eco Tech® women’s fitness top, ‘road’ being the operative word as I up my running game. The claim is that it’s perfect for all manner of sports and workouts, from running and cycling to the gym… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango F10 Hut 45L rucksack

This new rucksack has a lot to live up to, I think as I pack for a night in the hills. I’m rather partial to the 35L daypack I’ve been wearing thin for the last five years, to the point… Continue Reading →

The Reading Room, Cambrian Escapes

Time slows in the Tywi Valley. Houses scatter, phones lose signal and more than once I’ve switched off the engine, mid-tarmac, to patiently wait for a mama sheep and her babies to stagger up from a sun-soaked doze and move… Continue Reading →

Review: Hydro Flask vacuum insulated bottle

Summer slips into September; it seems only a few short weeks since I watched a shimmering solstice from a quiet beacon, yet somehow the equinox is almost here. Sunrises sharpen, leaves gently crispen and I wistfully pack away the light… Continue Reading →

Review: LifeStraw water bottle filter adapter

Loyal readers and random visitors (hello, you’re welcome) may have noticed I’ve spent the summer on something of a mission; to complete my kit bag. The essentials have long been there – layers, waterproofs, first aid kits (human and hound),… Continue Reading →

Glamping in the Afan Valley, Pt II

I’m lying in bed in the T5, looking wistfully through the window at a gorgeous camping hut bathed in late evening sunshine. Lionel is lying on his bed, looking wistfully up at me. Lionel is in the dog house and… Continue Reading →

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