Riding the Fred Whitton 2018 – what I learned

For those of us who like cycling and live in the Lakes, the Fred Whitton Challenge ‘the Fred’ is an annual event that tugs at the sinews of curious cyclists. Is it achievable? Will I secure an entry? How much will it hurt? Do I have enough time to train?

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Top ten Summer Holiday ideas with the kids

As the long summer holidays continue, the cries of ‘what are we going to do today?’ soon start and children’s expectations can be alarmingly high. With a long six weeks stretching out before you, here are some ideas to foster a spirit of adventure and get the kids having fun in nature’s playground without breaking the bank. Most of them can be done with very little planning just about anywhere in the country.
Copyright: Rachel Crolla

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Seven Midsummer Days – a walk between three treefolds

There’s something about walking into the big wide open, knowing that your walk will last not just hours, but days. A certain feeling brought on, perhaps, by the rhythm of repeated footfall and the ever changing views, that softens the edges of thought, keens the senses, and deepens the pleasure of being outside.

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FORT WILLIAM DOWNHILL WORLD CUP 2018

When the World Cup downhill championships come so close (Fort William is only an hour and a half away from us) it would be rude not to spend a day popping through to see the action on the tracks down from Aonach Mor. We were lucky enough to get tickets to see the finals on Sunday.

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WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS IN FRANCE

There is no school on a Wednesday afternoon across the majority of France. The idea is, that children use this time to pursue any hobbies or sports that might interest them. In the past, the older boys have signed up to judo at the beginning of the year and that has been our Wednesday afternoons accounted for.

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An Epic Wiltshire Walk

Although I’m writing this on a particularly rainy day, May really has been pretty glorious so far, giving us some perfect weather for adventures. The good weather, #NationalWalkingMonth and new shoes from Little Trekkers (Meindl Responds for the 7yo) inspired us to plan an epic walk.

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The Long View Exhibition

Where did the time go?
Nearly the end of May already, and we’re excitedly preparing to bring The Long View exhibition to the south of the country. Seven remarkably ordinary trees will soon adorn the walls at Oxford’s North Wall Arts Centre and at O N C A in Brighton

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Spotlight on Meindl

There’s plenty of equipment that walkers and trekkers can use. But one of the true essentials is a good pair of walking boots. Lars and Lukas Meindl talk about how they make walking boots and what Meindl means to them.

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