Setting up camp

Wild Camping Alone

It’s exactly 12 months since my first solo wild camp. I remember the day well.  It was a glorious sunny day in December, with a similar forecast for the day after – a beautiful break in the weather right after a period of heavy rain and horrendous floods.  I had a burning desire to be…

Madison Flux Softshell Jacket

Madison Flux Softshell Jacket – product review

It’s no secret to anybody reading this blog (or seeing pictures on social media of me riding my mountain bike) that I absolutely love Madison Clothing’s technical mountain bike range. Back in November 2015, I wrote a review for the Madison Flo DWR baggy shorts I absolutely adore these shorts and wear them regularly until…

Mountain Bike Night Riding

One thing I’ve always loved about mountain biking is getting out on an evening ride after a long day at work.  However, come autumn when the nights draw in, evening rides always become an elusive beast and I wait with baited breath for mid-late March when, once more, the nights are light enough to squeeze…

EDZ Yeti Fleece

EDZ Yeti Fleece – product review

I was recently approached by EDZ, a family owned business based in Cumbria, to product test their Yeti fleece jacket. Described by EDZ as having “better heat retention than normal polar fleece” and “ideally suited for cold conditions” I was interested in testing out that theory, particularly as I’m the type of person who often…

Malham Cove

5 Reasons I love Malham

In celebration of the 62nd birthday of the Yorkshire Dales National Park today (16/11/16), I decided to write a post listing 5 reasons why I love the iconic beauty spot of Malham. I’ve met tons of people over the years who’ve known of Malham from their geography/geology lessons in school. For those of you who…

Outdoor First Aid Scenario

Outdoor First Aid Training

I’ve thought for years that I should learn basic first aid. However, that was pretty much as far as it ever got – thinking about it. With all the time I spent climbing (sometimes in remote places with just my climbing partner for company), or heading out into the hills for a walk (often on…

Newlands Valley, Lake District

5 places to walk away from the crowds

Like many people who enjoy the outdoors, I love spending time in some of the most popular walking areas of the UK. There’s a reason why the masses flock to the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District, Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales and Castleton in the Peak District.  They are beautiful places and well deserving…

Snowgoose - Nevis Range

7 Fabulous Cafes in the Scottish Highlands

Around a year ago, I wrote a post about 10 of my favourite cafes to visit after a day of adventures in Yorkshire, the Peak District, the Lake District or Wales.  When it was published, a few people asked if there was a similar list covering Scotland. At the time, I had no first hand…

Bike packing - looking for camp

Wild adventures on a mountain bike

Thwarted again! After finding our first planned option for an overnight camp in some woodland was fully walled in, with barbed wire all around and no gateway entrance, we’d cycled on to check out our second option – a deep valley leading up onto the moors.  However, the wide track had led to a footpath…

Loch Alsh

Recovering from a mountain bike accident

It’s been a strange old summer… On the one hand, it’s been perfect weather to be outdoors – honestly!  Loads of people have talked about the rubbish weather this summer, but wherever I’ve been (since around the end of May) it’s been sunny and warm with only the odd day of cooler wet conditions.  I’ve also…