A magical woodland hideaway : The North Star Club

Adventure wakes me up physically, mentally and spiritually and brings me to life. I crave new challenges, eye-opening experiences and adrenaline. However, on returning from my 2 week expedition in the Arctic, frostbitten, exhausted, and emotionally drained, I needed something a bit out of the ordinary to rejuvenate me. I’m not usually one for extraordinary…

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Snowmageddon: Excuse for an adventure?

It’s been a doozy of a week weather-wise. The Beast from the East, Storm Emma, Snowmageddon, people panic buying bread and milk then realising all they have to consume is bread and milk, schools closed, roads blocked, emergency services at capacity. After my recent trip to Arctic Norway, with temperatures as low as -32 and…

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New Years Eve Outdoors

What do you think when you think about New Year’s Eve? Perhaps it conjures up images of battling the crowds in Central London, waiting around in the cold for several hours while guzzling tinnies of Red Stripe, trying in vain to find a pub that will let you use their toilets, losing your friends as…

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5 Reasons to base your Loch Ness visit in Fort Augustus

Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s most famous bodies of water, owing to the one we all like to call Nessie. There are plenty of towns and villages around its 56.4 square kilometres, but I heard about Fort Augustus on a recommendation. I didn’t know what to expect, but it surpassed anything I had imagined.…

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Climbing Slieve Donard

I have always loved the Northern Irish accent, but beyond history, politics and ‘The Troubles’, I didn’t know much about Northern Ireland. But when I won a 2 night stay there through The Yes Tribe (who I have talked about before in this post), it was the perfect opportunity to see what Ulster had to…

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Wild Camping Tips for Newbies

There are some great resources out there from seasoned wild campers that will help you get out of the concrete box you live in, and spend a night under the stars. From Al Humphries to Phoebe Smith to Anna McNuff, there is a growing movement encouraging anyone who will listen to escape the mundane and…

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Hiking Bath – The Skyline Walk

What do you think of when you think of the city of Bath? The Romans? Jane Austen? Lads on a stag do? The city has a lot to offer, from culture, history and architecture to food, nightlife and shopping. As cities go, Bath is pretty special. The Royal Crescent is an iconic landmark, having featured…

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Salomon Sunset Series: Box Hill

I was a seasoned runner once. I trained nearly every day at varying distances and speeds and recorded my splits and times and wasn’t happy if I didn’t achieve what I wanted. Entering the Salomon Sunset Series 10k race at Box Hill was a welcome antidote to the notions of failure I have had around my running…

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Walk Wild Weekend

They say that in life, the magic happens when you’re out of your comfort zone. I am sure this is true –  sleeping up a Cotswolds hill in the sub-zero January winter was anything but comfortable, but it has sparked something in me that I can’t ignore. I spent the weekend on a trip led…

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Wild Camping in the Peak District

This time last week, I was sitting next to my good friend Mags, having just watched the sun set over a breathtaking valley, immersing us in darkness, apart from the glow of the full moon. Today I’m holed up with a cold and bad throat, dealing with eye watering bills and overthinking about a job…

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