All the delights of the Dorset coast: cosy canvas woodland homes, foraging for seaweed and cuppas on the beach with the lovely lot at Dorset Tea.
Lucky enough to have a Glasto ticket? Planning on moshing at Reading or Leeds? Taking the sedate path at a family-friendly shindig? Wherever you are heading, take heed of my definitive festival packing guide which I have compiled from the front line (a muddy field).
Yoga is just posh stretching, right? I definitely thought thus before signing up to a class to try to solve my climbing-induced backache. Two years later and I’m totally hooked, to the point that I get nervous if I can’t factor a few Hatha sessions into my week. Yoga is calming, strengthening AND you get a little lie down at the end, and I’ve gone from barely being able to touch my toes to mastering a headstand on the open sea. If I can do it, so can you.
Long summer evenings were made for little adventures. It’s time to stop seeing the working week as something to get through, (‘Hump Day’: ICK) and learn to savour hours of balmy sunshine. Tick off some of my favourite outdoor escapes and I promise you you’ll see week days in a whole new light.
In need of some vitamin-Sea? Grab your board and head to glorious Cornwall. Golden shorelines and great swell are synonymous with England’s furthest-flung county – and to help you choose which Cornish beaches you should visit during your next aquatic adventure, the team at stayincornwall.co.uk have given me their rundown of the best beaches for surfing in Cornwall.
I’ve got big love for this incredible little island, a cultural and historical hodgepodge of beautiful places to swim, hike and explore. Plus, Sicilians eat ice-cream for breakfast.
Abergavenny to Hay on Wye and back with the dream cycling team. We took pony selfies, conquered the Gospel Pass and ate our weight in jelly babies.
Just FYI, I love it when people suggest ideas for new blog posts. So with thanks to Jessica Renz, here’s some tips on to look passably normal in the great outdoors, even if you’re spending a week under canvas in the wilds or throwing some shapes at a grungy festival.
This weather is insane, isn’t it? I hope you are all brown by now. Since all I want to do is be outdoors, preferably with a pork pie, I’ve put together my favourite picnic picks, including stylish stuff, recipes and my ultimate al-fresco beauty spots.
Hey! Do you like my shorts? They’re from awesome Australian surf brand Afends, who are offering you lovely lot 20% off all their collection of summery staples and coastal-inspired togs. Just use the code BLOG20 when you check out. Happy Friday!
P.s I suck at slacklining, but the joy of still photography is that NO-ONE NEED EVER KNOW!
Sticking my oar in with a row on the glorious Welsh coast. My arms hurt a lot but I think I’m addicted.
Another year, another mad birthday in the woods with my friends. This year we rented the rather wonderful Tanners Hatch in Surrey and played woodland olympics, climbed very tall trees, drank a lot of Fortey’s Homemade Gin (™) and walked up Box Hill with terrible hangovers.
Let The North Face inspire you to get outdoors this summer with new campaign ‘The Power In Me’. Three intrepid individuals share how they escape into the wilderness, from attempting Everest to just escaping the city for a 5 to 9 adventure. This is how to #NeverStopExploring. Watch the full stories at thenorthfacejournal.com
Sponsored by The North Face.
Hooked on Poldark? Me too. And last week I spent a swashbuckling few days hunting out the gorgeous filming locations from the show on the Cornish coast with photographer Jacob Little. We galloped on the moors, explored windswept cliffs and swam in secret coves, Aidan Turner style.
My favourite spring surf kit, the best British beaches to learn to catch waves on and where to escape to on an exotic surfari this summer. Salty hair, don’t care!
Engelbert Strauss make durable and comfortable work and outdoor clothing that’s less for lumberjack-wannabes like me and more for, you know, actual lumberjacks. Anyway, they stock brilliant cotton staples and rugged footwear at very nice prices. Even better, most of the designs are unisex – no pastel colours in sight!
Lexie is strong, Lexie is beautiful, Lexie is always ready to hit the road with me and have an adventure. Oh, and Lexie is my bike.
Up epic hills, down coastal paths, falling over a lot into bogs – I love trail running, but it takes tough gear to withstand an outing into the wild. Here’s my favourite tried-and-tested rugged kit for getting off the tarmac and into the great outdoors.
Exploring a beautiful and slightly eerie old quarry pool hidden in a pocket of southern Snowdonia, complete with secret Hobbit tunnels and incredible views over Cardigan Bay.