I’ve reviewed a lot of gear over the past years, and whilst I try to put new kit through the toughest situations possible (sometimes desperately hoping it’ll thunderstorm so I can get out in a new waterproof!) there’s nothing like the test of time to know if gear is really worth splashing your precious pennies on. These are my favourite long-term bits of kit.
Last weekend Charlie and I went on a very British adventure, cycling from the Malverns to the Wye Valley. We gatecrashed a cricket match, tagged along to an age-old summer festival and kipped in a bivvy bag by a beautiful lake. We also accidentally ate LOADS of flies.
Think making movies takes time, experience or fancy software? Think again. If you own a DSLR, a tripod and a couple of lenses you already have everything you need to find your inner videographer. I headed to the Forest of Dean with mountain biker Jake Ireland to create this beginner-friendly guide for Digitalcameraworld.com
Feeling a little bit saddle sore? Total Women’s Cycling have just finished a new video series of yoga moves specifically for biking that will show you how to keep flexible and strong – perfect for training during the chilly winter.
Want to give your jewellery box or your Christmas list some heart? Try an accessory from the beautiful Soko Loves Kenya collection. Their handcrafted pieces made from natural materials don’t just look good – they do good too, giving a fairer deal to the African artisans who make them.
My sports watching partner in crime (Leo) and I spent a delightful Monday at Wimbledon after Leo magically managed to procure us centre court tickets. We watched Serena Williams cry, Sabine Lisicki kick ass, Murray make grunting sounds and Djokovic give good lego hair. Oh, and we ate strawberries and drank far too much pink cava.
The gorgeous green valleys, unspoilt blue waters and postcard-pretty villages of The Lakes are bliss to ramble through on sunny weekends, and there are plenty of family-friendly holiday parks in the Lake District that are the perfect base to explore from. Here’s my pick of the nicest places to visit.
If you’ve ever fancied chalking up your fingers and teaching your body to defy gravity, watch inspiring UK champ Shauna Coxsey talk about her love of climbing, plus tips on warming up and improving your footwork, in these videos from Adidas’ All In campaign.
I started last year and am addicted, despite my constantly blistered fingers.
Spring is finally here! Dust down your flipflops, crack out the Pimms and get out in the garden – it may have been a little neglected during the dark days of winter but there’s nothing more satisfying than getting your hands dirty getting it into shape. Plant some spring flowers and head to local gardening centres and sites like www.mysmartbuy.com in search of the best new tools, then add some of this lovely lot of garden accessories for the finishing touch.
American photographer Russ McClintock has made a little collection of some of Britain’s most eccentric monikers for rose varieties. My favourites are Razzle Dazzle and Golden Oldie, but they are all very sweet (pun intended).
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 you have Spotify you can listen.