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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!
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.
Tips to think about before your day hike
The folks at Expedia have put together this great infographic with a whole host of tips for backpackers to consider before and during a hike. While some of these tips are only really needed outside the UK (you won’t need a bear bag on the West Highland Way), it’s certainly a good idea to keep them in mind if you head out on any hiking holidays. Read more
We’ve picked out 10 fantastic walks in Cairngorms National Park
With the second-highest mountain in the UK and more than 4,528 square kilometres to cover, the Cairngorms National Park is waiting to be explored on foot. Strap on your walking boots, grab your map and try one of these great walking routes:
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:
10 essentials for every walker’s rucksack
Walking can be great way to see the British countryside, an effective low impact exercise, low cost as well as a lot of fun. It’s simplistic nature often leads inexperienced walkers into a false sense of security and to set out unprepared. In this blog we’ll take you through some essentials that should be in every walkers rucksack.
Take in the New Forest on foot with these great walks
Is there any better way to spend a sunny afternoon than a long walk in the countryside? We certainly don’t think so!
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic routes to take in New Forest, but here are our top 10 walks to get you started.
The game sweeping the nation may be the excuse your kids need to go hiking
You can’t move right now without hearing about Pokémon GO in the news, the craze that has taken off and is becoming more popular with every country release. The game has just been released in the UK, and it’s already proving to be a fantastic way to get people outdoors, and may well be the excuse your kids need to have some great family hikes this summer. Take the hunt for computer generated creatures, to discover more around you in the real world.
Looking for Yorkshire Dales walks? Here are some routes we recommend
The best way to see the beautiful Yorkshire Dales is on foot, so whether you’re an experienced walker or not we’ve got some great routes for you to try:
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
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
VisitScotland – A Walker’s Guide to Scotland
By Jodi Mullen
With nearly 2,000 recognised routes and some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the British Isles, Scotland is a country perfect for walking and has something to offer to walkers of all experience and fitness levels. Read more
My Top 10 Northern England landscape views & walks
In 2015 for the GO Outdoors Awards, we nominated a selection of fantastic independent outdoor blogs and asked the public to vote for their favourite. The following is a guest post from winner Stuart Hodgson and gives you an insight into what you can expect from his own blog. Stuart has combined his love for the outdoors with his love for photography, so we asked him to name his top 10 views that he’s captured on his walks.
The easiest exercise to start
In Part 2 of our get fit outdoors articles, we take a look at walking. Walking is probably the first activity that comes to mind when you think of fitness in the outdoors, but do you know exactly how this hobby can help your health? We go over some reasons that you should add more walking to your fitness calendar in 2016.
If your idea of a weekend well spent is taking on the fells, hills and mountains – whatever the weather – the Berghaus Explorer Active GTX will make for the perfect addition to your 2016 kit list.
Lace up your boots and head out for a walk
From short strolls to challenging climbs, there are walks suitable for all abilities in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
Geocaching is on the rise, and is quickly becoming a family favourite activity
Take the health benefits of a good walk, the thrill of exploring and add in all the fun of a treasure hunt and you’ve got an activity that is fun for adults and kids alike. That’s geocaching, and it’s on the rise here in the UK.
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.
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.