The coast is a popular holiday destination for families and there is no chance this trend is ever going to end, us Brits just love a beach holiday and spending time beside the seaside. With so much to do and many coastal locations situated in the UK - we have put together a list of 10 reasons why the coast makes for the perfect holiday destination.
Tents are probably the most expensive single piece of camping equipment you're going to buy and other than your footwear the one that's most essential. A good qaulity tent that's well looked after is an investment and to get the most out of it requires a little care. Here are a few simple tips to help make your expensive purchase last for years of adventure.
I booked a holiday! Well that's how it started out anyway.
I tried taking a break last year but after 3 days on the South Wales Coast I was bored and went home early and most of those three days were spent gear testing for reviews. It's one of the dangers of being an outdoors journalist; you holiday doing the same things you spend your time writing about and inevitably you take photos. Photos become write ups and suddenly your holiday is just work in a different place. It happened back in 2005 when Stu Thomas, now our Cycling Editor, and I decided to holiday in MacGillcuddy's Reeks and were joined by Jake Meyer and it's a formula that's repeated itself ever since.
Sat between the Thun and Brienz Lakes, the town of Interlaken looks small and remote on the map; a town of just 5000 people close to the centre of this mountainous country but for the adventure seeker and adrenaline junkie it's a worldwide magnet in a chocolate box setting.
Some time, long ago, so the legend has it, a young lady from a nunnery above Interlaken ventured onto the hills and attracted the attention of an ogre living on a neighbouring hill. To protect the nun from the ogre a monk climbed the mountain between them to stand in its way. And so the names of the Jungfrau (young woman) Monch (monk) and Eiger (ogre) were born.
It's impossible to mention the name Zermatt without thoughts immediately turning to the Matterhorn, the iconic "Toblerone mountain" that defines the town. Supported by Switzerland Tourism and Zermatt Tourism we continued our annual series of long-weekend autumn alpine adventure tours to possibly the most English of Swiss towns to see just how much fun you can pack into 3 days.
One of the great joys of adventure is the planning process; all the possible scenarios running through your mind and the anticipation rising. Unfortunately, however, in Britain the weather seldom plays along with even our best made plans. A week of planned warm weather can dissipate into isolated days at any time of the year but in spring, in particular, you're often better off planning a smash and grab raid on adventure when the sun shines. If you're looking for something new, though, you're in the right place in Britain with a whole catalogue of adventures you can sample in a day. Whether you want to try out a potential new hobby or just step outside your comfort zone for a day the adventure industry has been quietly adding new and exciting adventures around the country that you can sample in a day.
As I wasn’t able to make it to Friedrichshafen I happily meandered through the reports and reviews that came out during and after the exhibition. There were a couple of innovative products that stood out. This all in one sleep system from a Swiss company Polarmond was the one, for me, that was a breath of fresh air. It took the OutDoor Industry Gold award at the exhibition.
I love the Tour de France but as a spectator sport road cycling is rubbish. On the television it looks amazing as the roads are lined with spectators waving flags, cheering on their favourite riders and taking selfies. Who can forget the scenes in Yorkshire last year as thousands attended the biggest free sporting event in the world but what you don’t see on the box is the real truth.
In a follow up to the article The MyOutdoors Guide to Chamonix between the seasons from Dave and James, one of our Mountaineering Team, Alan 'Tosh' McIntosh and his wife Sam, headed for the Alps earlier this year. Alan describes how they developed their Alpinism skills from Ice Climbing to Snowshoeing to an Introduction to Skiing with details of the areas they visited and some costs associated with their experiences.