Review: Vango Monaco 500 Airbeam 5-man tent

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The Vango Monaco 500 tent with Airbeams/ inflatable poles is the quickest large 5-man tent I have put up and is a revelation for me for making short family camping trips much less of a hassle in putting up the tent - leaving more time for the fun stuff :-)

Formentor beach & Mirador Es Colomer Viewpoint, Mallorca

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A stunning view of the wild Peninsula of Cap Formentor on Mallorca's northern coast from Mirador Es Colomer. It's one of the most popular views in Mallorca and is actually fairly accessible to get here as you will find out.

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Approaching Formentor beach by boat - one of Mallorca's finest sandy beaches and home of one of Mallorca's oldest and exclusive hotel's - the Formentor Hotel

Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk, Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove view via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
Admiring the view on top of the stunning Malham Cove in the Yorkshire Dales

Malham Cove via Gordale Scar Walk and Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales
The view into Gordale Scar and the fun scramble up next to the waterfall that awaits


Gear Review: Vango Nanga 60+10 Rucksack

Review: Vango Nanga 60+10 Rucksack
The Vango Nanga 60 + 10 - a great value, comfortable rucksack with lots of features.

Helvellyn via Striding Edge walk, Lake District

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Helvellyn is one of the Lakes most popular walks and this is a classic Lake District view over Striding Edge, with Red Tarn to the left and Ullswater Lake just visible in the distance.


Nietzsche Path, Eze Village, near Nice / Monaco, France

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View from the Nietzsche Path looking over Eze-sur-mer on the way down from  Eze Village, France. You can see Cap Ferat in the distance and the bay of Villefranche where many Cruise Ships dock

Blencathra walk via Sharp Edge, Lake District

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Looking down towards one of my favourite ridge walks - Sharp Edge, en-route to the summit of Blencathra.


Recipe: Moreish pumpkin & sunflower seed trail mix

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I have been asked to contribute some hiking/camping food recipes to a blog and this is my 'Moreish pumpkin and sunflower seed trail mix'

My Top 10 best views in Northern England

A lone tree on Egton High Moor surrounded by a carpet of flowering heather near Egton Bridge on the North York Moors
A lone tree on Egton High Moor surrounded by a carpet of flowering heather as the sun sets, near Egton Bridge on the North York Moors. What this image doesn't capture is the aroma of heather which just added to the beauty of this place.

A superb skiing holiday in Morzine, Avoriaz & Les Gets, France, with resort info.

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Skiing through a forest piste from the top of La Rosta, Les Gets, in the Portes du Soleil area, France. It's a magical experience just slowly cruising through the snow covered pine forests, and 
the Portes du Soleil ski area provides lots of opportunities for skiing on a variety of stunning pistes. 

High Cup Nick Walk from Dufton, Cumbria - fun in the snow!

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Admiring the amazing view from High Cup Nick, Cumbria - midway on our circular walk from Dufton. You can clearly see an impressive example of a glacial valley, which was carved out of ancient ice.

Chuffed my blog's won an award!

What a great end to 2015! I'm chuffed to bit with this! My blog was voted the Best Independent Blog of the Year 2015 by Go Outdoors Customers! Thank you all for your votes!

Stunning autumnal views & walks at Blea Tarn, Langdale, Lake District, UK.

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Sitting down and soaking in the stunning autumnal views above Blea Tarn and looking towards the Langdale Pikes


A Spectacular Cloud Inversion from Walla Crag, near Keswick, Lake District, UK.

A quick evening walk up to Walla Crag to see a spectacular cloud inversion in the Lake District


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Looking west from Walla Crag, towards the peaks of Crag Hill and Grisedale Pike, with Derwent Water buried beneath the cloud.

My first Calendar! Northern England's Finest Landscapes 2016

My 2016 Calendar - featuring photos of my best landscapes from Northern England, including the Lake District, Northumberland & Yorkshire. Christmas Present Gift walking hiking photography ideas
My 2016 Calendar - featuring photos of my best landscapes from Northern England, including the Lake District, Northumberland & Yorkshire.


The steep 'Jacks Rake' route scramble up the Langdale Pikes, via Stickle Tarn, Lake District Walks

A breathtaking walk & tricky scramble up to Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake, then onto Harrison Stickle & Pike of Stickle in Langdale, Lake District


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One of the best views from this Jacks Rake Walk. This picture is from the top of Pavey Ark, one of the Langdale Pikes. You can see Stickle Tarn to the centre quite well as it's the closest, Windermere Lake to the far left, Coniston Water centre in the far distance and the small Blea Tarn to the right.

Low Fell Walk, Crummock Water, Lake District Walks

A stunning evening walk up Low Fell, one of the Lake District's hidden gems offering some of the best views in the Lakes



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One of the best photos of the day - view from the most southern end of Low Fell looking towards Crummock Water and the distant Buttermere fells as the sun goes down behind me. What an awesome evening summers walk this was.

Buttermere Lake Walk & 'The Tree', Lake District Walks


A leisurely walk round Buttermere with great views of Fleetwith Pike & Haystacks


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My best photo of the day - looking over Buttermere lake towards Fleetwith Pike (near the tree) and Haystacks (Alfred Wainwrights favourite Lake District mountain) to the right of Fleetwith Pike.