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28 mini adventures you can do in winter

There are lots of things I love about winter: clear sunny days; beautiful light; a cosy pub with an open fire; starry nights; and who can forget our gin palace igloo built in early 2018 when the 'Beast from the East' made itself known. Despite these admittedly fab things to enjoy about winter, I have to … Continue reading 28 mini adventures you can do in winter

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Review: EDZ merino base layers

The weather here in the wilds of Yorkshire has turned colder this week and, with wind chill, the forecast temperatures are -7c. That's pretty cold, even for us hardy Yorkshire folk, so my layering system has to work extra efficiently. Get it wrong and it means that I'll either feel too cold to enjoy being … Continue reading Review: EDZ merino base layers

New mountain bike trail opens at Oakwell Hall, nr Leeds

Mountain bike advocacy group, Ride Kirklees, recently opened a new mountain bike trail on the northern boundary of Kirklees. Located in the grounds of the historic Oakwell Hall at Birstall (near Leeds) the new trail has been built by Bike Track (who built the trails at Leeds Urban Bike Park and Lady Cannings Cooking on Gas). At Oakwell Hall, the new blue graded … Continue reading New mountain bike trail opens at Oakwell Hall, nr Leeds

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Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist

Day: 7 Miles cycled: North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist: 32 miles Total miles: 151 miles Our overnight wild camp on a headland in Lochmaddy had been a fun location. It was right next to the ferry terminal, with access to the amazing (and spotless) toilet facilities of the marina near by. In hindsight, I wonder whether that … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist

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Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – North Uist and Berneray

Days: 5-6 Miles cycled: South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist: 37 miles North Uist (with a short hop onto Berneray): 31 miles Total miles: 119 miles Ever the late risers and slow packers, our fellow travellers at Howmore Hostel were on the road while we were still sorting ourselves out. Having calculated distances, we decided to make … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – North Uist and Berneray

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Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – Barra, Eriskay and South Uist

Days: 3-4 Miles cycled: Vatersay to North Barra: 16 miles North Barra, Eriskay and South Uist: 30 miles Total miles: 51 miles Loading up the bikes after a good rest on Vatersay, we left our island retreat, stopping briefly for a photograph in front of a sign marking the start of the Hebridean Way. We … Continue reading Bikepacking in the Outer Hebrides – Barra, Eriskay and South Uist