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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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Sports

4 Tips for Getting into Scuba Diving

So you want to start scuba diving? It’s sadly not as easy as just turning up and heading under water. So here are 4 tips for those thinking about making a foray into the wonderful underwater world of scuba.

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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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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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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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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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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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Football

The Lionesses World Cup Squad Ranked – by Instagram Followers

There’s high hopes back home for the Lionesses in the World Cup. But with a few key players missing due to injury, it could be a tough tournament for the Europeans champions. Still, we’ve got quite the squad! And here they are ranked – but not on performance on the pitch! We’ll let the pundits do that. Instead we’ve looked at the Instagram followings of the England World Cup Squad.

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Sports

Returning to Sport After a Serious Injury – What You Need to Know

If you’ve been out of your beloved sport or game as the result of a serious injury, then no doubt you can’t wait to get back to it. But an injury-induced hiatus can also result in many return-to-play nerves. What if you injure yourself again? What special measures do you need to take? And so on. In this article we talk about the most important information you need when returning to sport after a serious injury.

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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
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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