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Safety
Advice from Mountain Rescue

21/03/2023 10 mins read

Mountain Rescue England and Wales share their expert advice to help you stay safe outdoors. Find out how to plan ahead, stay safe on the hills and how to call Mountain Rescue in an emergency.

Walking
Best woodland walks

17/03/2023 All of Great Britain 5 mins read

From family-friendly forest parks to less-trodden ancient woodlands, here are the best woodland walks in the UK which are not to be missed.

Running
Bob Graham Round

13/03/2023 North West 10 mins read

The Bob Graham Round is an iconic sub-24-hour fell challenge which traverses much of the Lake District. OS Champion Alex Staniforth shares his experience of the Round and why this epic Lakeland route makes such a memorable run or walk.

Horse riding
How to plan a horse riding route near you

08/03/2023 10 mins read

OS Champion, Charlotte Ditchburn from the British Horse Society, explains where you can ride a horse and how to plan horse riding routes near you.

Places to go
South West Coast Path: 10 of the best spots

08/03/2023 South West 10 mins read

The South West Coast Path stretches from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset. OS Champion, Bel Dixon, shares her favourite spots to enjoy on the stunning South West Coastal Path.

Cycling
Bikepacking on an e-bike

28/02/2023 10 mins read

OS Champion, Phillipa Cherryson, shares her newfound love for e-biking and offers some great advice on bikepacking on an electric bike.

Family activities
Best wild ruins for families to visit in the Midlands

08/02/2023 East Midlands 10 mins read

Nikki Squires, author of Wild Guide Central England, shares her favourite wild ruins in the Midlands area. From the White Ladies Priory in Wolverhampton to the The Elephant Stone in Worcestershire, all these family-friendly locations make a great day out.

Cycling
Cycling Britain with OS Maps

01/02/2023 10 mins read

Mark Wedgwood took on the epic challenge to cycle Britain, passing through all 204 OS Landranger Maps. Find out what he learnt from his trip and get some great advice on multi-day adventures and cycling in Britain.

Running
A beginner's guide to trail running

24/01/2023 10 mins read

Looking to get more from your runs? Enjoy one of the many benefits of trail running and discover new paths near you. Our beginner's guide to trail running will help get you started.

Camping
A guide to Wild Camping on Dartmoor

24/01/2023 South West 10 mins read

Wild camping on Dartmoor has changed, but there are many areas where it's still permitted. You’re going to need a rucksack for this one as camping next to the road or in camper vans is not allowed. Here's all you need to know about wild camping on Dartmoor.

Swimming
The benefits of cold water swimming

23/01/2023 10 mins read

If you are new to, or already enjoy swimming outdoors and taking a dip in open water, this article offers an introduction to the many healthy benefits of cold water swimming. Experts tell us why this activity has hooked people across the nation and offer advice for those wanting to give it ago.

Map Reading
An advanced guide to measuring distance

04/01/2023 10 mins read

An important part of navigation is being able to calculate distance on a map, then estimate that distance on the ground to reach your next navigation point. This advanced map reading guide explains how to calculate distance on the ground for walking or running to improve your navigation skills.

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