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Solo camping for the soul

I walk on a record-breakingly hot day into the sun, the table-top ridge of Fan Hir and Brycheiniog silhouetting my destination. The upland slopes are still sloshy in spite of the lingering dry spell and I know I’m home, high… Continue Reading →

Review: AKU Selvatica trail shoes

I’m on my first trail run and it’s not going well. I’m running through Fforest Fawr, the lush woodland backdrop to the fairytale Castell Coch. The wood is in full summer flourish and I think it might be enchanted. I’m… Continue Reading →

Review: Willow Springs Campsite, Afan Valley

I’m cwtched under a duvet in a wooden chalet on wheels. It’s blowing an unseasonal hoolie, warm 50mph gusts buffeting the hut and whistling into the fading embers of a log fire. Late evening light glows through the curtains and… Continue Reading →

Review: Shine shampoo bar

Another weekend, another campsite, and the showers are wonderfully hot but without that camping-shower essential – a little shelf for the washing necessities. But that’s ok because my Shine shampoo tin is just the perfect size to balance on a… Continue Reading →

Peaks of perfection on charity challenge

I’m scrabbling up loose rock on the eastern flank of Snowdon. It’s raining sideways and everything’s grey – not because it’s 5.30am but because it’s one of the 348 mornings of the year in Wales when everything just is. I’ve… Continue Reading →

To last dates and slow waits

I have a final fling with Bumble and delete the app. My last date is winningly handsome, attentive and articulate. And, oh yes, a dedicated love-bomber. He all too rapidly develops a habit of texting late in the evening, seductively… Continue Reading →

Review: Happy Footner feet!

You know how Madonna’s hands give her age away? Well, I’ve got Madonna hands, for sure. All my life I’ve been taken for younger than I am – I was still getting asked for ID in my 30s – until… Continue Reading →

Review: Rhandirmwyn campsite, Llandovery

We’re heading to the only place in Wales that the teens don’t mind being without wifi. It’s Easter, which is synonymous with Rhandirmwyn, our favourite hideaway campsite deep in Carmarthenshire; so deep, it’s nearly in Ceredigion. I’ve actually heard of… Continue Reading →

Finding my Kinder spirits

Main photo: Tony Evans   I’m on a hill, hands map-free, blissfully unsure of where we’re going. I have a map with me, of course, deep inside a rucksack pocket. It’s cheerfully vintage, having belonged to my lovely late father-in-law,… Continue Reading →

Hope springs

The evenings lengthen and we all breathe out, the fog of winter wrapping itself away until the clocks next fall back. The light-finding books remain comfortingly close to my bed, a second copy of The Light in the Dark dispatched… Continue Reading →

Review: Gwern Gof Isaf campsite, Snowdonia

Unless you’re one of those hardy wild campers who’s just spent a harsh February perched on Striding Edge in a bivvy, drumroll… the camping season is about to begin! I regularly research bivvies and think about being a hardy wild… Continue Reading →

The gap between the two trapezes

Valentine’s Day gently passes and I’m in the gap between the two trapezes; not quite in a relationship, not quite single. My feed fills with smiling couples drinking champagne and on mountains – often at the same time – and… Continue Reading →

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