Kentmere MTB

Mountain biking, squelchy feet and soap bubbles

After days of warm sunshine and incredible views, the weather had broken. We’d booked a cottage for a week in the peaceful hamlet of Kentmere and had luckily caught the end of the incredible weather to walk the Kentmere Horseshoe (link to post here), but then the heavy rain arrived. The first day it came was…

View from Nan Bield Pass

Kentmere Horseshoe, a perfect mountain day

With the arrival of March came Spring, lighter nights and the first real sunny t-shirt weekend of the year. Happily, it also coincided with us booking a week away in the sleepy Lake District hamlet of Kentmere. Located in the South Eastern part of the Lake District, Kentmere is tucked away in a corner which…

Tody's Wall, Froggatt

Climbing in the Peak District: 5 great gritstone crags

For me, February was always the month when a metaphorical shrug of the shoulders meant that my winter coat was ditched and life moved back outdoors. Since starting mountain biking regularly again, it’s become less of an marker in my calendar (kitting up and continuing to ride outside through winter is just the norm) but for all those years…

Rad8 504 Photochromic glasses

Outdoor Products Reviews

One of the things I love about my job is when designers, manufacturers and retailers of technical outdoor kit ask me to get involved in product testing and reviews. You might think that it’s all about the nice little packages which arrive in the post.  Yes,  of course that’s a nice bonus to it, but…

Women’s Bike Maintenance Course

On a recent women’s group mountain bike ride, we were all chatting about our knowledge (or rather lack of knowledge) about bike maintenance and whether one of us would know what to do if somebody suffered a major mechanical problem. We reckoned that between us, we could have fixed a puncture….but a snapped chain or…

Ambassador for Rad8

Rad8 Mountain Biking Glasses

I’m excited to announce that Rad8 recently invited me to join their ambassador programme to test and develop their range of mountain biking glasses. Rad8 is a small company, borne out of the desire by one person to find a pair of glasses which were light and comfortable, adaptive to the light conditions, gave good…

Odyssey cover

Great climbing videos

With the Christmas holidays on the horizon, our days are often filled with preparation, celebration and catching up with family and friends.  Add in the winter months and it’s no surprise that for many, getting outdoors can be difficult over the festive period. However, those long dark nights give us a great opportunity to curl…

5 Outdoor adventure books by male authors

Hot on the heels of my post earlier this week about 5 of my favourite outdoor adventure books by female authors, it’s time to talk about some of my favourite books by male authors. 1. The Totem Pole by Paul Pritchard When he won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature in 1997, Paul Pritchard…

5 Outdoor adventure books written by women

Over the years, I’ve read some fantastic books about people’s adventures in the outdoors. Personally, I make no distinction between gender when it comes to reading about outdoor adventures and enjoy books written by both male and female authors. However, it is good sometimes to read a book when you can identify better with the…

Bike Packing

5 Wild Camping Tips

Following on from my earlier blog about Wild Camping Alone as promised, here are a few tips and some background information which I’ve picked up through my own experiences: 1. Check the weather forecast Ok, so you might think this that this goes without saying but for my first solo wild camp I checked the…