During the Easter holidays, my girlfriend and I decided to take a trip up to Snowdonia in the North of Wales. Since getting into climbing we had seen countless photographs, articles in magazines and posters around the climbing centre which had inspired us. I had seen photographs and read up about the area, so was dying to go to this beautiful location. After some researching in books and the internet, I found this awesome looking hostel called Plas Curig,…

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  During our hike up to the top of Brown Willy, my girlfriend and I took our new Quechua Forclaz 40 Air Hiking Backpack with us to make sure we could carry the things we needed for a day’s trek. It really was the perfect accompaniment. I was so impressed with the packs great performance, features and price tag (under £30!) I thought I’d write a review of it.   Organisation This backpack is brilliant for organising all of your…

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    Hello everyone. It’s Vicky here (Mike’s girlfriend). I’ve popped up in quite a few articles recently, so thought it was about time I wrote something for you all from a girl’s perspective. So, here is goes: this afternoon Mike and I decided to hike up to Brown Willy. He’s lived in Cornwall his whole life and hadn’t yet been to this well known “landmark”. So today was the day. We parked in the allocated car park for Rough…

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    I’ve just bought an awesome pair of BOGS Classic Ultra High Wellington boots. I’ve written a review of them which which contains some cool photography that I took up on the North Cornwall Coastal Path. The boots are really great and I love them! You should read on to find out why… BOGS have been making wellingtons for well over a decade now; they started off by designing a boot to help dairy farmers keep safe on slippery…

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    I’ve got a few different skateboards, but have been after a longboard for ages; they’re super cool and I love the idea of cruising around on one. Unfortunately, by definition they’re pretty big and are priced accordingly. However, after years of looking longingly at them in skate shops all around, I have finally taken the plunge and bought one. My carefully chosen board is the Oxelo Bauhaus Bamboo Longboard. Read this review to see why I decided to…

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    You may have read about my trip to Salamanca last year, well this is a second post all about one particular visit to Salamanca’s famous Cathedral. There are in fact two cathedrals in Salamanca, the ‘Old Cathedral’ and the predictably named ‘New Cathedral’ (or in Spanish ‘Catedral Nueva’). What is pretty cool and convenient is that both of the cathedrals are connected, so when you visit them, you do so together.   Back in 12th and 13th century,…

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    For a healthy body, it is necessary to follow some sort of exercise regime. For this very reason, people get involved in different awesome outdoor activities. One of them which is comparatively easier to get into is hiking, this is because it requires little gear and can be done almost anywhere. If you have the enthusiasm to enjoy nature and have a pair of good athletic shoes, you can get started on your hiking adventure any time. If…

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  I’ve been in the market for a new waterproof jacket for a while now. It’s a really big decision, and I’ve done a lot of research and thinking about which one to get. I was after something that was super waterproof and breathable but also looked great, was thin, lightweight and would hold up against extreme elements. Not all of these qualities are easy to find in one jacket. After much searching, I managed to find a jacket that…

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  When do you think the fishing season is over? I thought mid-October had tolled the bell on the prime Cornish fishing season. After a couple of fruitless (fishless) attempts, my rod and reel had remained in the back of the van and was close to being hung up for the winter. However, I was speaking to my next door neighbour, who is a keen fisherman, when he told me that he had still been hooking in mackerel. I enquired…

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    My blog, this blog, the one you’re reading right now: Wild Tide – has been shortlisted for the GO Outdoors Independent Blog Awards 2015! Every year Go Outdoors celebrates the best of the best in the outdoor world as well as the big movers and shakers of the previous twelve months. One of the categories is the Independent Outdoor Blog Award, this is what I’ve been nominated for and it’s a great honour. The winner is voted for…

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