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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Christmas Gifts for Skiiers

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These gifts are snow joke. 

Do you know somebody who just loves snow sports, or is heading out on the slopes after Christmas? Whether you’re skiing, boarding, or simply watching from the comfort of the ski lodge with hot chocolate in hand, we’ve got some great gift ideas from our skiwear range, including Jackets for the whole family, Goggles & more

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 46: Trees

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Our favourite photos from this week’s photo challenge theme

This week we celebrated trees in all their glory, the old, the new, the huge, the small, the forests and the lonely trees. We asked you for your tree photos and you’ve made it our most participated theme of the year. We’ve loved looking through all the photos submitted, but here are some of our favourites:

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15 Mountains You Should Climb in the UK

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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

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10 Camping Christmas Gifts

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What to get for those who like to sleep under canvas 

You’re looking for a gift for somebody who really loves to go camping, if you’re not a camper yourself it can be quite difficult to hunt out the best gifts. So we’ve compiled a list of 10 things that we think would make a great gift for a camper this year.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 45: Explore Scotland

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Our favourite photos from this week’s photo challenge theme

Happy St Andrews Day! For the last week we’ve asked for your photos of the stunning Scottish outdoors, and wow what a response. There were some many beautiful shots to choose from, this is one of our biggest recaps of the year. Here are some of our favourite photos sent in this week:

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5 French Campsites to Consider for 2018

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Thinking of heading abroad next summer? The experts at coolcamping.com share their favourite independent French campsites to book before it’s too late

It’s never too early to dream about summer camping holidays and, when it comes to the best independently-run little campsites, we’ve learnt the hard way that busy dates and bank holidays have a knack of filling up fast. So, to help you bag those early bird ferry deals and secure a sought-after pitch, we’ve asked the experts at coolcamping.com for their favourite campsites in France for 2018. From the riverbanks of the Dordogne to the mountains of the Pyrénées, these small-scale campsites are some of the best in the country – booking far in advance is highly recommended…

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Mountain Biking in Swinley Forest

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A guide to mountain biking in Swinley Forest 

Just an hour outside of London, you’ll find Swinley Forest trail centre in Bracknell, Surrey. One of the best trail centres in the south of England, Swinley Forest offers fast, flowing trails that are ideal in all weathers.

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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Walkers

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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.

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 44: Outdoor Men

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This week’s theme in our weekly photo challenge 

You may remember earlier this year we celebrated International Women’s Day with our ‘outdoor women‘ theme, and it was great to see so many photos submitted. Now it’s the turn of International Mens Day, so in a similar theme – we wanted to see your best ‘Outdoor Men’ photos and selfies, here were some of our favourites.

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Which Style of Bike is Right for Me?

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If you’re looking for a bike this Christmas, you may be wondering where to  start. It’s not always easy to choose the right one when there are so many styles on offer. So which one should you pick?

When choosing a new bike or picking one for someone else, you need to have a think about what the rider will want to achieve, and where the bike might be ridden.

Let’s take a look at the different styles we have on offer here at ‘GO’.

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Get Your Bike Ready for Winter

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Tips to get your bike ready for the winter months

The temperature has dropped and in the words of the Stark family; ‘winter is coming’, but that doesn’t mean you have to retire your bike for the season.

Here are some tips to get your bike ready for winter:

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Winter Walking Safety Tips

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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:

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#ScrapbookOutdoors Week 43: Wrap Up Warm

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Our favourite photos from our photo challenge this week

As the temperature drops, we keep on adventuring. So we for this theme we wanted to see your ‘wrap up warm’ photos, showing off your new or trusted winter gear. It was amazing to see so many of you still out and enjoying the outdoors. Here are some of our favourite photos:

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Be Safe, Be Seen: Cycling

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Tips for staying safe when out on your bike this winter

It’s that time of year where the hours of daylight are getting shorter, making it increasingly important to stay safe when out on your bike, especially if you are a commuter. Chances are if you cycle to work then you either set off in the dark in the morning or at least ride home in the dark – maybe even both. Here are some safety tips for cycling in the dark:

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#GOCycleChallenge for BBC Children in Need

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GO HQ Raises Funds for BBC Children in Need 

This year GO Outdoors has committed to being an official retailer of the BBC Children in Need Official Ramble Hat as well as doing all we can to help raise vital funds for those that need it the most. There are plenty of fundraising activities going on across office and stores in the buildup to Children in Need night, including a 923 mile stationary bike challenge at GO HQ.

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