Walking

Great summer walking boots for women

2 May , 2013  

Women’s walking boots should be made to fit – and these days many brands offer a good selection of female-specific boots.  Most women are created with a slimmer foot than their male counterparts. Women are also, on average, lighter than the guys. So a female-specific summer walking boot should be lightweight and slimmer-fit. When walking […]

Macs Adventure, Walking

Whisky and Walking Day Six: The Final Dram | Craigellachie – Dufftown Loop

2 May , 2013  

After the best breakfast ever of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, I set off back to Aberlour then up quiet farm roads and into the snow of Conval woods. The forest was soft and muffled and this was splendid walking: crunch crunch creak creak, just me there making fresh prints, then down across the moor to […]

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Whisky and Walking Day Day Five: Lovely Weather for a Sleigh Ride Together | Ballindaloch to Craigellachie

1 May , 2013  

I woke to a white world – it had snowed all night. The trees were burdened with snow on this long section following the disused railway track, and big flakes fell steadily for hours turning everything into a fairytale frosted landscape. Mine were the only footprints. I was walking deep into the heart of whisky country. Speyside […]

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Cycling, News

New map of Scotland’s wild land areas

30 Apr , 2013  

What is wild land? What does a wilderness area mean to you? Which wild land areas should be safeguarded against modern developments and conserved for the benefit of nature and outdoors fans? All these questions have been addressed by conservation group Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and this week a new map showing the main areas […]

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Whisky and Walking Day Four:The First Dram | Ballindaloch to Glenlivet

30 Apr , 2013  

Over the hills to Glenlivet: a narrow track up and up, through the heather. The snow had drifted deep into the track, a thin crust of it that held then broke, sinking me to the calves.   Plates of ice covered the boggy hollows. I smashed them with my boot: “Spring is here, haven’t you […]

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Whisky and Walking Day Three Extra: After the Bath

29 Apr , 2013  

Pathfinding: it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it. Did I mention the bit about gazing through the windows at snowcapped mountains from the dining room? I did? The amuse-bouches on the table (posh French for little treats while you wait for your starters )? The candles, the fresh flowers? Nowhere else to […]

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Whisky and Walking Day Three: The Big Squeeze

26 Apr , 2013  

This was just a teeny bit of a navigational challenge, or at least an observational one: a twisting turning rocky boggy humpy bumpy route with a lot of short steep ascents thrown in. One more, in fact, than was necessary : in Garvault Woods I puffed up an extremely steep track, scooping handfuls of snow […]

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Whisky and Walking Day Two: The Road Out

26 Apr , 2013  

I pulled back the curtains to see a grey dawn and sprinkling of overnight snow. What a contrast to yesterday! Aviemore seemed grey. But once out of town – and there are those cruel cruel people who say that the best thing about Aviemore is the road out – I was walking through ancient woods […]

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Whisky and Walking Day One: Lou Reed on My Mind

25 Apr , 2013  

Enough about the whisky – let the walking begin. And what a beginning! After months of grey  dreary weather and freezing cold ( -7  the previous night), the sun shone on this third day of April and showed the Cairngorms in all their glory – blue sky, blue lochs, snow-capped mountains – real picture postcard […]

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Walking

Walk with the 101 England campaign

25 Apr , 2013  

A new campaign has been launched by Visit England, the country’s tourist board, to encourage people to “101 things”. The 101 Things to Do in England Before you go Abroad project began in January by asking people to suggest their favourite things to do and see. From this list, a shortlist was drawn up and […]

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Lake District Round Days 3 & 4

25 Apr , 2013  

Paraffin Pathfinder, Lake District Round, 10th March 2013 Day 3 & 4, Boot-Buttermere-Keswick   …..click on the photos for a better view Long day today…..              “ better get going early  “ “ “ “ “ ”   The sun struggles to warm Eskdale Mill in the village of Boot. […]

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Whisky and Walking :A Shameful Admission

22 Apr , 2013  

“Nice work if you can get it” – that was most people’s reaction when I told them I was pathfinding  for Mac’s new Whisky and Walking tour in the Cairngorms. Whisky and walking sounded an excitingly dangerous combination, as though you might lurch from distillery to distillery and well, do a bit of walking round snow-capped mountains […]

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Reasons for loving the South West Coast Path!

19 Apr , 2013  

Shimmering blue sea that makes you feel somewhere a bit more exotic!! Ogling and caving in to those delicious cream teas in tearooms all along the path – followed by… Ups and downs on the cliff-top paths to burn them off once you have given in! Theatre performances in the open-air with the waves crashing around you at […]

Cycling

New cycle routes in UK and France

18 Apr , 2013  

The growth of cycling in recent years has seemingly prompted a fast-expanding network of cycle routes. Or perhaps it’s the other way around, and the increase in cycle routes is boosting the amount of people taking to their bikes. Here we bring you a round up of a range of new cycle routes that we […]