The best surfing beaches in Wales

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 my board, but the utter rush of catching a wave makes pain, cold and wee in your wetsuit seem like very minor issues. Whilst I would love to surf the USA, Indo or Oz, living in Cardiff has meant I’ve been able to get out on the green waves of Wales, which offer some very decent surf.

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Review: Keen women’s Venice H2 sandals

Review: Keen women’s Venice H2 sandals

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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Alice Robert’s Wild Swimming

Alice Robert’s Wild Swimming

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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Photogblog: spectacular Snowdonia

Photogblog: spectacular Snowdonia

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Review: Keen women’s Shasta walking boots

Review: Keen women’s Shasta walking boots

Keen Hiking Boots Review: 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,…
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Festival special: Top ten under £100

Festival special: Top ten under £100

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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Interview with Steve Young, soldier turned polar explorer

Interview with Steve Young, soldier turned polar explorer

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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Review: The North Face Borealis rucksack

Review: The North Face Borealis rucksack

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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Snowdrop searching

Snowdrop searching

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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Top 10 songs about being outdoors

Top 10 songs about being outdoors

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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British Military Fitness mud runs

British Military Fitness mud runs

I really really really want to do this:
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Brecon Beacons: The movie. An epic drama

Brecon Beacons: The movie. An epic drama

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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Review: Hiker Heavy Crew Icebreaker socks

Review: Hiker Heavy Crew Icebreaker socks

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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Photoblog: hunting fossils on the Jurassic Coast

Photoblog: hunting fossils on the Jurassic Coast

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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Conservation and tourism in the Brecon Beacons

Conservation and tourism in the Brecon Beacons

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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Brecon Beacons waterfall walk

Brecon Beacons waterfall walk

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 …
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