We are active outdoors people and have been fortunate to be invited to get behind the scenes of many outdoor suppliers, manufacturers and key story makers in the industry.

In this blog we will update you with some of those stories, about people, products or places which you may find entertaining and add to your coffee break!

If there's any juicy gossip to hear about, this is the place to find it!


1 February 2018  |  Admin

It always happens when you least expect it. After just an hour walking with the dog in the pouring rain last week, I peel off my expensive waterproof jacket to find I was soaked through. What had gone wrong? Then I realise I hadnít washed and reproofed it for ages.

If youíve made a significant outlay and invested in a great technical, waterproof jacket, you probably need to consider that, like any investment, you may need to spend a small amount of time maintaining its performance properties. It might be a chore, but itís worth it to know that the jacket/trousers will keep you dry out on the hill in all weathers. Failure is inconvenient when out with the dog for an hour, but potentially dangerous on a multi -day hike in the mountains!

9 October 2017  |  Admin

The Cotswold Way National Trail runs between Chipping Campden and Bath, the 102 mile route explores the Cotswolds AONB. The Cicerone Press guide describes the route in both directions over 13 stages, the Cotswold Way can be walked year round and is suitable for beginner trekkers. Includes separate OS 1:25,000 map booklet of the route in the guide.

Rose undertook this walk with her Springer Spaniel ĎPipí over a period of three weekends in a variety of weathers. Weekend 1 - Chipping Campden to Birdlip (camping at Hayes Fruit Farm), weekend 2 - Birdlip to Wootton Under Edge (camping at Thistledown Campsite) and weekend 3 - Wootton to Bath.

9 October 2017  |  Admin

The full review of gear carried and used during the 120 mile lightweight bivvy, tarp trip attempting to wild camp across Dartmoor and Exmoor.

In this video I open the rucksack the day I return and rummage through all the contents to review the used items and any I could have done without.

9 October 2017  |  Admin

Here it is. The full video of the Two Moors Way lightweight bivvy and tarp trip including mapping and scenes with a full explanation of the what happened and why.

Even more detail can be found on the 8 part audio podcast series.

All in all a great trip and I hope you enjoy the video.

Please check out the second video where I do a review of all the gear used.

9 October 2017  |  Admin

Any feeling of guilt I may have had when lying in that deep, deep bath laced with Lavender infused essence and other exotic herbal remedies soon evaporated as I listened to the rain pour non-stop throughout the night, stopping just in time for breakfast.

There was no rush now with only 18 miles to go, especially as I had to fit in another wild camp somewhere before the coast, so I took my time getting up, packing and then re-packing my now dry, gear, socks and undies before heading down for breakfast. The selection on offer easily matched the meals of yesterday so I was spoiled for choice. They really know how to make a guest feel welcome.

But the time had come to start meandering along the riverside path, so I headed out around 10 trying not to build my speed up to soon and keep below a gentle saunter.

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