Celebrating 25 Years of Montane

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Montane celebrate 25 year anniversary with limited edition smock 

Much loved brand Montane celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2018 and right from the very beginning they have been innovating ‘cutting edge’ outdoor products to equip those with a thirst for adventure. This is their story:

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#iGOoutdoors to encourage others

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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.

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Over 150 Great Walks in the UK

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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.

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15 Birds to Look Out For In Your Garden

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Get involved with the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch and look out for these birds in your garden this weekend

Each year RSPB hosts their Big Garden Bird Watch to get a count of bird sightings in the public’s gardens around the UK. This vital information can give them great insight into how different bird species are fairing year on year. So we’ve come up with a list of 15 birds that you might be able to see in your garden this weekend. Read more

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#iGooutdoors to Raise Awareness

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Pip from GO Outdoors shares why she is going outdoors this January 

Throughout 2018, we’re celebrating the different types of adventure, and the different reasons we all go outdoors. You can submit your adventures and stories by tagging them #igooutdoors on our social channels, more info available at http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/igoutdoors .

For our first feature, we sat down with Pip from the GO Outdoors online team, to find out more about why she is going outdoor this year.

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Storied Locations: 100 Acre Wood

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Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day with a visit to his home

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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

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10 Great Winter Camping Locations in the UK

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With the right gear, you can camp throughout the year 

Camping holidays are a part of British culture. With so much amazing countryside within a couple of hours of our homes – and in many cases less than an hour – it has become an immensely popular activity, especially for families looking to get away on a short holiday.

The rolling countryside, beautiful rivers and lakes, imposing mountains and local wildlife all add to the experience of camping in the UK. So much so, in fact, that people are looking to go all year round and winter camping in the UK is thriving.

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Top Ways to Get Fit Outdoors

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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:

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Scrapbook Outdoors Week 50: Best of 2017

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The final theme in our weekly photo challenge 

It’s the end of the year and the end of our Outdoor Scrapbook project, so for our final photo challenge theme, we want to see your best outdoor shots that you’ve taken this year. Let’s finish 2017 with some amazing memories of the great adventures you’ve had over the year. Be sure to tag them #ScrapbookOutdoors on the relevant social channels to get involved!

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Why You Should Create a ‘To-Do’ List in 2018

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What do you want to achieve in 2018? 

You’ve probably heard of a bucket list, it’s the idea of creating a list of all the things you want to do before you ‘kick the bucket’, but it’s also a great way to keep track of your goals on a short-term basis as well. Here are a few reasons we think you should document all the things you want to achieve in 2018.

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10 Excuses to go on a Family Walk on Boxing Day

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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

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ScrapbookOutdoors Week 49: My Outdoor Christmas

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s Christmas week, and this week we want to see YOUR outdoor Christmas. Whether it’s new gear on Christmas day, a boxing day walk, or a festive scene that you’ve found over the weekend – maybe you’re spending your Christmas Day in a tent? (It does happen!) Make sure you tag all your photos with the hashtag top get involved.

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Top 10 Outdoor Brands 2017

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We count down the top 10 outdoor brands as voted by you. 

When December rolls around we like to have a little retrospective on the year gone by where we celebrate all the great and good from the last 12 months. We do this by hosting our annual GO Outdoors Awards, during which we crown the prestigious ‘best brand of the year’. All votes are public and by GO colleagues so we can look at which brands you’ve really been supporting this year. Here we delve deeper into the vote and show you the complete top 10.

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What should Santa REALLY be wearing?

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The velvet suit is nice, but is it right for all the conditions Santa might face?

For a man that lives in the North Pole (or Lapland, depending on your story), Santa never seems to feel the cold. When he’s making his rounds on Christmas eve, he’ll be crossing through all manners of weather – so we’ve decided to offer the big man some advice to make the trip a little more comfortable. Read more

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 48: Snow

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge 

Seems obvious, doesn’t it? Here at GO HQ in Sheffield, we’ve been jealous seeing all the deep snow around the country and we want to celebrate the winter snow this week with your beautiful snowy photos. So if you’ve been out adventuring over the last week in the snow, or you’ve got some great winter shots then make sure you tag them #ScrapbookOutdoors on all the relevant social platforms to get involved.

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Mountain Biking on Cannock Chase

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A Guide to Mountain Biking at Cannock Chase

The West Midlands is full of woodland and countryside presenting the ideal opportunity to get out and about on two feet or two wheels. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys getting out on your bike at any opportunity, getting the adrenaline pumping and experiencing all kinds of different tracks and trails then mountain biking on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire is definitely for you.

This area of the West Midlands has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but it’s not just comprised of rolling countryside, wildlife and woodland – it’s an outstanding place to test your mountain biking skills to the limit, or to give it a try for the first time.

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5 Campsites in the UK Mountains

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We head for the hills with the experts at coolcamping.com as they give their pick of the UK’s best mountain campsites

The views, the walks, the fresh alpine air; there’s something undeniably special about camping in the mountains. Whether it’s pitching at the foot of Ben Nevis or finding a riverside spot in the heart of Snowdonia, there are few places we’d rather be than in amongst Britain’s mighty mountains. To get us inspired, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their recommendations of the perfect places to pitch in 2018. So, when it comes to pitching your tent or parking up your campervan next year, you’ll know exactly where to go… Read more

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 47: Mountains

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Our favourite photos from this week’s photo challenge theme

December 11th marked International Mountain Day, and mountains are very close to the heart of many outdoor enthusiasts, so we wanted to see your best mountain photos. Here were some of our favourites out of the many submitted

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Horse Riding Christmas Gift Ideas

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Equestrian themed Christmas gift ideas from our riding department

If you or a loved one enjoys horse riding, then we’ve collected together some Christmas gift ideas from our equestrian department. You’ll always find our largest range of equine goods online including equestrian clothing and horse tack. All items available in our web store can be delivered for free to your local store.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Cycling Families

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Ideal gifts for a family of cyclists 

Cycling is one of the most fun ways to get the whole family outdoor and active. If you’re planning to cycle more in 2018, we’ve pulled together some ideal gifts for the family that likes to get out on their bikes.

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