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Climbing
Stacey MacNaught

5 Climbing Centres in and Around Manchester

Love a bit of indoor climbing? Well those of you fortunate enough to live in or near to Manchester are spoilt for choice when it comes to climbing centres. Here are some of the best available within easy reach of the city.

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Hiking
Stacey MacNaught

Crib Goch Ridge – How Difficult is It?

I hiked across Crib Goch in July 2022 as part of a Snowdon route. I’ve done a lot of mountain hiking but this was only my third exposed ridge. Beautiful and exhilarating with the weather conditions on my side, this is how I found the crossing.

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Football
Stacey MacNaught

That Time the FA Banned Women’s Football…

As 68,800+ people packed out Old Trafford to cheer on England women’s team in their Euro 2022 opener, it’s important that we reflect on just how far the women’s game has come. And let’s not forget that 101 years ago, the FA effectively banned the women’s game. That ban would go on to last half a century. Here’s the story of how a factory football team of ladies became the catalyst for an FA ban on the women’s game.

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Hiking
Stacey MacNaught

Is the CMD Arête to Ben Nevis Difficult?

The UK’s highest mountain by its most spectacular hiking route. That’s what the CMD arête to Ben Nevis promises. But how is it in reality? And how does it fare for beginners? I hiked to Ben Nevis via Carn Mor Dearg and the CMD arête. Here’s how I found what was my first notable ridge hike.

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Hiking
Stacey MacNaught

Striding Edge – How Dangerous is it?

Striding Edge is a popular ridge route to the summit of England’s third highest mountain, Helvellyn.

But how’d you get there? How safe is it? And who is it suitable for.

We took a little wander out there to take on Striding Edge for ourselves and here’s our take on it along with some photos and video from a sunny day on Helvellyn.

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Our Writers and Editors

It’s really important to us that our content is created by people who know and love their topics. So we source contributions from external experts as well as having our own in house writers who cover their own areas of expertise. If ever we’re offering up health or fitness advice, we want to know it’s coming from someone qualified to give it. So we work with doctors and personal trainers as well. Some of our writers and listed below.

Stacey MacNaught

Stacey MacNaught

Hiker

Stacey is a keen hiker and mountain ridge walker. She’s also Assistant Coach for an U8s team undertaking FA coaching training and an advocate for accessible sports for all.

Christopher Czermak

Tennis player & coach

Christopher is an enthusiastic tennis player and qualified coach. He’s been playing since the age of 6 and now shares his love of the sport with other aspiring players. 

Dr Andres Maldonado

Dr Andres Maldonado

Doctor

Andres Maldonado is a a doctor currently located in Venezuela and working at the country’s International Unit of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. He writes for us on anything health related.

Melanie Gilder

personal trainer

Melanie Gilder is a qualified personal trainer and dance teacher who specialises in female fitness. She works with clients to achieve improved fitness as well as weight loss. She writes for us on fitness tips and advice

Our Footballing Life

Football. From 6 year olds running around on a Sunday morning to the mighty England women’s team selling out stadiums, football has a special place in our hearts. Here’s where we share articles, features and news on football.

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Our Hiking Life

Hiking. From gentle flat trails to mountain ridges, getting out on foot can be the most relaxing or the most exhilarating way to experience the scenery around you. We love a good hike. And in our hiking blog, we share trails, reviews, hints and tips on all things hiking.

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Research

Our Statistics and Research