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Day 2 – Meonstoke to Harting Downs

Day 2 – Meonstoke to Harting Downs

We were hoping to make an early start on day 2 in an attempt to avoid hiking in the middle of the day where possible. The previous day’s relentless sunshine had been tough on both of us and the Met Office forecast suggested that things were likely to get hotter add the week went on. Unfortunately by the time we were putting one foot in front of the other is was already past 8 am. The first objective was to…

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10 cheap ways to drop your hiking carry weight

10 cheap ways to drop your hiking carry weight

Ultralight hiking gear isn’t cheap and you can spend thousands before reaching the holy grail of a sub-7kg ultralight base weight but there are a number of things that you can do to lower your carry weight without breaking the bank. Here are some of my top tips to save weight! 1. Ditch the stuff sacks Cost: free | Weight Saving: 150g + When you are out on the trail your kit is either all in your bag together and…

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South Downs Way

South Downs Way

Introduction In July I undertook my first long distance adventure of the year – an 8 day hike along the length South Downs Way, a spectacular walking and bike-packing trail in southern England. What is the South Downs Way? The South Downs Way (SDW) is a national trail which follows the course of the South Downs National Park in South East England, starting from Winchester and running roughly due east, ending at the foot of the Downs in Eastbourne, West…

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South Downs Way Day 1 – Winchester to East Meonstoke

South Downs Way Day 1 – Winchester to East Meonstoke

They say that the first step in any journey is the hardest and in the case of the South Downs Way this way this was definitely true for this trip, mainly because we couldn’t actually find the start. Eventually after an accidental tour of the city centre we eventually stumbled upon a rather modest little plaque behind a railing, half hidden by flowers and bunting. To save future walkers the same hassle we had I have added a pin to…

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Aricxi 20D Sil-nylon Ultralight 2 person Trekking Pole Tent Review

Aricxi 20D Sil-nylon Ultralight 2 person Trekking Pole Tent Review

Price £80 – £100 Weight – 1.2kg (ex pegs & guys) Score – 8 out 10 I needed a 2 lightweight person tent for my recent thru-hike of the South Downs Way and while I fancied splashing out on a Zpacks Duplex their waiting time was 2 months plus, so I decided to look at alternatives. After researching the popular alternatives and adding them to the gear comparison website I’m working on, I decided to take a gamble on an…

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Wild camping – Uldale Head, Yorkshire Dales

Wild camping – Uldale Head, Yorkshire Dales

Location: Tebay, on the border of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks. Elevation: 530m I often look out for 2 things when researching wild camping spots – easy access to the M6 motorway and great night photography opportunities. This wild camping spot has both of these qualities and has the added benefit of being situated in a quiet area of the eastern fells/western Yorkshire Dales. Parking is easy and less than a mile from the motorway and the…

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Wild Camping – Pillar, Lake District

Wild Camping – Pillar, Lake District

If you looking for a great 360 degree panoramic view of the lakes district and over towards the Irish sea then you will struggle to beat the summit of Pillar. This quiet and awkward to reach fell offers the rare opportunity to camp completely alone on the top of a high fell. With most of the other fells you often have to share camping locations with 2 or more tents, even in the depths of winter. There’s no water on…

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Wild Camping: Wolf Crag, Haweswater Reservoir

Wild Camping: Wolf Crag, Haweswater Reservoir

Location : Wolf Crag, overlooking Haweswater Reservoir Elevation: 490m I discovered this beautiful wild camping spot while out on a day hike from Haweswater. This area of the lake district is far less crowded that most parts, largely due to it’s remote location and because it’s a dead end road within only one building on the whole reservoir. That being said it’s a great location because it’s only 30 minutes from the m6 the climb only takes about 60 minutes…

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