The weather has been absolutely awful recently so it’s the perfect time to get a new jacket for the winter season. We do a lot of outdoor activities, regardless of the weather so I needed something to suit this lifestyle. I had been doing a fair bit of research to find THE one and came across the Quechua Forclaz 400 Women’s Waterproof Hiking Rain Jacket. If you are unaware of Quechua, they are a Decathlon brand. We own quite a…

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As a Cornishman, I thoroughly recommended the Cornish Coastpath trail in the infographic below! There’s the trail from Perranuthnoe to Porthleven, but from my experience of hiking around, you can make your route even better by extending it from Perranuthnoe. Later on, I’ll let you in on some personal preferences, when you head down towards Sennen or even Landsend. Although, as a general note, Cornish coastal paths are pretty muddy during the winter months, so be sure to be equipped…

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Over a year ago, I got my first pair of Teva boots (which you can read about here) and absolutely loved them. They’re one of my most warn pair of shoes, this is because of how amazingly light and comfortable they are and because of their high quality design and manufacturing. A year later and after lots of wear, they still look close to new and I’m still wearing them all the time. Now I’m a fully fledged fan of…

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  I’ve always been interested in BioLite Stoves; they’re very innovative and very different to other outdoor stoves on the market. I’m going to be reviewing the Biolite Campstove Two, this updated version of the original BioLite Stove has a 50% higher power output as well as new LED controls and improved control of its combustion. Inside the box you get the above contents: a stuff sack, FlexLight, fire starter, USB cord and instructions (don’t worry you wont need them,…

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  Hanwag (named after their founder Hans Wagner) are a small walking shoes company based near Munich in Germany. They’ve been around for almost 100 years and have been creating top quality shoes for outdoor enthusiasts. Hanwag want all of their shoes to have a great fit and be tough, rugged and durable. They do this by making all of their shoes out of the best materials available, using the traditional skills of the craft.   Hanwag Belorado Low GTX…

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During our summer European adventure, we decided that we would leave the cities behind us for just over a week and trek through the Slovakian High Tatras. The best way to really get into the mountains and explore the most of them is by trekking hut to hut. There are lots of tours that offer pre-arranged and organised guided and self-guided tours but we decided that we could do it…

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When we were backpacking this summer, we were travelling a lot (as you do) and we had to carry everything we had with us. We really wanted to pack as lightly as we could – this is pretty hard. Especially when travelling from the cold Fjords of Norway, through a lot of Europe, up and across the High Tatras, part of the Carpathian Mountain Range and the only place in Europe where real Sherpas still work! – to the scorching…

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We really wanted to experience the best of what the Peak District had to offer and decided that while staying at the Hayfield Caravanning and Camping site, we would head up to the highest point in the Peaks – Kinder Scout. After a bit of research to determine our route, we found the perfect one. This was a scramble up Red Brook Ravine, a good ascent between the River Kinder and the plateau above. This grade 1 scramble proved to…

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  When we were camping up in the Peak District recently, we went on many walks; one of the most memorable was definitely the Monsal Trail… So what is it? The Monsal Trail follows part of the route of the former Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midlands Junction Railway, which was built by the Midland Railway in 1863. It’s purpose was to link Manchester with London but unfortunately, the line was closed in 1968 by the Minister for Transport, Barbara Castle.…

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  With these trekking Tights, Fjallraven have combined the comfort and flexibility of leggings with the ruggedness and technical features and fabrics of serious trekking trousers. I’ve not seen this type of legwear before and think Fjallraven have definitely created something new with their Abisko Trekking Tights!   A couple of times I have seen men hiking on the coastal path and in the mountains wearing tights. They were more like sports base layer style tights than these meaty, durable…

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