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Andrew White from Walks Around Britain shares why he goes outdoors
We continue to celebrate the different reasons for adventure this year with #iGOoutdoors, you can submit your adventures and stories by tagging them #igooutdoors on your social channels, more info available at http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/igoutdoors .
This week we sat down with Andrew White, the man behind ‘Walks Around Britain’ to find out how he’s using his love of the outdoors to encourage others to give it a go.
A selection of some walking routes to try around the UK
If you’ve found yourself inspired by ‘Britains Favourite Walks’ on ITV and you’re looking for somewhere to get your boots muddy this weekend, we’ve compiled a few lists that might help you find what you’re looking for, with over 150 walks to choose from, there should be something for everyone.
Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with a visit to his home
January 18th marks the annual ‘Winnie the Pooh Day’, which is celebrated on the birthday of the author A.A. Milne. The special day is a chance for Pooh Bear fans of all ages to celebrate their love for one of Britain’s best loved story characters. If you enjoy Pooh’s adventures with Piglet, Eeyore and co., did you know that you can visit where the ideas and stories came from?
The 100 Acre Wood where the characters had their fun in the stories is actually based on the 500 Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex. Read more
How can you get fit without the costly gym membership?
January comes with a torrent of celebrity-endorsed fitness DVD’s and all the local Gym’s telling you that it’s a new year and a new you (for their small sign up fee). While gyms are great for fitness, there are also plenty of ways to keep fit outdoors, and the scenery is a little nicer too.
Here we take a look at the best ways to lose a few pounds through 2018:
Unwind with a Boxing Day walk
You’ve spent most of the last month driving yourself crazy about buying presents and making ‘the big day’ everything you’d hoped it would be. Christmas is fantastic family time, but for many, it’s still difficult to unwind (let’s not forget the members of the family cooking one of the most stressful meals of the year). Boxing Day is a time to breathe a sigh of relief, and a fantastic time to get outdoors and blow away the cobwebs. Read more
The mountains are calling!
We Brits love a challenge, and you don’t have to travel very far to put yourself to the test. There are plenty of mountains in the UK ready for you to conquer, and there’s something for every level of ability, so there are no excuses not to give it a go. Here we have collected 15 mountains around the UK that we think are must-climbs, from the big three to some slightly lesser climbed peaks that have a lot to offer. Read more
10 Christmas Gifts for Walkers
Christmas is the time for giving, and there’s no greater gift than the gift of adventure. If there’s an avid walker/hiker in your life and you’re struggling with some gift ideas this Christmas-time, we’re here to help. We’ve pulled together 10 suggestions to help focus your search.
Be safe and be seen this winter
Don’t hibernate through winter, there is plenty to discover in the outdoors, and a crisp, clear winters day is often a fantastic time to see it. There are some things you should take into consideration if you’re hitting the hills this season. If you’ve checked out the 10 things that should be in every hikers rucksack, then here we’ve compiled a few tips specifically for winter:
Keep energy levels up with these snacks for hiking
Making sure you keep your energy levels topped up while out walking is greatly important to prevent yourself from becoming lightheaded. The more you walk, the more calories you burn and the more your energy will deplete. There are plenty of high energy snacks out there to give you a little boost out on the fells. Here are some we think you should try:
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.
Stride into autumn with new GORE-TEX® jackets from Berghaus
Here at GO Outdoors, we are really excited about the latest Berghaus jackets that have landed. They’re brand new for autumn/winter 2017, but you could say that they have been 40 years in the making! Berghaus was the first company in Europe to launch a GORE-TEX® jacket, way back in 1977. That moment was a game changer for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere and the two companies have worked together very closely ever since, setting the standard for the design and development of waterproof and breathable fabrics and clothing for use in all conditions.
Discover geocaching, a fantastic way to get the whole family outdoors.
What is it? How do you get started? Where can you go? We’ve got you covered!
If treasure hunts and walks in the British countryside sound like the kind of activities that you and your family could get into then it’s time to seriously consider taking up geocaching, one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the UK today. All children love going on a treasure hunt, even if it’s just a small one at home, and if you’re looking for a new way to get them out into the countryside then this is certainly the way to do it.
Head for the coast with these bracing coastal walks in the UK
Coastal walks aren’t just relaxing, they’re a nice break from the mountains and hills. A walk in the sea air is said to make you sleep for longer, but more than anything – coastal walks offer up some stunning views as well. Here we have selected 15 areas of coastline around the UK, and a walk for you to enjoy them.
Take in the beauty of these lakes, lochs and reservoirs in the UK
When the sun comes out, there’s something inside of us that wants to head for the water. If a day on the beach isn’t your thing, then some time in the tranquillity of some of the stunning bodies of water around the UK might be just the ticket. Here we list 15 for you to try, and an walking route for you to try that takes them in. Read more
Don’t listen to TLC, get out there and chase these Waterfalls
Waterfalls in films are often depicted as romantic, exotic locations (or the inevitable end to somebody being carried down a fast flowing river), and we have some stunning waterfalls around the UK that you can visit, and some of them couldn’t be easier to reach. The best thing about waterfalls, is that they’re actually more impressive in the rain – so don’t let the great British summer hold you back.
In this article we look at some of our favourite waterfalls around the UK and offer up a walk you can tackle to find them.
Woodland day trips for the whole family
The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. If you go down to the wood today, you’re likely to find stories to tell, stunning trees, and winding paths to explore and enjoy. The British forests and woodland are a real thing of beauty, and they’re just waiting for your family adventures. So if you’re looking for a family day out this year, why not check out some of these?
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:
Ezy Dog lands at GO Outdoors with a bumper range
We all love our four legged adventure buddies, and new for 2017 you’ll be able to pick from a great range of Ezy Dog products in GO outdoors stores and online. Here we take a look at what is available for your furry friend’s next outdoor adventure.
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.
A recap of our favourite photos from #ScrapbookOutdoors Week 7
Over the last week we’ve seen some sun, the start of Storm Doris and everything in between. We asked you to get outdoors over the week for our theme of ‘Muddy Boots & Walking Routes’ a celebration of your boots and where they’ve taken you. Here were some of our favourites: