To celebrate a massive 100 issues of BBC Countryfile Magazine, Heather, Maria and I made absolute goons of ourselves on the beach in a one-take video wonder filmed by Owen at Lagosta. How many summer cliches can you spot?
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
This post is in collaboration with North Face
My very talented mate Mary‘s latest music video is out and it’s a beaut, full of sunshine and seal spotting on the Cornish coast. Oh and I’m in it! Fame! Check it out now so you can boast about how you knew about her before she hits the big time.
My favourite outdoor film festival returns to British soil from this weekend. It’s the biggest adventure you can have without actually going anywhere.
Get inspired for a winter of adventure with the awesome new Adidas #openallwinter trailer, featuring skiing, cold-weather trail running, ice climbing and the very brave Hayley Ashburn slacklining 3,000 metres up a Dolomites peak in Italy. Adidas are also launching their new insulated Climaheat winter range, designed to keep you warm in extreme conditions. Watch out for my review, coming soon.
A great little video from the British Mountaineering Council on the right kit to pack for technical scrambling and climbing on the go.
Do you like to ride your bike? Are you a lady (or indeed a man) who enjoys wearing skirts? This video is about to change things forever. The best life hack ever, and all you need is a penny. Check out the awesome lasses behind the revolution at Penny In Yo Pants.
So much love for this video by my favourite wandering minstral, Mike Rosenberg. If you’re spending too much time in front of a computer and not enough in the summer sunshine, this is for you. Now please excuse me whilst I go and run around a field in my pants.
If the clocks going forward has filled you with as much unmitigated joy as it has me, you’ll love this great new campaign from The North Face. Watch this super-inspiring video and then share your experiences and win shiny prizes with their new Explorer app. Longer days are here – go out and grab them!
Huge outdoorsy love for Sigur Ros’s Hoppipolla video. Everyone should be like this when they get older.
Snowboarder Simon Andrews waxes lyrical over his favourite bit of kit, the GoPro Hero camera.
Pure unadulterated fresh air based bliss in one little music video: Keep your head up, by Ben Howard. Possibly the best waterslide in the world. I suggest watching it when you feel a little bit sad.
Having to surf in the biting cold is pretty much inevitable for riders in the UK, where freezing green waves, menacing grey skies and frostbitten fingers are more of the surf scene than tropical sands and hibiscus flowers.
The lovely Yeo Valley boys are BACK, this time with a whole song and some cuddly baby cows. If only real farmers looked this attractive in wellies and waxed jackets *sigh*.
Watch the first advert (there’s a really cute owl).
It’s a warm and sunny Indian summer afternoon in Soho and I am sitting in an air conditioned office. This is not ideal. Instead I will fantasise about practising these absolutely amazing bike moves courtesy of film director Ninian Doff. I am particularly enjoying the Royal Wave, the MGM Lion and the Cup of Tea. Lovely.
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 tale of drama, hope, love and wilderness.
You know the deal: the apocalypse has been and gone, the population has been decimated and now you must survive off grubs and the occasional squirrel in the woods. This is when hours watching Ray Mears and endless episodes of Lost pays off big time.
One of my favourite writers, the hilarious Tanya Gold, would not do well left to forage for herself – Bear Grylls she ain’t. Watch this video for The Guardian as a guide on how not to attempt to live off the land (although there is a half-decent explanation of how to skin a pheasant) and also because it is funny in a car crash kind of way.
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 bird, then snow is confusing white stuff that hides all your food, freezes your feet to your favourite branch and generally is to be avoided. Help out our feathered friends by making an eco-friendly birdfeeder using bits and pieces you’ll have in the house – it’s also a fantastic way to use up mushy or old apples.
Video edited by my fantastic housemate Florence Brockway, future documentary star and David Attenborough lookalike.
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.
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.