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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  Vicky and I both had a week off last month and were after somewhere in the UK to do some walking and scrambling. After having climbed all of the big 13 in Snowdonia and having ridge walked in the snow in the Lake District we thought it would be great to go somewhere else. Scotland is somewhere we are super keen to go but we need at least a fortnight to get the most out of the mountains up…

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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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  Nite Ize have 3 different torches in their 3-in-1 range. These are the Nite Ize 3-in-1 LED Flashlight, Nite Ize 3-in-1 LED Flashstick and Nite Ize 3-in-1 LED Mini Flashlight. It can be hard to choose between them online as they all look fairly similar and it’s hard to unpick how many lumens you need and how big or bright a torch really is. It was because of this that I decided to write this useful review and do…

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  During packing for my long distance, fast walk of the Cornish North Coastal Path (the North Coast of Cornwall in six days), I had to think quite a lot about the gear I’d be taking. In particular, I had to consider how to keep the weight as low as possible. Even though gram counting doesn’t sound very cool, you’re going to have to lift every excess gram you bring, with every step. During our walk, we passed 60,000 steps…

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  Helly Hansen HP Fleece Jacket Review For our hike along the North Cornish Coastline, I bought some new clothing for the trip. As the trek was quite intense and involved walking over 140 miles of pretty severe terrain over just six days, I wanted some kit that was really going to help. I’ve worn Helly Hansen clothing during mountain walking in the past and have always found it really good gear. As part of our plan we had also…

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  Hopefully you’ve already read all about my adventure walking the entire North Coast of Cornwall on the Coastal Path in just six days (if you haven’t then you need to click here!). What was great about this trip was that I was not only able to see every inch of the North Coast of Cornwall, whilst simultaneously abusing my own legs, but was also able to test out some exciting new outdoor gear at the same time. The physical…

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  Day Six St Ives – Lands End Via Zennor Head, Gurnard’s Head, Pendeen Watch, Cape Cornwall and Sennen Cove. 24 Miles / 38.6 Kilometres 54,770 Steps Start Time: 9:30 End Time: 18:30 Total time: 9 hours Average speed (including all stops): 2.67mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     The final day! Wahoo! We were stoked to be on the last leg. We had 24 miles left to complete the whole of the North Coast of…

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  Day Five Perranporth – St Ives Via St Agnes, Chapel Porth, Porthtowan, Portreath, Godrevy Point, Gwithian, Hayle and Lelant. 30.2 Miles / 48.6 Kilometres 60,273 Steps Start Time: 9:00 End Time: 18:10 Total time: 8hrs 10mins Average speed (including all stops): 3.7mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     Today was going to be an epic journey. Just the sound of it sounded long and daunting – Perranporth to St Ives. That’s a fair old distance…

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  Day Four Trevone Beach – Perranporth Via Treyarnon Bay, Porthcothan, Mawgan Porth, Watergate Bay, Newquay, Crantock, Porth Joke and Holywell. 30 Miles / 48.2 Kilometres 54,386 Steps Start Time: 9:00 End Time: 17:00 Total time: 8 hours Average speed (including all stops): 3.75mph Click here to read about the whole trip.     Day four was the first of two big days. As this stretch from Trevone beach (aka Trev-one or Trev1) to Perranporth was considerably flatter than the…

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