Lovely bits of kit!

June 13, 2014 § 1 Reply

More things that I, like, totally dig. A little roundup of awesome gadgets, useful gizmos and things that are just downright pretty that I’ve been fangirling over recently.

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Summer dressing for lazy girls

May 28, 2014 § 2 Replies

Hello sunshine! Here’s some fashion maths for you. Summery striped dress from Joules + sandals from Aldo at House of Fraser = easy peasy warm weather dressing.

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Wild swimming at the Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

May 25, 2014 § 1 Reply

Take a dip somewhere a little bit magic – the Fairy Pools on Skye. Crystal clear icy water flows from the foot of the Cuillin mountains, forming lagoons and waterfalls that’ll both enchant you and give you serious brain freeze.

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Review: Thule RoundTrip Transition bike case

May 24, 2014 § Leave a reply

My review of the Thule RoundTrip Transition case, £444.95, which makes taking your cherished bike on international trips a breeze. As modelled by Katie, on an epic cycle around Lake Como.

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Review: Merrell Grassbow Mid Sport Gore-Tex hiking boots

May 23, 2014 § Leave a reply

Got me some new hiking boots! Here’s my review of the Grassbow Mid Sport boots, £120 from Merrell. They’re super lightweight (1.4lb, which is less than half a bag of sugar). They’re waterproof. And they have nice laces.

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How to: plan a long distance cycle – the best UK routes

May 21, 2014 § Leave a reply

Part two of my collab with Sustrans to send you on your merry cycling way. Once you’re prepped and ready, these are some of the prettiest UK routes you can get your biking teeth into.

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How to: plan a long distance cycle – the ultimate checklist

May 21, 2014 § Leave a reply

Itching to get out on your bike this weekend? I’ve put together this handy guide to getting into long distance rides with cycling charity Sustrans. Just tick off these ten steps and you’ll be pedal ready.

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Ciré handmade wax canvas bags

May 16, 2014 § Leave a reply

I have a serious case of kit lust. Ciré‘s wonderful waxed canvas creations are designed by outdoors nut Alison Vard, who finds inspiration in the mountains and the sea for her practical yet beautiful sorbet-coloured rucksacks, wash bags and wetsuit bags.

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Three Eurostar adventures by bike

May 8, 2014 § Leave a reply

If you’ve got a case of itchy feet this weekend, hop on the Eurostar and go see a beautiful new place by bike. It’s quick and easy, and before you know it you’ll be getting lost in Amsterdam, following the Pilgrim’s trail to Provence or pootling around Paris.

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How to: go camping. The ultimate packing checklist

April 20, 2014 § Leave a reply

Crackling logs, the smell of canvas, charcoal-like marshmallows burning your fingers… camping is pretty great, isn’t it? If the weather’s looking on the clement side and you’re itching to run for the hills and set up a tent in the wilderness, here’s a handy checklist of all the essentials you need to stay warm and dry. Plus whisky. Don’t forget the whisky.

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Sponsored Video: Longer days with The North Face

April 14, 2014 § Leave a reply

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!

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Let’s Grow Wild: interview and competition

April 10, 2014 § 8 Replies

Hey! Ho! Let’s grow! Wonderful new campaign Let’s Grow Wild is fighting to save the UK’s native wildflowers and encourage the creation of beautiful urban spaces. I caught up with guerilla gardener Richard Reynolds to find out how he’s collaborating with the project, plus I’ve got three wildflower seed kits to give away.

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Trail Running: my favourite kit

April 8, 2014 § 2 Replies

My idea of a nice jog is definitely less pounding the pavements and more getting lost in the woods (and covered in mud in the process). I’ve been very good at training for my fast-approaching Endurance Life coastal trail run in Exmoor this weekend, so I’m rewarding myself with some of this lovely gear.

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Places to stay: Damp on Dartmoor

April 7, 2014 § 2 Replies

It was my birthday last week (oh hello middle-to-late twenties!) and a big gang of us went to stay on Dartmoor for sunshine and barbeques. And then it rained a lot, so instead we went walking in bogs, met the Hound of the Baskervilles and drink a lot of gin by the fire.

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Summer brights from Joe Browns

April 1, 2014 § Leave a reply

It’s SPRING! The clocks have gone forward! It’s now ok to drink cider at lunchtime! This calls for some bright and beautiful biking trips in Joe Browns’ pretty togs. Because everything is better with multicoloured pompoms, amiright?

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Places to stay: Principe Delle Neve, Cervinia, Italy

March 28, 2014 § Leave a reply

My new series of special places to stay around the world kicks off with the decadent Principe Delle Neve Hotel in Cervinia, the poshest pitstop on the Italian slopes. Shot ski, anyone?

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Competition: Win £2000 of epic adventure travel with Blacks and Explore

March 26, 2014 § Leave a reply

Exciting news, fellow wanderlusters! I’m one of the judges of an amazing new competition from Explore.co.uk and Blacks – budding photographers can win £2000 of adventure travel.

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Mother’s Day treats from Ptarmigan Outfitters

March 25, 2014 § Leave a reply

Not sure what to delight the Mothership with this coming Sunday? How about some classic country kit from Ptarmigan Outfitters? Here’s my pick of the nicest togs from their collection of beautiful brands, all perfect for the great outdoors.

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Review: Fjallraven Kanken rucksack from Blackleaf

March 24, 2014 § Leave a reply

I doubt I have to introduce you to the coolest backback on the block – Fjallraven’s iconic Kanken design. I’ve been wanting one of these dinky-yet-durable rucksacks for ages, so I have been very happy reviewing this oxblood beauty from the Fjallraven Kanken rucksack range at Blackleaf (from £47.95). On Saturday it came to meet ponies in the New Forest with me. Awww.

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Bristol by Cyclist

March 18, 2014 § Leave a reply

Last weekend I met the lovely Thom Heald, the photographer behind Bristol By Cyclist. He likes bikes and he likes Bristol, and that and a penchant for taking beautiful photos has led to a wonderful gallery portraying different faces of Britain’s ‘Cycling City’. Oh, and there are some very pretty bikes to lust over, too.

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Spring staples from Miss Selfridge

March 17, 2014 § Leave a reply

Whilst I wish I could spend every day in trail running gear or a wetsuit, a good chunk of the time I’m commuting on my bike, wandering around Bristol or writing like a maniac in the office. When I’m pretending to be a serious journalist (well, a journalist) I’m more likely to be wearing these nice bits and bobs from Miss Selfridge.

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Interview: Adventurer and author Dave Cornthwaite

March 14, 2014 § Leave a reply

Dave Cornthwaite is a man on a mission – to complete 25 expeditions of 1000 miles or more, each using a different form of non-motorised transport. Eight journeys in, he tells me about paddling the Mississippi, planning micro adventures and learning to fit your life in your rucksack.

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How to: start a surf business, with Elsie Pinniger of Neon wetsuits

March 7, 2014 § Leave a reply

Surfer Elsie Pinniger runs neon wetsuits from a little workshop in Newquay, designing and creating beautiful, seriously covetable bespoke neoprene suits in a rainbow of colours. She tells me about her love of the beach, seeing her wetsuits in Vogue and the joy of getting to surf daily in the name of work.

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