Stacey MacNaught

Stacey’s a hiking enthusiast and mother of 3. She’s obsessed with bagging munros and crossing ridges. She also runs a recreational women’s football team, has been involved in coaching junior football.
Hiking Blog

Blue Door and Rocks of Solitude Walk – Edzell

Edzell is a beautiful village in Angus, just on the border of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. There’s a popular walking route there known as the Blue Door Walk. I took a jaunt on a longer circular from Edzell village, to the blue door and up to the rocks of solitude along the North Esk River. Here’s how it went.

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solo female hiker in winter
Hiking Blog

7 Reasons to LOVE Winter Hiking in the UK

Winter hiking can be brutal. And for those of us (erm, me) who particularly love hiking on warm days with loads of long daylight hours, winter might not be our favourite season. But here are 7 reasons to love hiking in the UK in winter.

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female hiker looking at a map in the mountains
Hiking Blog

Hiking Time Calculator using Naismith’s Rule

Here’s a handy little hiking time calculator based on Naismith’s rule! How accurate is it? Well, as ever, these things depend on your own fitness and so forth. But I’ve always found Naismith’s rule to be a handy benchmark to aim for in terms of time for any given route.

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Crib Lem Spur-min
Hiking Blog

Crib Lem Spur Scramble (Llech Ddu Spur)

In a bid to bag as many of the UK’s finest scrambles as possible, I headed to the Crib Lem Spur (Llech Ddu Spur) in Snowdonia on a very, very hot and sunny Friday. Here’s my take on this spectacular scramble and the wider hiking route that takes in 3 of the Welsh 3000s (Carnedd Dafydd, Carnedd Llewelyn and Yr Elen)

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exposure on aonach eagach-min
Climbing

8 of the Best Scrambles in the UK

Love a bit of scrambling? I do! Maybe it’s the fresh air and adrenaline combination. Maybe it’s the views. Whatever the reason, I am hooked on scrambling.

Here’s my take on the UK’s 8 best Grade 1 or 2 scrambles (covering England, Scotland and Wales).

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jack's rake
Hiking Blog

Jack’s Rake Scramble up Pavey Ark

Jack’s Rake is an incredibly fun scramble up the face of Pavey Ark in the Lake District’s Langdales. It has been on the list for a while so I took a sunny morning off to go and get this one in the bag. Here’s the route I took and review of the morning.

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Tryfan North Ridge Cannon Stone
Hiking Blog

Tryfan North Ridge Scrambling and Hiking Route

Tryfan’s North Ridge route offers up some absolutely spectacular scrambling and incredible views. So I was delighted to stick the out of office on and head over there for a hiking morning on a sunny May Friday. Here’s how it went!

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Hiking Blog

Hiking Gear Storage Ideas

Got way more hiking gear than you need and a potential addiction to acquiring more? Yes, me too. So I’ve been having a little nosey at storage ideas and here are some cracking ones.

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Football

6 Ways to Keep Kids Calm Before a Big Game

Cup final season in the junior football calendar is upon us. A big came can be a nerve wracking thing for an adult player, so imagine that pressure for the first time amongst the youngest players in the game! We talk tips for keeping kids calm before cup finals and other big games.

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Blencathra Via Halls Fell Ridge with a child
Hiking Blog

Blencathra Via Hall’s Fell Ridge (With a Child)

Having done Sharp Edge up to Blencathra last year, I wanted to head back and explore some other routes. My 8 year old also wanted to level up his scrambling and try a ridge. Hall’s Fell Ridge is less exposed (though more sustained) than Sharp Edge, so we headed out in April 2023 to scramble our way to the summit.

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under 8s football goalkeeper
Football

Everything You Need to Know About Under 8s Football in England

Under 8s football adheres to the FA laws of “Mini Soccer,” which determine the age of players, time limits on games and other things too. Got a child going into under 8s football or considering it? Here’s everything you need to know about football at this level in England.

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aonach eagach ridge from drone
Hiking Blog

Crossing Aonach Eagach Ridge – Wow!

I finally ticked off a big hiking wish list item and scrambled my way across the Aonach Eagach ridge. Reputedly mainland Britain’s longest, narrowest ridge, I knew to expect a tough scramble and lots of exposure. But how was it? Here’s how I found the difficulty, exposure and route on Aonach Eagach.

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Climbing

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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portable power banks for charging while hiking
Hiking Blog
Stacey MacNaught

Best Portable Charging Banks for Hiking

Traditionalists may not like it! But personally, I don’t like to risk being stuck on a hill or mountain with a dead phone or head torch battery. So I like to carry a portable charging device (or 2, or 3) with me. Here are the best portable charging banks for hiking that I’ve used. (And I’ve used a lot, by the way).

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