Monthly Archives: August 2011

Essential Kit for a Hiker’s Rucksack

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A survival kit list for any walker or hiker Gelert Military Survival Kit available at GO Outdoors

At GO Outdoors we try to get everyone involved in the outdoors, from the most experienced outdoorsman to a novice looking for a new hobby. Many outdoor news websites often tell a tail of lost hikers, or unprepared hikers having to be rescued by the likes of Mountain Rescue or other rescue units. Not everyone has a background in the Scouts or Guides, so we have compiled a list of essentials for any  hiker/walker’s rucksack.

Many of the items featured on the list will be as a ‘just in case’ measure, but when you’re dealing with the elements it’s always better to be prepared. Read more

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Cycling Helping the Economy

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More and more people are getting on their Bike in the UK 

In a recent news article in the BBC, they state that the cycling industry is actually improving the British economy, claiming that it creates £3 billion a year. The figure takes into account cycle related employment, manufacturing and retail.

It’s a huge boost for cycling which is seeing increases year on year with more and more people looking to travel to work, get fit or simply spend time outdoors with the family. Read more

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World Orienteering Championships come to Highlands

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The Scottish Highlands will play host to the World Orienteering Championships in 2015 

British Orienteering has scored a big win for the sport, bringing the 2015 world orienteering championships to the Scottish Highlands, beating out a bid from Sweden. The event will be hosted in picturesque Inverness.

Later this year GO Outdoors will be opening a brand new store in Inverness, so naturally we’re quite excited to be a staple part of the outdoor community in the Highlands by the time Read more

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Top 5 Places to Camp in the UK

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We asked our customers where their favourite places to camp were, here are the results! 

The camping season is in full swing, and while we all have itchy feet waiting on the August bank holiday weekend to get back out there again, we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to let us know their favourite places to camp in the UK. The results came back in abundance, it was great to see so much enthusiasm for camping. So many people naming specific camp sites, in the end we had to lump together results into areas so we could report back. Here are the results of our customers favourite places to go camping. Read more

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Spartan Races- “You May Die”

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A look at the Spartan Races, an extreme obstacle course for the brave hearted!

If you’re a dedicated trail runner, fell or road runner- or just up for a challenge- you need to know about the extreme obstacle courses of the Spartan Races. Developed by Selica Sevigny and Richard Lee, if the warning ‘You May Die’ for the events doesn’t put you off, you might want to take part!

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Staying Safe Out On The Hills

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Accidents happen to the most cautious walkers- so what can you pack to stay safe?

If you’re off to the hill or the cliff tops this weekend for a spot of walking or climbing , don’t forget to check your gear and go steady, especially on slippery rocks after the recent rainfall across most of the UK.

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A Thank You to the Emergency Services..

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It’s business as usual at GO Outdoors thanks to the police. GO Outdoors

The UK has been gripped with the awful scenes and tragic stories surrounding the Riots which started in London but are starting to inspire copycat attacks around the country to other cities such as Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Gloucester and Leicester. The social unrest has turned to looting and many retailers are being hit for high priced goods (There are also pictures of pound shops being looted).  Read more

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Traffic Free Cycling For Women

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Any woman who wants to get fit but is concerned about safety should take a look at Cycletta coming this September and October to both the North and South of England. 

If you want the practice of getting out on your mountain bike, road bike or hybrid bike, without the fear of angry bus drivers, easily bashed school children and compacted traffic, then you need the Cycletta race.

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Top Ways to Keep Fit Outdoors

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Shed pounds and stay healthy with a dose of outdoor activity

The gym isn’t for everyone, and you don’t necessarily need it if you have weight loss or staying healthy on your mind. The outdoors offers up some fantastic opportunities for staying fit at your own pace and living a healthier lifestyle, no matter what age you are.

You can’t turn a channel these days without hearing somebody on some programme tell you how unfit we British have become, exercise seems like a chore and the gym can be a daunting place for newcomers or those uncomfortable with how they look. Luckily the outdoors offers up some great alternative exercises, but above all, you can work at your own pace and see some fantastic sights along the way. In this blog we’ll give you 5 ways to keep fit without the costly gym membership. Read more

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Have Fun Getting Lost!

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With a plans  for a new Yorkshire maze, we take a look at other mazes for you and the kids.

New plans have been revealed for a giant North Yorkshire maze- made of 4000 tonnes of stone! Mark Ellis, a craftsman, has plans to build the maze in Pickering, Dallby Forest on the North York Moors over the next 3 years.

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Family fun at GO Outdoors Manchester

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Come and Join in the fun at Manchester’s Urban Exchange GO Outdoors

It’s looking set to be a busy one at the Urban Exchange this weekend, which means that at GO Outdoors Manchester there will be plenty going on for kids and adults alike.

Urban Exchange is the name of the area where GO Outdoors Manchester is situated and this weekend (6th-7th August) there’s plenty of activity going on to entertain shoppers; from a visit to Wonderland, to advice during the Manchester Sky ride.  Read more

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Grilling recommences for Islington residents

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BBQs in Islington’s public parks are now allowed after a ban on them was revoked by the council earlier this year.

This Summer, residents of Islington North London will be able to grill in peace, as the council have revoked their prohibition of grilling of food in its parks. Meanwhile residents of other boroughs may just have to smell the sweet scent of Islington’s victory against the ban, as places like Camden still consider the use of BBQs a safety hazard.

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Catch Of The Day!

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Neil at GO Outdoors Southampton reels in a big one- and there’s nothing fishy about that!

Here at GO Outdoors, as staff we all have our favourite outdoor activities, but it’s the anglers who get the most impressive pictures!

 

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Happy Yorkshire Day!

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August 1st celebrates the UK’s largest county 

As we all sit, scratching our heads wondering how on earth we’ve reached August already, the largest county in the UK today celebrates Yorkshire Day.

Since GO Outdoors had it’s humble beginnings in Sheffield, Yorkshire Day is something that resonates with the company. Many of us Yorkshire folk forget how lucky we are to have the Peak District and more on our door step. Read more

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