autumn outdoors

7 Awesome Things to do Outdoors this Autumn

Autumn is here! It’s here, it’s here! Can you tell that we’re a little bit excited by this? It’s just that autumn is one of our favourite times to get out and about in the great outdoors. The cool, crisp mornings; the autumn dew and of course not forgetting the spectacular colours. It’s such a wonderful time to enjoy the gifts of nature. Wondering what you can do to make the most of your time outdoors this autumn? Read on for our top suggestions!

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one pot campfire cooking

8 of the Best Delicious One Pot Wonders for your Campfire Stove

Eating under the stars is one of the true joys of camping. Unfortunately though many of the recipes we’d make at home with a fully equipped kitchen don’t always lend themselves too well to campfire cooking. Which is why we love our one pot wonders: meals that can be cooked in a single pot, over the campfire, with very little preparation, faffing about or worrying about timings and washing up. What’s not to love?! So here’s a potted guide to our favourite one pot campfire meals.

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Summer foraging

Your Guide to Summer Foraging

Late summer is drawing near and what a great time to get outdoors foraging. With so many plants ripe with juicy fruits, it’s the perfect time to practice your foraging skills and learn about gathering and eating exactly as Mother Nature intended. Let’s take a look at some of the best natural gifts on offer amongst the colourful, brimming hedgerows, along with some tips on foraging etiquette.

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Campfire games

6 of the Best Campfire Games to Play this Summer

Sitting around the campfire with friends and family is the stuff that lifetime memories are made of, and adding in a few campfire games can really help to get the laughter flowing. It’s a great idea to plan a few campfire games ahead of your trip so you’ve got entertainment at the ready and so you can make sure your evenings don’t fizzle out with the last burning embers of your campfire! Here’s a selection of our favourites to get you started.

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natural insect repellent

Campers! How to Keep those Pesky Bugs at Bay this Summer.

Biting bugs can be pesky little creatures, never more so than when you’re spending time under canvas. But, as we very well know, part and parcel of loving the great outdoors is to love all creatures great and small, even if we’d rather not love them within our tent. So, rather than creating a huge buzz about bugs, why not look into some natural ways to keep them and their bites at bay? We’ve got some great ones for you!

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UK road trips

On the Road Again: A Guide to the Best UK Road Trips

The weather’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and of course that means our feet are getting a little itchy! Have you thought about a UK road trip? While the South of France is blue and warm and Scandinavia offers all sorts of adventures, be sure not to overlook the beauties on our very own doorstep. Many an adventurer has said that the UK holds some of the greatest treasures in terms of landscapes, natural beauty and picturesque architecture. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to hit the road!

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Bushcraft

Bushcraft: A Complete Guide

If you really want to get down and dirty with the great outdoors, then bushcraft needs to be a skill that you have under your belt. Whether you just want to get some basic skills such as fire starting within your outdoorsy repertoire, or perhaps want to go the whole hog and learn some advanced bushcraft skills, if you are a lover of the great outdoors, a few bushcraft skills will certainly help you to make the most of your time in the bush.

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Caravan security

Must-Read Advice on Keeping your Treasured Caravan or Campervan Secure

It’s an unfortunate fact that caravans and campervans are a popular target for thieves. It’s easy to see why, when you consider that your treasured home on wheels is not only valuable in its own right, but it’s also usually filled with stacks of precious things too. So, how to rest easy knowing that you’ve that you’ve done everything you can to keep it safe and sound? Read on for top tips and advice gathered from the internet’s best crime prevention peeps in the know.

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The Countryside Code: Much More than Just Closing Gates

We’re all lovers of the countryside here. But respecting it is even more important which is why the Countryside Code is in place. As much as we are massive advocates of getting out and about in the countryside, it’s essential we remember that what we do on our rural travels can affect the lives and livelihoods of those that live and work in rural communities. The Countryside Code is just closing the odd gate, right? Wrong! It’s actually a detailed code of conduct, which, as lovers of the great outdoors, we should all be aware of and adhere to at all times. Let’s take a look at the finer detail of the big countryside rule book.

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outdoors

New Year, New Outdoor Kit: A Shopper’s Guide for Your 2019 Outdoor Adventures

It’s the start of a New Year, and with that comes the prospect of new adventures. And with new adventure comes a need for new kit! Out with the old and in with the new and all that! Now is the time to start planning what you need for the year ahead. Even if you have a decent supply from previous years, there will no doubt be little extras you’ll need, or stuff you’ve been meaning to treat yourself to. So why not make it your New Year’s resolution to indulge yourself with some of these little beauties…?

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Nature tech

5 Must-Have Tech Innovations for Your Outdoor Adventures in 2019

As much as we love getting back to nature, there’s something about outdoor technology that, well, pushes our buttons! We love being a great outdoors technology geek: after all, anything that makes life easier and helps us enjoy the outdoors even more can only be a good thing, right? So, as it’s almost the start of a brand new year, it’s time to get familiar with some brand new technology. Here are our top techy picks for your outdoor adventures in 2019…

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store camping gear

How to Store Your Camping Gear Over Winter – a Useful Guide

There’s a chilly snap in the morning air. A crunch underfoot. The leaves on the trees are golden, russet and red and shimmering in the low autumn sun. It can only mean one thing for the warm weather camper… time to pack the gear away till next year! And the key to ensuring successful adventures next year – and in years to come – is to make sure we store our camping gear with care. Ready to house your outdoor adventure gear for the winter? Follow our guide!

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Countryside walking

A Guide to Walking Near Livestock

One of the joys of walking in the countryside is being surrounded by wildlife. When walking in rural areas, we can both expect to see and enjoy seeing various animals, especially livestock. Cows, horses and sheep are all part of working country life, and although it’s a joy to be around such creatures, it can also be a little unnerving at times and there are certain things you need to know. It’s important to be mindful of livestock when out walking, but if you follow a few simple rules, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a meadow walk or a stroll amongst the livestock in peace. After all, we can all get on, man and beast!

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Bushcraft

Bushcraft Practice: Basic Skills to Master Before you get out in the Wild

If you’ve got any time in the great outdoors planned over the next few months, how good would it be to have some basic bushcraft skills down pat before you go? Unless you’ve been on a bushcraft course or have studied everything ever written by Ray or Bear, chances are you’ll be lacking the fundamentals, and bushcraft really is something that can benefit everyone, whether you’re wild camping, overlanding or on a country hike. So, to your back gardens all! It’s time to get some skills under your belts before you head off out.

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Single use plastic

While You’re Outdoors… Pick up Some Plastic!

As an outdoors lover, you’re no doubt aware of the scale of the single use plastic problem. We’ve all seen the disturbing posts on social media, and with everyone from Surfers Against Sewage to the Women’s Institute on the case against single use plastics, it’s never far from the mind’s eye. But aside from switching to reusable drinking straws and a water flask, there is something else that you can do to help the plastic problem. While you’re out and about enjoying the great outdoors… please pick up some plastic!

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hammock

Why Spending Your Outdoor Nights in a Hammock is Good for You

There’s something wonderfully freeing about sleeping in the open air. Combine this with spending an outdoor night in a hammock, and you’re in for a real treat of a sleep! Whether you’re a seasoned camper, or enjoy a peaceful night under the stars in your own back garden, it’s well worth considering the relaxing experience of sleeping in a hammock. But don’t just take our word for it; people have been sleeping in hammocks for centuries, and here’s why…

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Woodland Wonder: Five Interesting (and Useful) Things to do when you go Down to the Woods

For many of us outdoors lovers, being in amongst woodland comes as second nature. Indeed for many, outdoors types or not, spending time in the fresh air and being at one with nature is considered beneficial and enjoyable. But what if there was even more you could do in the great outdoors? Here are some of our favourite woodland activity suggestions to help you do just that. So, if you go down to the woods today, you might just find yourself a little surprised by what you can learn…

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Outdoor play

Why Being Outdoors is Great for Kids, Whatever the Weather.

It’s natural to associate the winter months and rainy days with colds and flu-like bugs. But actually it’s being indoors in warm environments where bacteria thrives that tends to lead to catching the lurgy. So why not make sure your kids are wrapped up warm and guarded against chills, then get them outside to play? The benefits are many, and even the Royals are at it.

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Bushcraft events 2018

Bushcraft and Outdoor Adventure Gatherings: Your 2018 At-a-Glance Guide

It’s that time of year when we have everything to look forward to, and when the programmes for all the events centred on all we adore start being released. We’ve gathered up a selection of what we think look like THE do-not-miss happenings so far for 2018. See what you think, and if you have any suggestions of your own, please head over to our Facebook page and share them!

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Myth and Legend: It’s all in the Woods (and here’s a list of the best places to discover it!)

Ever wondered why it feels so good to go into the woods? Why it seems so magical? Well maybe it’s because the stuff of legends is born there. What do we mean? Well, if you go down to the woods today, you’re more than likely stepping into a setting of myth and legend. In the deepest, darkest depths of the forest, there lives many a tale of intrigue and magic, all waiting to be discovered. So we’ve done a bit of research, and just for you here is a rundown of what we’ve come up with as a top five of where to discover those mythical, magical fantasy woodland worlds.

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Nature Therapy: It’s Official, Spending Time in Nature Has Scientific Benefits

So, it seems the science boffins have managed to prove what us outdoor lovers have known for ages: spending time in nature does wonders for your health and mental well-being! With everything from reduced stress to improved short term memory, it seems there is a lot to be said for ‘nature therapy’. Here’s why you can safely tell your friends and family that being outdoors is THE way to spend the forthcoming year.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for the Outdoor Enthusiasts in Your Life

Whether you’re looking to buy for someone who, like you, loves the great outdoors, or hoping to leave a not-so-subtle Christmas list of your own lying around where a potential gift-giver might find it, there are some excellent bits of kit and experiences out there which any outdoor enthusiast would love to find under the tree this Christmas. Here we explore the best of them.

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