Hiking

How to reduce your pack weight for hiking

On one of my earliest hiking trips I recall that I carried entire spare outfits, a heavy old Swedish army camping stove, at least one saucepan, and a two-man tent that weighed several kilos. Unsurprisingly, the thing I remember most about that trip is the overwhelming struggle with how heavy my pack was. I’ve learnt, adapted and improved since then …

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Top tips for expedition planning

So, you have a big dream…good.  No matter what expedition, adventure or challenge you can imagine, it can be achieved with a simple planning system that we use at Echio Adventure. This article is written to help you dream bigger, and guide you through the process to making your boldest trip yet, a reality. We’ll cover everything from the idea, …

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The Yorkshire Three Peaks – an almost perfect one-day hike

A few weeks ago, while on holiday in Cumbria, I was after a bit of a challenge and a fun day hike so we decided to hike the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Taking in the Pennine peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, it’s a roughly 24-mile route with some spectacular views and some glorious landscapes. Alongside the national Three Peaks Challenge, …

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Dartmoor Hiking: North to South Route

Are you looking for a challenging hike that will test both your navigation skills and your hill walking fitness? If so, you need to try some of the Dartmoor hiking routes that criss-cross this beautiful and very wild place. A National Park, Dartmoor is nestled in the south-west of England and is an ideal destination for hikers. Covering about 300 …

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Hot Weather Hiking Tips

The Sahara Desert – the ultimate hot weather destination for hikers. You unzip the door of your tent and the heat rolls in – it’s a scorching day outside. Your lips crack at the more thought of hiking into what will become a midday inferno. Even the parched plants look back at you with pity. But suffering for no good …

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How To Cross A River: The Hiker’s Guide

A narrow water obstacle (open lead) at the North Pole. Not the kind of water crossing you want to attempt. Picture the scene: your hike has taken you deep into the serene and beautiful hills. Ahead lie swathes of green grass, shimmering peaks and slashes of crystal blue water. But in no time at all the stunning view turns dim …

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Rules for Hiking: Including Recycling Your Pee!

Follow the rules, keep the green places green. We are hikers, we were born to explore, we travel places many others aren’t interested or inclined to go to. We love the outdoors and a sense of adventure that brings being in green and wild places. And with that sense of wonder comes a need to protect and preserve the places …

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Walks Near Thame in Oxfordshire | 4 Long Walks

Thame Town Hall

I know quite a few of the many walks near Thame as I live here. The small market town nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside boasts some of the finest footpaths and sites in the English countryside whilst Oxfordshire might not be known for having the biggest hills, it certainly has some truly stunning locations for you to walking. As well …

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Wittenham Clumps Walk: Hard and Easy Routes

wittenham clumps near didcot

This Wittenham clumps walk covers 4 miles of beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. AKA ‘Mother Dunch’s Buttocks’, the Clumps are a pair of chalk hills located in an otherwise flat area of the Thames Valley.  Named Castle Hill and Round Hill, the heights offer sightseers a stunning panorama of the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. Both hills are crowned by wreaths of woodland and one …

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5 tips for coping with rain on multi-day hikes

I’m British, and it’s a sad fact for hikers in the UK that some of the best places here to hike (Wales and Scotland) are also amongst the rainiest. Anyone who wants a decent multi-day hike in the UK, even in the height of summer, is going to have to contend with the very high probability that it will absolutely …

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