Outdoors

How To Prepare For A Long Distance Hike

Dr. Andrew Murray | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Andrew Murray

Don't bother with the Hilton. Avoid the Marriot. Nothing beats looking out of your tent on a clear night and seeing millions of stars in the sky. It offers a tonne more flexibility- often you can choose a place that suits you. For summer, tents can be less than one kilogram, and a great lightweight sleeping bag can be 450g. I find it's almost always worth it.

The Challenges Of Outdoor Sport With Celebral Palsy

David Reilly | Posted 11.09.2017 | UK Sport
David Reilly

The outdoors have always been a part of my life. Growing up in rural East Lothian, I spent much of my childhood walking hills and beaches with my family. Having Cerebral Palsy of course could make things more challenging for me. My stamina and ability was not as good as it is now. However, I never saw this as something that might stop me but rather just made me more determined.

Seven Reasons Everyone Should Go Camping

Emma Louise Thompson | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Thompson

Nearly 1.2 million people in the UK go camping on a regular basis - that's a lot of people, and 1.2 million people surely can't be wrong? Everyone should experience outdoor cooking, and falling asleep amongst nature at least once in their life. Here are some reasons why you should go right now!

The UK's Best Spots For Outdoor Exercise

Dr. Andrew Murray | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Andrew Murray

I am often asked what are the top places to exercise outdoors in the UK, what exercise are these places great for, and how can you take advantage of it. Through my work with outdoor footwear brand Merrell, and time spent competing and training for ultra-marathons, I've experienced some very special places.

It's Not Just 'Winter Blues': What I've Learnt About Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tayana Simons | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D) is one of the lesser-understood mental health conditions. Because it is, in itself, a type of depression, it is easy to think it has been bought on by other circumstances in your life. It is only when you begin to recognise the recurring annual pattern, that you realise the trigger.

Wild Camping Part Three - Water Carriage

Andy Torbet | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Torbet

So your first priority is water. Often overlooked and under-consumed on expeditions. I have found people are especially prone to dehydration in cold climates. In the desert heat everyone is very aware of the problem and is disciplined about drinking.

Wild Camping Part Two - Shelter

Andy Torbet | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Torbet

What you'll need to wild camp will depend on the weather and how close you want to get to nature. It also depends on how long you're out for. But let's assume it's a single overnighter and you can extrapolate from there.

On The Verge Of Extinction

Dr Trevor Dines | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Dr Trevor Dines

Vibrant verges are an oasis of colour in an increasingly grey landscape and they can contribute to our health and wellbeing. For many of the 23 million people who commute to work by road the verge is their only daily contact with nature. The procession of colour from bluebells to betony through the year brightens our days, keep us in touch with the changing seasons and provide us with a real sense of place.

Take The Device Away: Why Children And Technology Should Be Separated!

Emma Williamson | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
Emma Williamson

These days you will be hard pressed to find a child who doesn't have access to technology - a device that is permanently glued to their nose and the only 'toy' that will keep them entertained without screaming down the house to be quiet.

Are Archaeologists Legitimate Treasure Hunters?

Emma Rosen | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Rosen

It rains a lot in the Carpathian Mountains. You can see the storm clouds roll over the top of the hills, threatening any fair-weather archaeologists in the valley where Sarmisegetuza is nestled, far below.

The Amazing Benefits Of Being Outside

Hayley Gillard | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hayley Gillard

There are loads of amazing benefits to being out in nature and in this blog I'm going to explore some of them.

The Adventure Seekers Guide To The Palm Beaches

Black Tomato | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

With beautiful year-round climates and incredible landscapes, The Palm Beaches lends itself to outdoor adventure. Add to this an array of fascinating underwater marine life, impressive waves, stunning cycle paths and scenic hiking routes, and you'll understand exactly why this US hot-spot is fast becoming a highlight for adventure-aficionados.

How To Explore Yosemite National Park In Winter Time

Selene Nelson | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Selene Nelson

This January I visited Yosemite for the first time, and it just so happened that my stay coincided with the worst snowstorm in recent years. I wanted to see snow in Yosemite, and I certainly got it. With the cold spell expected to last for a while, here's how to get the best out of Yosemite during winter.

Winter Is The Perfect Time To Discover The History Of The British Landscape

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

Forget long summer days, fields of golden wheat and hedgerows bursting with life. The short, dark days of winter give the would-be Landscape Spotter t...

Finding Our Natural Space On Earth

Sam Williams | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Reconnecting with nature is not just beneficial for us and our health; it is beneficial for all species. The more we can learn from the ecosystems that we depend upon, the better we can protect them, for everyone's survival.

Ten Reasons To Ditch The Gym And Get Outdoors

Professor Greg Whyte | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Greg Whyte

If you're bored with the gym, lacking motivation to exercise, or simply finding exercise too much like hard work, then the great outdoors may be the perfect antidote. You don't need a national park on your doorstep to enjoy the great outdoors: countryside; forests; seaside; parks; and even gardens offer the same positive benefits to your exercise programme.

Get Outside: Beat The Winter Blues

Oli Reed | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Of course it isn't always easy to find the motivation, and sometimes I feel guilty dragging Sonny away from the warmth of the house and the comfort of his bouncy chair, but this little dude absolutely loves being outside and I can't deny him that pleasure just because it's got a bit chillier and I'm feeling lazy.

Five Reasons Winter In Aspen Snowmass Is Perfect For Family Travel

Black Tomato | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Black Tomato

It may be famed for its slopes, but there is so much more to Aspen than first meets the eye. With off-slope activities galore, an impressive array of ...

11 Ways To Beat Your Training Demons

Professor Greg Whyte | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Greg Whyte

You've set yourself a challenge. You have taken advice and chosen a goal personal to you, something you have always wanted to achieve, and made sure it is challenging but achievable. Now it is time to deliver but, you have a history of letting your training demons take over and wreck your chances of success.

My Top Tips For An October Half Term Holiday

Ray Mears | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Parents
Ray Mears

Getting out into the great outdoors with your children is a fantastic way to spark their imagination. You can keep them preoccupied for hours watching wildlife and exploring woodland. In my opinion, being in nature is the key to happiness.

Embrace the Great Outdoors and Challenge Yourself This Summer

Peter Westgarth | Posted 13.08.2017 | UK
Peter Westgarth

The summer months provide the perfect time to walk the hills and roam the valleys of our outstanding British countryside. But last week's research tha...

Making The Most Of The Good Weather Without Spending A Fortune

Written by Ruth D'Alessandro | Phillip Othen | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Let’s face it, we don’t see much sunshine in Britain. With the UK averaging 1,500 hours of annual sunshine against 2,875 for southern Spain, it’...

Operation Bivy Bag

Laura Maisey | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Maisey

Last night I slept in the back garden. No, I wasn't thrown out there by a wronged lover, with my clothes following in a black bag. I didn't go to look at the flowers then get locked out. I went out there on purpose, in order to become familiar with the mechanics and sensations of sleeping outdoors.

Springing Ahead

Gwen Potter | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Gwen Potter

Even the most hardened naturalists will have deprived themselves of nature in all this driech, but March is on its way. Spring will begin properly with risky plant predictions - primroses and wild daffodils, then bluebells and finally Welsh poppies. In a pond near you, tiny frogs will emerge from the water.

Why We Want To Raise Lifelong Learners

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

A few weeks ago, whilst choosing books on Amazon to take along on my honeymoon, I bought Professor Mary Beard's A History of Ancient Rome. I bought the book simply because it was on Amazon's bestseller list, but to my surprise, I really enjoyed it.