REVIEW: Mountain Warehouse Heavenly Extreme Women’s Ski Jacket

January 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

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I spent last week skiing like a loon in Val Thorens, and the fab folk at Mountain Warehouse kitted me out before I left for my Three Valleys adventure with this gorgeous purple Heavenly Extreme Ski Jacket, £69.99. Seven days of relentless bombing down pistes, falling over in powder and attempting to look cool in the park seemed like the ideal way to put it through its paces.

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LOCATION GUIDE: outdoor musts in Leeds and Yorkshire

January 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Despite my love affair with the outdoor beauties of the West Country, there’s so much exciting stuff kicking off up North this year that I am tempted to up sticks and move to the dales. In the meantime, outdoor girl Sarah Oxley has written us this fantastic guide to the best fresh air events in Leeds and Yorkshire.

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Photoblog: Abandoned places

January 30, 2013 § 1 Comment

Check out these incredible photos of lost cities, underwater treasures and nature taking over the man-made from Francesco Mugnai’s design blog. They give me wanderlust like nothing else.

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‘Sheila’s Perfume’ and 27 other odd rose names

January 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

American photographer Russ McClintock has made a little collection of some of Britain’s most eccentric monikers for rose varieties. My favourites are Razzle Dazzle and Golden Oldie, but they are all very sweet (pun intended).

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10 Country Walks Less than an Hour from Central London

January 16, 2013 § 1 Comment

While London may an awesome city to set up camp in, those living in the Big Smoke’s urban sprawl may sometimes find they yearn for the opportunity to escape to the country, if only for a hipster-free afternoon of mud and cheaper beer in country pubs. Here’s a quick guide to 10 walks that are easily accessible from the capital:

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Photoblog: the ski photoshoot

January 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

I spent last week on the sunny slopes of Verbier shooting a ski and snowboard photography feature for NPhoto magazine with the fantastic Ross Woodhall. Click on the images to see them in all their glory.

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A year in the Spanish outdoors

January 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

No matter where I live in the world, I’ll always have a huge soft spot for Spain. It’s a treasure trove of unspoilt beauty spots and offers an amazing range of outdoor activities to suit all seasons, from gentle walks in summer to extreme skiing in winter. Here’s my favourite destinations for a year of outdoor love.

SPRING: HIKING IN THE PYRENEES
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