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Ready For Winter Walks – Blaze Wear Heated Clothing

I love hiking and walking in Winter. The countryside paths gets quieter, the views get different and immense on mountains and hills, covered in snow. The whole year round brings new perspectives. One thing about Winter hiking and stopping to take in views and photographs… cold! This year I am ready for the Winter cold with Blaze Wear Heated clothing. And it works fantastically. I am getting ready for some Winter mountain walks and timely, Blaze Wear, asked me to try out their Traveller Jacket and Faye try the Inner Gloves. I can honestly say these are no gimmicks,...

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Hiking in the Dolomites

Italy is such a seductive place for the traveller. I don’t think that there is is another country that has so much beauty and difference in such a relatively small area. Be it the rolling hills of Tuscany, the dramatic Amalfi coast, the stunning great lakes of the North, the historic towns and cities, the food, the wine, or the beautiful people. La dolce vita. There is so much to enjoy in Italy and for walkers it even has the most beautiful mountains. The Dolomites are dramatic, spectacular, colourful, and should be on any hiker’s to do list, or...

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Cares Gorge – The Best Walk in Spain?

If you are anywhere in the region of the of the Picos de Europa then you have to walk the ‘Garganta del Cares’ – the Cares Gorge. Is it the best day walk in Spain? I don’t know the answer as I’ve not walked them all (yet!), but it’s a walk of staggering beauty with breathtaking views. Cares Gorge is 12km long and is bookended by the villages of Caín in the south and Poncebos in the north. The gorge was created by the river Cares and splits the western and central massifs of the Picos range. The scale...

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Hiking in the Picos de Europa

It was during a trip to the Isle of Skye a few years ago that I decided that precious days off work on walking holidays may be better spent somewhere where I wasn’t going to get soaked to the bone, battered by wind, and having to do the fandango across waterlogged paths so as to avoid treading on a hundred frogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love walking in Britain and the west coast of Scotland and the islands are magical places. It’s just that sometimes it’s nice to have a bit of sun on your back and not...

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Kitted for Summer with Simply Hike

Hiking. My hobby, my passion, as well as my job to a large extent. Add in all the dog walks you can imagine I spend most of my life in hiking gear so I do need gear that firstly, does the job, secondly, will last over testing conditions and of course looks good. That is where I was pleased to be asked by Simply Hike to test out a few items of their range and boy have I been testing it. I had heard many many great reviews re Simply Hike. From the range of top brands to the...

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Walking Tenerife – Above The Clouds Amongst Ancient Rocks

It was the fourth day of walking on this Tenerife Walking Festival and what a magnificent way to finish! Walking a route above the clouds amongst ancient volcanoes and volcanic rocks. Starting beneath the peak of El Teide on the South West side it was a shorter walk but absolutely no less spectacular. With much variety. Spectacular? Yes, this is the real Tenerife. Away from the small section of bars and pools. Volcano peaks in every direction you look. Rocks of ancient times beneath your feet and nature in all its colour fighting the elements. As it was my...

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