Seven Summits & Down Again
By Richard Johnson - Clothing & Outdoor Category Manager at Rutland OutdoorsLast year, I was kindly lent several pricy pieces of kit by the guys at Bramwell International for a trip I had planned. On my return I felt obliged to return the favour by writing a ‘quick’ blog on the bits I ...
Update from Cress
Cress Allwood is an Ambassador for Bramwell International and has set off on an adventure. Beginning with packing up her life and putting the essentials onto her bike, she will begin in Nepal, at some point make it to Patagonia and countless places in between, roaming where her wheels take her. ...
Ash Dieback Response
Many of you will now have heard of Ash Dieback fungal disease which is threatening Britain's 80 million Ash trees. The disease has been found at more than 100 locations throughout England, Wales & Scotland.Ash trees form a significant part of the country's woodland cover and are present in ...
An Evening with Adele & Ted
Bramwell International have for some time now
followed and supported Adele Pennington in her quest to become the first
British woman to climb all 14 of the worlds 8,000m peaks.Staff, retailers and friends recently spent an
extremely enjoyable and entertaining evening at Wilf's Cafe in ...
Coasts and Castle Bike route
Coasts and Castle Bike route followed by Hadrian’s Cycle route to Carlisle in CumbriaFollowing my cycle trip along the Danube last summer, and despite the very soggy UK summer, I decided I wanted to do another cycle trip. It wasn’t hard to find some friends to join me on this adventure, so although ...
Amanda's Big Ride
Sunday 22nd April saw the start of the biking adventure of a life time John O’Groats to Lands End in 12 days, finishing on Thursday 3rd May ( which incidentally was my birthday). I still don’t know how I was persuaded to do this but here I was 8.30am at the John O’Groats sign for our 1st official ...
Sticks and Sandals
'The Stick Book' by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks made its way down to Cornwall this Easter to keep a host of children entertained over the wedding weekend of our ambassadors from Bikeabout Chris Leakey to Liz Wilton.Picture of Chris and Liz Leakey by PhotobabyChris and Liz Leakey who cycled from ...
Where In The World Is Cress?
Where In The World Is Cress? - Adventure Blog by Cress AllwoodBlog 20: 1st May 2012 In Chile...route finding amidst disused mines and dirt tracks. I am having a brief stop in Illapel 'civilisation' for food before I head off. The 'washboard' tracks and constant snaking up & down ...
Bramwell International’s OnThe Hill Event for Retailers has its 3rd successful outing.
Retailers from the North of England were invited to take part in a training day on April 17th 2012 courtesy of Bramwell International, Distributors of Meindl footwear, Gregory packs and Source hydration & sandals. Amanda Bainbridge and Mike Rummery from Bramwell International gave an ...
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10 Tips to get your children playing outside
Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks authors of the fabulous 'Stick Book' have suggested 10 top tips to get little people inspired to 'Go Wild' and find adventures in the outdoors.We Suggest the Meindl Magic Junior Mid - the perfect outdoor adventuring shoes for little feet.1. Never say you are going for a ...
What to Pack for an adventure this Summer!
With the vagaries of the British weather, the only thing you can guarantee is that the weather during a weekend in the great Outdoors could very well vary from wind and rain to glorious sunshine. So, for a walk in the countryside this Spring don’t forget to pack a few of those essentials.A ...
Top Navigation Tips Using the Stars
Words, Photographs and Illustrations by Ben McNutt, guest Editor for Bramwell International and an advocate of Meindl Boots.Ben runs Bushcraft courses from the heart of The Lake District National Park as well as abroad. He and members of his staff use Meindl Garmisch and Meindl Glockner boots ...
'Going Wild' this Easter! Bramwell International Loves 'The Stick Book'
WIN one of 10 copies of this fabulous book by signing up to Bramwell International's E-newsletter CLICK HERE Every now and then, no matter how inspired you are by the great outdoors or how long you have lived, worked and played in it, you can still overlook or miss the little things that made ...
How to WIN with Winter Mountain Skills
In January 2012 'Trail' Magazine featured a competition sponsored by Bramwell International (distributors of Meindl footwear, Gregory back packs and Source hydration and Sandals). The prize was a winter Mountaineering weekend with Adele Pennington (BI Sponsored Mountaineer). Nev Harkin ...
Bramwell Family - An African Gear Test
Most people testing gear will go for a few days, maybe a few weeks, but Bramwell International director, Alastair Bramwell, believes that gear should really be tested to the point of exhaustion, this is why so many of our ambassadors are on journeys that span the globe and the ranges of ...
Bikeabout into the final leg of Auckland to Ambleside
Chris Leaky and Liz Wilton have been cycling for nearly two and a half years! So far they have cycled though incredible heat, lush tropics, harsh desert, sleet, snow and hail. Chris, as an 'ambassador' for Bramwell International, has been putting some Source sandals to the test as well as a ...
Bramwell Staff - Bramwell's overland in Africa
Alastair and Helen Bramwell with their three children arrived in Cairo on 1st September 2011 to begin their overland trip of Africa, they were closely followed by ‘Rosie’ the Toyota Land Cruiser who had travelled by boat. The adventures began at once from ‘how to drive in Africa’ lessons courtesy ...
Bramwell Staff - Niki Wilson - Adventures in Malaysia
Back packing with the Gregory cashe 28 & 22 around Malaysia was a bit of a luxury! In fact it was almost not really back packing. I have always had to trawl my pack to the opposite end of the airport from the departure gate to go through the ‘special oddly shaped luggage’ section. ...
Adele Pennington Reaches the summit of Makalu with her GREGORY INYO 35
Adele Pennington reaches summit of Makalu with her ‘GREGORY INYO 35’Well my Gregory Inyo 35 has certainly been a working pack. Never far from my back it has been by far the most comfortable ruck sack I have ever owned. Deciding which pack to take on an expedition to ...
Bramwell International receives thanks from Altrincham College Students and Staff for supporting them in a life changing experience
PRESS INFORMATION14 December 2011 Altrincham College of Arts Celebrates Opening of New Sixth Form by Sending Students on Outdoors Activity Weekend Sponsored by Bramwell InternationalOutward Bound Trust activity course helps students to improve leadership skills and boosts self-esteem and ...
Nature Adventures - Winter!
Winter Nature AdventuresA nature adventure can happen anywhere, anytime.Winter can be a cold, a bleak frozen landscape . . . but for most of the time our winter months are damp and wet, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to see. In town you may notice dense, chattering flocks of starlings ...
Adele Pennington summits her year at Buckingham Palace Reception
On the 8th December Adele nervously made her way down to Buckingham Palace where she had been invited to attend a reception for those involved in Exploration and Adventure. Leaving the comforts of her Meindl boots and Gregory back pack at home, Adele entered new territory and donned a cocktail ...
5 'UK's County Tops' by Cicerone books to GIVE AWAY!
WIN a copy of 'County Tops' by Cicerone Press by signing up to our E-Newsletter today! 5 copies to Give away!Walked all the Wainwrights? Collected all the Munros? How about reaching the top of all 91 historic counties of the UK?Wherever you find yourself in the UK among the Munros of Scotland, ...
Car Free Walks Winner of Meindl Boots shares her walks with Bramwell International
Mary Wakeling of Inverness is the very happy owner of a new pair of Meindl Burma Pro boots which she won through a competition with the on-line walk guide carfreewalks.org. She has sent her winning walks to Bramwell International for others to make use of and enjoy.Mary sent us a message ...
Altrincham College of the Arts Set for Adventure thanks to Bramwell International
Altrincham College of the Arts set of today from Cheshire for their three day Outward Bound Experience at OB Ullswater.A group of 28 Sixth Form students began their journey North at 10am this morning 7th October 2011. Head of Sixth Form Katherine Tovey did her best to put across the ...
Autumn Nature Adventures
A nature adventure can happen anywhere, any-time.Autumn is a magical time of year. It’s when the autumn winds begin to blow, causing many trees to lose their leaves and drop nuts and seeds. What could be better than an autumn forage, picking up acorns and conkers and gathering beautifully ...
Bramwell Staff - Heather Palmer - Cycling the Danube
Heather Palmer, Bramwell International's Operations Manager spent two weeks cycling the Danube from Passau (Germany) to Budapest (Hungary). Wearing her Source Gobi Sandals and Meindl socks (although she has claimed that they were not worn at the same time).Heathers trip covered 468.5 ...
New for 2012 Meindl Sales Team Review
Meindl KansasNew colour upper edition to the Men’s Kansas for SS12. Waxed brown Nubuck leather gives a stylish overhaul to an increasingly popular boot at a great price point.Meindl Softline LightSS12 sees a new edition to the Meindl Softline family. The Softline light features a new ...
Bramwells In Africa
PRESS INFORMATION9th September 2011Director of Bramwell International Embarks on a Journey through AfricaAlastair Bramwell takes time out from the business to travel across East AfricaAvid outdoor enthusiast and co-owner of leading outdoor distributor Bramwell International, Alastair Bramwell is ...
Bramwell International's Matt Dooley - UTMB TDS 2011
The last week of august I headed off to Chamonix with my Miwok 18 full of lightweight kit to run the Ultra Tour de Mont Blanc TDS race, 110km with 7500 metres of ascent, starting in Courmayeur and running around the back of Mont Blanc to Chamonix within 30 hours.The day of the race was a hot one 36 ...
July Competition Winner Sends Thanks
Thank you so much for the wonderful prize to spend a day 'wild fooding' with Fergus. I am so excited and have arranged for my partner to join me for the experience. My partner and I leave next week for a ten month round the world adventure. Tom will start by walking the GR11 route for 45 days ...
Bramwell Staff on Adventures - Hilda Carse in Orkney
Tall Ships, Sheep, Sunshine, Sea-shanties & Seals (& seashores)The influence of the sea is everywhere in Orkney – in the light, wildlife, history & archaeology even the lovely jewellery & textiles.The light brings out the colours – cows of every shade wallow in seas of wildflowers ...
Adele Pennington To Reach Ever Higher Peaks
PRESS INFORMATION4th August 2011Bramwell International Sponsors 1st British Female Attempt to Conquer All '14 - 8,000m Peaks' and '7 Summits'Leading outdoor distributor Bramwell International is sponsoring Adele Pennington, leading British female high altitude climber, in her plans to become the ...
Bramwell Staff on Adventures - Sam Pooley in Peru
Sam Pooley from Bramwell International has been on a trek to Peru with Latin LinkThis is the 1st, very late and probably only instalment of Sam´s BI Peru blog. Hopefully this will entertain you for at least as long as it takes you to read it. Firstly, Peru is beautiful. The group and I ...
Adele Pennington and Students from Royal Grammar School Worcester have a Summit Success!
Bramwell Internationals Ambassador Adele Pennington has sent us her latest news from India with students of the Royal Grammar School Worcester on expedition in Ladakh to climb Samgyal (5850m).The journey began in Delhi a city of extremes, from the oppressive humidity and heat that engulfs you as ...
Bramwell International Sends Students on Outward Bound Course
PRESS INFORMATION30th June 2011 Altrincham College Students to Take Part on Outward Bound Course Thanks to Support from Bramwell InternationalAltrincham College of Arts, based in south Manchester, is sending a group of 50 students on a three day Outward Bound experience in October 2011, thanks to ...
June 'Generations Campaign' Winner
Outward Bound CentreAberdovey, Wales1955My story goes back before I went to Outward Bound but it is very relevant.At the age of three I was evacuated from central London when the Blitz started. My sister and I were located in a private hostel with around 15 other children. Although not ill treated ...
A Day in the Life of a Working Boot - Joe Leaper
BLOG 3: Meindl Vakuum GTX........ A Boot Made For walkingBy Joe Leaper of Upland AccessThe weeks roll by and as we work the path gets longer and so we walk further. An hour we walked today. From the car park at 635m, down the stairs, away from the tarmac and onto the gravel, the grit, and the ...
Retailers on the Chilterns
The rolling Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire recently hosted the latest “On the Hill” training day for a select group of outdoor retailers.Those attending were drawn from many different parts of the country, including: Hereford, Abingdon, Reading, Milton Keynes, Rutland, Amersham and Great Dunmow ...
Summer Story from Nature Adventures by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
and Brita have developed their unique award-winning approach together over 20
years and have based this book on their own nature walks with their family of
four young sons. Find out more about their books at www.mickandbrita.com.Text
copyright Manning and Granström 2011Images reproduced ...
Car Free Walks - Pembrokeshire
Dinas Head from FishguardThe spectacular scenery of the Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park – cliff-tops coated with wild flowers, gorse and purple
heather, towering above the rocky beaches below – creates the perfect setting
for a host of great walks. And good train and bus connections make it ...
Wild Man, Wild Food Win a course with Fergus the Forager by signing up to our e-newsletter today!
Courses take place on one highly informative and enjoyable
and full-on foraging day, typically
lasting for between 12 and 13 hours and involve foraging for plants, seaweeds
and fungi, as seasonally available (not animals, fish or shellfish). We will explore different habitats, for example, ...
Up the Hill close to you!
accessible walks in your local area Walkingworld offer a series of stunning
walks around Great Britain. This month
we are featuring Walks in the Chilterns to inspire you to step away from the
hustle and bustle of city life for a moment.The Chiltern
Hills lie to the north and west of ...
Tell us your story
The Generations Campaign2011 marks 70 years of The Outward Bound Trust. To celebrate this Outward Bound in conjunction with Bramwell International, leading distributors of outdoor equipment in the UK and Ireland, are giving away a fabulous pair of Meindl Burma Pro boots to the best Outward Bound ...
Spring into Action
Put away your winter boots and ‘Spring into Action’The Lake District is boasting its ‘hosts of golden daffodils’, spring lambs and (at time of writing) clear blue skies. This is the perfect time of year to shake off bulky winter layers and get out and about. The Eden Valley and the ...
Return to Makalu for Adele
Bramwell sponsored mountaineer, Adele Pennington returns in early April to Nepal where she will make a further attempt to summit Makalu. She is very aware that there are a number of hurdles to be overcome and is being realistic about her climb, her own safety and her health. She is determined ...
Retailers go for hike with Bramwell
Retailers experience benefits of Bramwell International’s outdoor gear first hand Product induction and retailer training is essential for any outdoor clothing and apparel manufacturer or distributor. While many traditionally give presentations, leading outdoor distributor Bramwell International ...
Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom have written and illustrated over 60 books together. They have won many awards. Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, Yorkshire where they fell in love with nature from an early age. Brita Granstrom grew up close to nature on a Swedish farm. They are married with 4 ...
Outward Bound Generations Campaign
Leading outdoor distributor Bramwell International is pleased to announce that it has become an official member of The Patron's Company, the fundraising division of educational charity The Outward Bound Trust. By raising money from fundraising activities and donations from The Patron’s Company ...
Website for ‘Green’ Walkers
Car Free Walks is a website for environmentally friendly walkers. The site has a database of UK walks that can be reached using public transport.This provides information for people who want to reduce their environmental impact by using their car less frequently. Registered users of the website ...
Adele returns from Ecuador
Adele Pennington, Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker talks of her expedition to Ecuador.On the 15th December Adele set off to Ecuador equipped with her Meindl Boots and New Gregory Inyo 35 litre rucksack. For the first few days Adele trekked up Ilalo (3200m), Guagua Pichincha (4687m) and Ruco ...
Fergus The Forager
Fergus Drennan, known as Fergus The Forager.... Is one of the country's few full time foragers. In other words, he comments "whilst other no doubt more sensible people, earn a sensible living with a sensible job, I write about wild food, run wild food courses and generally have fun messing around ...
Adele Pennington, kitted out with Bramwell International gear
Adele Pennington, Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker heads off to Ecuador kitted out with Bramwell International gear…. Adele holder of the Mountain Instructor Certificate (MIC), has over 20 years experience of walking, mountaineering and climbing in the UK. Although a little embarrassed to admit ...
Katie joins the team
Katie Ellams has joined the head office team at Hincaster as a Customer Service Advisor. Originally from Cheshire, Katie moved to Cumbria in 2010 and has quickly settled in to the new pace of life in the beautiful Lake District.Along with everyone at Bramwell International, Katie is a ...
Launch of New Websites
We are pleased to announce after months of planning and testing, we have now launched four new websites dedicated to give all our brands a much higher profile, especially with consumers. Each website has been designed to provide clear easily accessible information on the actual brand and the ...
Packyourbags to Kilimanjaro
Packyourbags Travel Store based in Tunbridge Wells Kent, along with the Uniglobe Team, successfully summited the roof of Africa, Kilimanjaro. Mark Kempster quoted "nothing could prepare me for the altitude". The trip has raised over £31,000 for Plan International, Because I am a Girl. Mark ...
Busy Week at Friedrichshafen
A busy week was had by all at the annual Outdoor Show for the trade at Friedrichshafen in southern Germany. Home of the famous Zeppelin and situated on the picturesque shore of Lake Constance with Switzerland as a backdrop. This annual gathering of global outdoor gear manufacturers and retailers is ...