Visitors to South Wales have long held the historic county of Glamorgan in high regard. Twinning the urban centres of Cardiff and Swansea with the world-famous green, green grass of rural Wales, there is certainly plenty on offer. So what exactly should visitors to this famed part of the world do on their breaks?
In the first part of our bike maintenance series, how to make your bike go faster, we covered the things that every speed demon should know. This time, we’re going to look at what every bike owner should know, regardless of your cycling habits.
Your bike keeps you fit, gets you out amongst the elements, lets you travel, and provides you with entertainment; so don’t neglect it. Here are some tips to keep your bike going for longer.
Here in the UK, we have some of Europe’s best walking and cycling routes right on our doorstep. We’ve already taken a look at some of the many sprawling National Trails on our lands, but the next instalment in our “All about the…” series is one of our personal favourites. When you think of Yorkshire you might think of puddings, terriers and tea; but when we think of Yorkshire, we think of the Yorkshire Wolds Way.
The Yorkshire Wolds Way is one of four National Trails located in the county, and stretches for 79 miles from Hessle to Filey – so if you’ve ever trekked along the Cleveland Way before you’ll have either started or finished at an end-point of the Yorkshire Wolds Way. It’s considered one of the best trails for newbies as it’s not too long, the terrain isn’t as challenging, and there’s plenty to see and do en route.
The whole walk will take you around five to six days, but if you need to pick and choose which stretches you want to walk, here’s a breakdown of what you can expect.
Whether it’s for long distance travel or just making your way up some mountains, we’d all like our bicycles to be able to move that little bit faster.
While you might not want your pedal bike to get up to the dizzying speeds reached by professional motorcycle racer Guy Martin at the beginning of the year – an insane 112 miles per hour (albeit with the help of slipstreaming) – it would certainly be nice to feel a little lighter on our frames and get from A to B quicker. To help, here are a few quick tips on how you can make your bicycle pick up speed.
The one thing you’ll probably realise, once you’ve committed to traversing Scotland, coast to coast, is that the country’s a lot bigger than you think. Possessing over 10,000 miles of coastline (mainland and islands combined), it’s clear that The Proclaimers weren’t exaggerating when they pledged to walk 500 miles – the mainland alone measures 6,160 miles of glorious coastline (sorry).
Consisting of sandy pastures, estuarine firths, promontories and sea lochs, this part of the world is stunning and unlike anywhere else. It can also be tough to cross, but that’s the challenge. While we aren’t suggesting you tackle the entire length, here are a few walks on Scotland’s coast that you might like to try:
If you were in New York City and a local asked you where they should visit during their stay in England, you’ll certainly say London; for busy urban areas, you’ll likely say Manchester and Birmingham; for vibrancy and scenic seaside qualities, you might say the Westcountry or Brighton. One place that doesn’t necessarily spring to mind, however, is Durham.
Whether you are an accomplished explorer or a weekend walker, camping and outdoor activities can be a great way to spend your leisure time. There’s nothing like sitting in a magical trance with family and friends, letting a dancing campfire entertain you whilst toasting one more marshmallow or the enticing smell of a summery BBQ.
However, experience aside, it is important to stay safe, especially if you are out in more rural areas.
We’re lucky in Britain that our seasons are so wonderfully defined; each one quite distinct from its predecessor due to the colour of the leaves on the trees, the abundance of native flowers and the low-lying mist on the ground. It would be difficult to choose a favourite season, even the tumultuous grey skies of late autumn, the withering heat of summer and the frozen ground of mid-winter have their charms – but there’s something about spring; this awakening of nature after its sleepy hibernation and regeneration of flora and fauna.
When you envisage your next camping trip, there’s one element that impacts all the others. We use it to cook food; we use it for warmth; we use it for light when we’ve arrived late and the torch is playing up. It’s what we sit around when we’re swapping stories and looking over a map to plan the next day’s activities. It is, of course, a campfire – and most people don’t know how to light one properly.
Oh sure, when the weather is hot and dry it can be as easy as collecting some leaves and twigs and tossing a match on them, but how long will that last? And what if it’s raining?
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