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Route of the week

15
Jan
2015
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Route of the week: Off-road mountain bike route – Drum, Carneddau mountains

Today’s ride is a guest blog is from Jim Langley who runs Nature’s Work, an educational consultancy bringing to life the natural world through a range of wildlife walks, educational courses and training events and Climb it Range a company celebrating outdoor achievement with great design.

Length of route: 11.3 miles
Starting point: SH655728
Suitable for: Cycling (experienced mountain bikers) or walking if you retrace your route from Drum to the car park.
Maps: OS Explorer Map OL17 Snowdon
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1
Dec
2014
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All about the Pembrokeshire Coast Path

Pembrokeshire CoastEven as recently as the 1950s, there were sections of West Wales where transport routes between towns were so ineffective that the best way of travelling between them was by boat. Noting the problem, naturalist and author Ronald Lockley set about instigating change. In 1953 Lockley compiled a report for the Countryside Commission in which he put forward the idea of a coastal pathway. It was part of wider proposals to make Pembrokeshire the country’s first (and only) coastal National Park.

Within just two decades, Lockley’s vision was realised. The Pembrokeshire Coast was not only a dedicated National Park, it also boasted its very own coastal path stretching for 186 miles (300km) from St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south. Read More

26
Nov
2014
0

5 winter walks to try around Great Britain

Couple Walking Dog Through Winter WoodlandFor some, winter is a time of hibernation, staying in and never straying too far from the fireplace. For many others, though, it’s a time to get out the scarves, gloves, earmuffs and woolly hats which themselves have been hibernating for most of the year, and head out into the fresh chill outside.

Keen walkers know that the some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes really come into their own in the colder season. A touch of frost here, a layer of snow there; it all adds up to make some of Britain’s most stunning scenery. So if you’ve got your layers on and fancy a stroll, here are some of our favourite winter walks around the country. Read More

12
Sep
2014
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Route of the week: Mike Cuming’s Swynerton Run

Mike-CumingAs official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

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Mike Cuming is one of Rapha Condor JLT’s quiet achievers, taking at least one major win a year since coming to the team in 2012. Cuming first made people take note when he won the U23 National Road Race Championships in 2012; before he went on to take his biggest success winning the overall at the Tour of Korea in 2013. Read More

10
Sep
2014
0

Route of the week: Chris Opie’s Cornish 200 km

OpieAs official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

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Chris Opie is one of the fastest finishing riders in the UK, and he is also the most South Westerly located rider in the domestic peloton. Haling from Truro in Cornwall, where he lives with his partner and son, Opie no doubt has the longest commute of anyone to get to races in the UK, but the 27 year-old is happy to spend the extra time travelling to races if it means that he can train on his home roads in Cornwall. Read More

8
Sep
2014
0

Route of the week: Tom Moses’ Yorkshire Dales

Moses-Somerberg-3As official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

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Tom Moses has been one of Rapha Condor JLT’s top performers in 2014, scoring some impressive results in the spring, including a memorable stage win in diabolical conditions at the Tour of Normandy in France, where he held the yellow jersey for a number of days. Read More

6
Sep
2014
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Route of the week: Richard Handley’s Clieves Hill and Southport loop

Handley-prime-3As official mapping partner for the 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain we’re thrilled to be supporting the race and will be at the Liverpool, Brighton and London stages if you want to pop by and see us. We’re also extremely excited to be able to bring you a series of recommended rides from the Rapha Condor JLT team. Ranging from 100–200km, from Skipton to Bodmin, there should be routes to suit many cyclists.

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Richard Handley is one of the key players in the tightly knit Rapha Condor JLT team. Handley is widely regarded as one of the most calculating and intelligent riders in the bunch, and he has been instrumental in the success of others in the team over the past three years, as well as scoring some notable successes of his own – most recently at the Ryedale GP in Yorkshire. Read More

29
Aug
2014
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Walk of the week: Scenic Windermere walk and boat tour

Today’s walk is a guest blog from Digital Outdoors, a network of over 60 camping and outdoor holiday websites. Their mission is to connect UK campers with great campsites and inspire and nurture a love for the Great British Outdoors.

Length of route: 3.1 m
Starting point: SD 413 987
Suitable for: Walking
Maps: OS Explorer Map OL7 The English Lakes: South-Eastern area
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6
Aug
2014
0

Walk of the week: Explore the magnificent scenery around Boscastle, North Cornwall

Boscastle walk - Grower WalkToday’s guest walk in Boscastle, North Cornwall is by Country Walking. Heading inland initially, this circular route climbs past beautiful cottages before entering the dark green, moist Nectan’s Glen and emerging at the superb Rocky Valley. Then it’s onto the majestic rollercoaster that is the South West Coast Path, which offers magnificent views all the way back to the pretty harbour of Boscastle.

Length of route: 6¾ miles
Starting point: SX 102 913
Suitable for: Walking
Maps:
OS Explorer Map 111 Bude, Boscastle & Tintagel
OS Landranger Map 190 Bude & Covelly
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Boscastle walking route map

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30
Jul
2014
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Plan a visit to a National Park

This week is National Parks Week, a seven-day celebration of Britain’s wildlife. It sees events organised across Britain’s 15 National Parks and encourages all Brits to head out and explore open areas right on their doorstep. There will also be a photography competition (on the theme ‘Space to Grow’) and overnight stays to show off the Parks’ dark skies.

So for those planning a visit to one of Britain’s National Parks for the big week ahead, here are some of the goings on you can look forward to.


Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons

Pen y Fan View To Cribyn, © Douglas Law

‘Take pART’ is an arts and crafts scheme aimed at allowing children to get creative, learn a new skill and make something tangible, especially if this can be done with natural materials. This year’s National Parks Week will coincide with two Take pART workshops: pottery and felt pictures.

Both workshops will take place at the National Park visitor centre, with pottery on the cards on July 29 and felt the following day. The cost for each will be £5 per child. Adults or families looking for more physical activities, meanwhile, may be tempted by the Walk, Talk and Tea stroll around Mynydd Illtud. The family-friendly four-mile stroll will take in industrial sites, spiritual centre and Iron Age hillfort (depending on time). Space on the walk cost £4 but this includes a cream tea. Read More