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Six Nations of the Outdoors Tournament

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If the Six Nations countries faced off in a battle of the outdoors? Who’d win?

As we welcome in February, along with it comes the Six Nations rugby tournament. We’re not so much into rugby, but we do love the six nations that take part. So we got to thinking, what if the six nations taking part faced off in a head to head vote with the best of their outdoors on offer? So that’s exactly what we’re going to do:

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25 Recommended Outdoor/Adventure Books

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Take your imagination on an adventure with these books  

When the day is done and you want to put your feet up in front of the fire, kick back in your camping chair under the stars, or lay out on the beach – there’s nothing finer than a good adventure story to whisk your mind away with tales of exploration and discovery. So we’ve compiled a list of some recommended books to take you on the trip of a lifetime.

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How To Shoot Fantastic Outdoor Photographs – Whatever Your Device

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How To Shoot Outdoor Photos Like A Pro – Whatever Your Device

You’re new to the outdoors and you want to show your friends and family just what they’re missing out on. So how can you entice them to join you on your countryside walk or mountain biking trip? By capturing incredible, high-quality images that reflect exactly how you saw the landscape – striking, colourful, and dramatic.

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How to best spend a day in 11 of Europe’s National Parks

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How to spend a day in 11 of Europe’s National Parks 

We’re quite lucky here in the UK to have 15 National Parks in relative short travelling distance, but maybe you’re looking for something a bit more? Perhaps an outdoor holiday somewhere new is still sat there unchecked on your bucket list? In this blog we take a look at 11 stunning National Parks across Europe, and how to spend a fantastic day in each one.

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10 Things to Check When Buying Walking Boots

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If you’ve ever had walking boots that rub, this list is for you 

There is so much choice in walking boots these days, it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for. In this article we’ll take you through a list of 10 things to check when shopping for your new pair of boots. As getting the correct fit and style of boot for you activity can be the difference between a comfortable day out, and sore feet.

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Zombie Survival Kit List

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Why GO Outdoors is your one-stop zombie survival shop 

Whether you’re a fan of Halloween, horror movies or The Walking Dead, there is a big obsession with zombies in the world today. The obsession stretches so far that the Pentagon actually has a zombie survival plan, so fear of the undead is a very real thing. So it got us thinking – what would you if we really were subject to a zombie apocalypse? Simple answer: Get to GO Outdoors. Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘Even in times of apocalyptic impending doom these guys are STILL trying to get me in store?’, but hear us out and we think you’ll agree with our thought process.

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10 Views You Won’t Believe are from Hostels

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10 Views you won’t believe are from YHA Hostels 

At YHA we’ve always believed in helping people to get out and explore by offering great value accommodation across England and Wales. We’re positioned in some amazing locations for you to take advantage of, so, why not have a look at some of the most beautiful views to discover at YHAs? They might just help provide that crucial inspiration for your next adventure!

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Map Reading Basics with Ordnance Survey

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Celebrate #NationalMapReadingWeek With These Map Reading Basics

Map reading is a timeless outdoor skill that can save your life. Over the years it feels like less people are learning to read maps with it often being that case that we lean more toward GPS systems. We always recommend to have a map & compass in your rucksack when out on a walk, it will always be there when the battery on your tech dies. Int his post we’ve featured some fantastic videos from Ordnance Survey which teach you some map reading basics.

So whether you want to hone your skills, or learn something completely new – these videos should be able to give you some advice.

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Our favourite places in Ireland – #StPatricksDay

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We take a look at some great outdoor spots on the emerald isle

St Patrick’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for us we’ve taken it as a great excuse to shine some light on an often forgotten outdoor gem. Both the Republic or Ireland and Northern Ireland have some truly luscious scenery for the outdoor fan, and with many activities on offer, it’s certainly worth venturing away from Temple Bar for a few days to check it out. We asked GO staff where their favourite outdoor spots were in Ireland, and here’s what we have come up with. Read more

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Our Favourite Places in Wales – #StDavidsDay

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We celebrate some fantastic outdoor locations in Wales

March 1st is St David’s Day, so we asked GO members of staff for their favourite places in Wales to celebrate the rich outdoor landscape. We cover off beaches, walks, mountain bike trails and more.  Read more

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Tips for Capturing Great Actioncam Shots

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Acquire awe-inspiring footage with an action camera

They say a picture is worth a thousand words but sometimes there’s nothing quite like video to capture the whole story in all of its glory. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your action camera.

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Discover the Outdoors With Your DSLR

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Delight in detail with your DSLR

Taking a step up from your smartphone? We’ve asked some professional photographers for some great tips for capturing those winning shots with a DSLR camera.

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Tips for Better Photos on Your Smartphone

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How to take fantastic outdoor photographs with your smartphone

Only have your smartphone to hand? There’s nothing stopping you from capturing great shots of your outdoor experience. Follow these tips for better shots.

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Protect Your Travel Luggage with Numinous

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A brand new range of anti-theft rucksacks at GO Outdoors 

Gap year travelling is becoming more and more popular, with many spending their summers or longer backpacking to the far reaches of the globe in search of memories they can keep for a life time.

As anyone with backpacking experience will tell you, the worst nightmare of any traveller is theft. When your rucksack contains everything, security is key.

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70 Reasons to visit the Peak District

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50 fantastic days out in the first of the UK’s National Parks 

UPDATE: even more activities added!

Are you the kind of person who’s always up for an adventure? Do you love spending time in the great outdoors? Do you feel at home in the countryside? If the answer to all of the above is yes then we’ve got just the challenge for you – why not make the Peak District your next foray into the wild and experience the delights this beautiful countryside has to offer.

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Top 10 Outdoor Documentaries on UK Netflix

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Our pick of the best outdoor docs currently on Netflix UK 

I know, I know it seems strange that we would recommend that you stay indoors, it even goes against our name, but some nights or weekends you simply want to sit back and relax with some TV. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite outdoor documentaries that are currently (time of writing) on the popular on-demand service, Netflix.

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Q&A with Countrywise Presenter Liz Bonnin

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We sit down with Liz Bonnin of Countrywise for a live Q&A 

At GO Outdoors we love Countrywise (Mondays ITV 8PM), a wonderful weekly trip around the great British countryside. This week we had the fortune to sit down and host a live Q&A with presenter Liz Bonnin. You may have also seen Liz on shows such as Star Gazing Live, and Operation Snow Tiger among others.

We asked our followers for questions, and they didn’t disappoint.

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How to fit a rucksack and pack it correctly

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Walk in comfort with your pack correctly fitted 

All too often a rucksack is chosen based on price, or features alone, with no thought for how it might fit and feel when you’re out and about. In this article we’ll take you through how to correctly fit your rucksack, and the best way to pack it.

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Staff Stories: Tackling Everest Basecamp

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Giving you an insight into the adventures of our staff members

At GO Outdoors, we love to hear about the adventures you’re planning when you pop into our stores for your gear. We love the outdoors as well, and our store and head office staff are often out on their own adventures to tackle the great outdoors.

In this blog we hear from Tim of our Colchester store as he prepares for a month long trip to Nepal to take on Everest basecamp.

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Q&A with Berghaus Mountaineer Mick Fowler

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We sit down and chat with a real pioneer of British rock climbing. 

Outdoor sponsored athletes come in all shapes and sizes, and we’ve even had some working with us here at GO Outdoors, but when we were given the chance to sit down with a real British favourite of the climbing world in Mick Fowler, we couldn’t resist.

For those who might be new to the name, Mick Fowler is an award-winning mountaineer and author. He was voted the ‘Mountaineer’s mountaineer’ by The Observer, and has picked up prestigious awards such as the Piolet d’OR and the Golden Piton for his climbs. He was one of the first people to rock climb at E6 difficulty, and winter climb at grade VI – it’s no doubt that Mick Fowler is a real pioneer when it comes to adventurous climbing.

While he’s not conquering the cliff face, Mick works full time for HM Revenue and Customs, and while not in the office he has been working as a Berghaus-sponsored athlete since 2008.

We asked you to send in your questions for the man himself, and here is how it went:

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