Two weeks in Nova Scotia are not enough. The Maritimes are a gorgeous patchwork of apple trees, wooden slat houses in pastel yellows and blues and cold, empty lakes fringed with dark pine trees. Oh, and gooooood pie. Actually, two…

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Okay, so it’s a guide for kids, but I don’t care – today The Guardian teaches you how to draw adorable cartoon foxes in 9 easy peasy steps. Brilliant.

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The Girl Outdoors has been a bit quiet recently, mainly because the only downfall of actually being out and about outdoors is a lack of internet connection on remote beaches or in pineforests. Now that I am back in civilization…

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Shoe company Cushe sent me a gorgeous fuzzy pair of IT boot cuffs for me to kick about in. As the company is big on sustainability, comfort, and a chilled-out surf vibe, all stuff I like, I was more then…

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The Painted Lady, the Red Admiral and the Grizzled Skipper may sound like characters from a sea-farin’ fairy tale, but they are actually the common names of three of the UK’s 50 varieties of butterfly. Each year, the first brightly…

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My beautiful new green Resolve jacket (£64.99), courtesy of the fabulous people at Webtogs, came with me to Glastonbury last week, where we both managed to have a pretty fabulous time despite the rain. As the weather was horrible for…

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Amongst the mud, fast food and excitable indie bands at Glastonbury there is a lot of beautiful stuff, which I attempted to take pictures of (when I wasn´t queuing for the toilets, drinking copious amounts of Brothers Festival cider and/or…

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I’m heading to Glastonbury next week, and am so excited I’m a bit worried I’m going to burn out before I even get there. The amount of bands I want to see and muddy dancing I want to do means…

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The mantra that “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun” is common lore amongst surfers, and whilst this might sound pretty unbelievable to a surf virgin attempting to paddle out from the shore, surrounded by…

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I absolutely, utterly and completely love surfing. I should quickly make it clear that this does not mean I am GOOD at surfing: I spend most of my time flailing in the shallows or getting hit on the head by…

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Last weekend I headed to Rest Bay for a surfing session in the cold cold Welsh sea. Besides catching a few waves I also tested out my lovely stripy new pair of Keen Venice sandals (which cost £62.99 from the…

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Absolutely beautiful show on BBC Iplayer at the moment: Alice Roberts swims in empty lochs, freezing rivers and underground lagoons, interspaced with water-based poetry in this beautiful one-off show. As a huge fan of river swimming I am mega jealous.

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It’s been a few weeks since a crack team of 13 of outdoor enthusiasts decided to take on the mighty Snowdon. I swear my legs still ache.

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Last weekend a gang of 13 of us packed into some small, unreliable cars and drove from Cardiff to Snowdon. Watch out for a proper post on how much my buttocks ached after scaling the peak, coming soon! However the…

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My new online style crush is up-and-coming website Log Cabin Style, where “fashion, adventure and nature” live under one little wooden roof. Their nature inspired printed tees featuring rabbits, deer and birds are perfect for spring picnics and rambles. I…

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Missed out on Glastonbury tickets? Or feeling the pinch and want the outdoors experience for less? These beauties are the finest fests in the land, all for under 100 squids, chosen and (on the whole) personally experienced by me. Book…

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Need some inspiration to get fit and get outdoors? Read my interview with the incredibly inspiring injured soldier who proved the doctors wrong – not only by walking again, but by trekking all the way to the North Pole for…

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I am definitely not the most chic person in the world – I can’t walk in heels, hair accessories scare me and I’d rather wear a fleece than Fendi. But even I want to wax lyrical about Mulberry’s new fashionable…

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My last backpack finally gave up the ghost a few months ago, leaving me and my stuff feeling unprotected and alone. So I was very excited about my lovely new The North Face Borealis 30 L Daypack, which sells at…

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If you are getting desperate waiting for the bluebells, a sure sign of the advent of spring, The National Trust has published this guide to snowdrop spotting.

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One of my favourite things in the whole world: cycling along a canal to a field full of clover, lying down and watching the clouds drift, sharing an MP3 player with someone else and listening to any of these. If…

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I really really really want to do this:

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This is what happens when you take three mates (one of whom has IMovie and a great desire to avoid doing revision) and go on this walk to the waterfalls at Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons national park. An epic…

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It is very very cold in our house, as we are poor students who skimp on electricity bills and we live in Wales, not best known for its sunshiney weather. For this reason, I spend most of my time in…

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A few weeks ago my lovely friend Gregory and I drove down to Kimmerage to do some David Attenborough-style exploring, collect fossils and get some (very chilly) sea air.

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The Brecon Beacons is branded as ‘one of Britain’s breathing spaces’. As the Park Authority releases its new plan to promote the sustainable management of resources over the next 20 years, The Girl Outdoors looks at how the Park, which…

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The first in a series of posts on the beautiful Brecon Beacons, here’s Countryfile’s fantastic guide to the stunning waterfalls at Ystradfellte. My friends and I walked them all last month – a perfect Sunday trek through mossy woods and…

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The snow is abating round these parts, but if you are up north or dreaming of the next snow day I suggest you take my crash course in igloo-building.

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And now to the beautiful and relentless icy enveloping the British Isles. The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings across most of the country, and news is pouring in of closed airports, stranded motorists, temperatures as low as -20…

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Snow is brilliant, I think you will agree, when you are on a country walk that you know will end with a glass of mulled wine by a fire in a cosy country pub. If, however, you are a small…

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Guest blogger Charlotte Clark on the delights and perils of rock climbing.

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It’s not all fat old men in muddy wellies, as this amazing advertisment from the creative types at Yeo Valley attests. Watch for tips on how to wear your Barbour. Oh, and the pure hilarity of tractor hydraulics.

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New figures demonstrate that, despite the Hunting Act now having been in force since 2005, fox hunting convictions are rising yearly, with 57 people found guilty in 2009, compared to just 5 in 2006. Although animal welfare groups welcome notice…

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How to assemble an eco-friendly biodegradable paper sky lantern, an alternative to wire models which can be harmful to livestock. Video created by me and my lovely housemates.

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A little round up of places to wander and things to do this autumn.

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This weekend I decided to practise what I preached earlier on in this blog by going out foraging, also known as ‘seeing what wild goodies I can collect to feed myself with’. Foraging scares a lot of people – it…

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My housemate Leo and I went on a little impromptu cycle ride last week along the Taff Trail, which runs from Cardiff Bay to Brecon for 55miles. After a more paltry 8 miles, we ended up at Castle Coch, a…

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I love my bike. A whole lot. His name is Walter and he’s worth absolutely nothing, but I think I would need therapy if something happening to him. I was given Walter (he’s a Raleigh, get it?) by a friend…

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